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`Sash' Sawh's murder…

Minister's colleagues dissatisfied with lack of progress in investigations

The Cabinet colleagues of slain Agriculture Minister Satyadeow Sawh are dissatisfied with the lack of progress in the investigations into his killing.

Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon at his weekly press briefing yesterday said the dissatisfaction stems mainly from the fact that almost four weeks have elapsed, and still no one has been arrested or placed before the courts.

In fact, the investigations seem to have met a dead end with no word forthcoming from the police, despite an early pronouncement that the crime was politically motivated.

Quizzed on whether this might have been premature, Luncheon said there are suspicions about the ‘intellectual authors' of the murder, but added that a successful prosecution in a court of law is the ultimate goal and as such hard evidence must be collected. He cited the paucity of intelligence in the investigations, and pointed out that this was the major hurdle facing investigators, even as the Criminal Investigations Department of the force says those investigations are continuing.

Sawh was murdered along with his brother Rajpat Sawh, his sister Pulmattie Persaud and security guard Curtis Robertson when a gang of heavily armed gunmen stormed the Minister's La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara home on the night of April 21. Meanwhile Kaieteur News has learnt that, despite the prevailing concerns, some members of the Cabinet and other senior government functionaries are not happy with the security measures currently in place.

Kaieteur News was reliably informed that some security details at the officials' residences have been issued with radio sets by the police, but some of these are not hooked up to a central base, despite assurances that they are.

One official told this newspaper that death was now an occupational hazard. Luncheon said yesterday that the security measures currently being employed are a ‘work in progress' and, while some officials might not be totally satisfied, they stem from decisions that Cabinet has seen as reasonable and has implemented.