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Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thurs. June 1, 2006: Head of the Presidential Secretariat in Guyana and Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon says allegations of taped conversations between a political activist and the country’s commissioner of police must be proven before the government will take action.

Luncheon, addressing the issue that emerged weeks ago and quickly became dubbed as ‘tape gate,’ said yesterday, “This is a high tech world. All kinds of things do happen; let’s find out if this is the real Mc Koy.”

Asked at his week post-cabinet press briefing whether there would be an investigation into the illegal taping of conversations, the cabinet secretary said that this could be in the making, but the authenticity of the tape has to first be proven before such an investigation could be mounted.

Minister of Home Affairs Gail Teixeira had approached the Federal Bureau of Investigation earlier in the year when the first taped conversation was made public to assist with the expertise in identifying the voices on the tape. However, to date, no identification has been made.

Dr. Luncheon clarified that he has not personally heard the taped conversation, but rather saw the transcripts. And commenting on media reports, he said that the government official that was quoted as saying Police Commissioner Winston Felix’s actions would be investigated could not have possibly been speaking on behalf of the cabinet, since the cabinet is yet to determine the identify of the voice on the tape.

The scandal hit the media in March with several Guyana media houses airing a compact disc recording sent to them anonymously of what appeared to be a telephone conversation between Commissioner Felix and Opposition Member of Parliament of the Peoples National Congress, Attorney-at-Law Basil Williams. The conversation focused on recent killings and kidnappings. –