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Guyana’s Police Commissioner, Winston Felix
Guyana’s Police Commissioner, Winston Felix. (HBN File Photo)

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thurs. June 9, 2006: Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have reportedly claimed they could not authenticate the controversial taped conversations that allegedly occurred between the country’s police commissioner and a member of the main opposition party because the tapes sent to them were not the originals.

That’s the word from Head of the Presidential Secretariat and Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, who made the disclosure during his weekly post-cabinet news conference at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday.

Luncheon said the disclosure presents “some formidable challenges,” adding, “I think we might as well hang that up (since) I don’t know where you are going to get an original or authentic copy.”

Still the cabinet head said there are other ways of establishing authenticity and more advice on the matter will be sought from other “technical people.”

Commissioner Winston Felix on Tuesday apparently met the government’s deadline for him to respond to the allegations. It is unclear what Felix told Prime Minister Sam Hinds but yesterday Luncheon stated, “There is the view that the request for explanations…could indeed very well be answered with a flat denial (by Felix).”

A copy of portions of the conversations, obtained by HBN, reveal two men, alleged to be Felix and a Peoples National Congress member, chatting about a range of issues including the Agricola and Eccles, East Bank Demerara murder of eight persons, the police response time to the crime, the murder of Shaka Blair, the general election and the discussions of a kidnapping, as well as reactions to criticism by Gerry Gouveia and Norman McLean of the Chamber of Commerce on the police efforts to tackle crime.

The man, presumed to be Felix tells the other to laughter, “These Putagee people talking a lot of sc--- banna.”

Hinds has to advise the President if misbehavior was deemed following which a tribunal has to be appointed to investigate the allegations of misconduct. Felix, though, according to the Guyana Chronicle, is due to go on pre-retirement leave on August 15. –