‘He has done a fan­tas­tic job’

Stabroek News Sunday - - GLOBAL GOSSIP -

Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Se­cu­rity Khem­raj Ram­jat­tan yes­ter­day sought to dis­pel sus­pi­cions of a move to get rid of Crime Chief Wen­dell Blan­hum, whom he called a “se­ri­ous pil­lar” of the Guyana Po­lice Force, while prais­ing his per­for­mance. Blan­hum, who heads the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment (CID), is presently on 90 days of ac­cu­mu­lated leave and is ex­pected to re­turn to of­fice in De­cem­ber.

Blan­hum’s leave closely fol­lowed Pres­i­dent David Granger’s dec­la­ra­tion that the re­cently-con­cluded Com­mis­sion of In­quiry (CoI) into the al­leged as­sas­si­na­tion plot against him had ex­posed se­ri­ous de­fi­cien­cies and weak­nesses in the Guyana Po­lice Force. Granger had also de­clared that he thought it was “un­ac­cept­able” to come to con­clu­sions about the al­leged plot be­fore the com­ple­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“I think it is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able for any pub­lic of­fi­cial to deem the al­le­ga­tion or the in­ten­tion of the plot to as­sas­si­nate the pres­i­dent of any coun­try as be­ing in­her­ently in­cred­i­ble …that a per­son who [was] ap­pointed to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, be­fore com­plet­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to come to such con­clu­sions,” he said, in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to Blan­hum’s tes­ti­mony be­fore the CoI, in which he had called the al­le­ga­tions of the as­sas­si­na­tion plot “in­her­ently in­cred­i­ble.” Wen­dell Blan­hum

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