Mi­nis­ter Felix: “In­ves­ti­ga­ti­on has been laun­ched”

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

Mi­nis­ter of Ci­ti­zens­hip, Wins­ton Felix, has said that a full in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on has been laun­ched to de­ter­mi­ne the cir­cum­stan­ces un­der which con­vic­ted drug lord, Bar­ry Da­ta­ram, and his re­pu­ted wi­fe, An­ja­nie Bood­na­ri­ne, we­re is­sued pas­sports. It tur­ned out that the pas­sports we­re is­sued in na­mes other than the na­mes of the hol­ders. The fa­ke pas­sports, which we­re found in their pos­ses­si­on, bo­re the na­mes Da­vid Pers­aud and Chris­ti­ne Pers­aud with the year of is­sue being 2013 and 2016 res­pec­ti­ve­ly. Mi­nis­ter Felix said that the pas­sports are now in the pos­ses­si­on of the po­li­ce and that the in­ves­ti­ga­ti­on, which has been laun­ched will seek to de­ter­mi­ne the cir­cum­stan­ces un­der which the pas­sports we­re is­sued, who and what do­cu­ments we­re in­vol­ved in their pre­pa­ra­ti­on and the me­thod of the hus­band and wi­fe’s de­par­tu­re from Gu­y­a­na. The Mi­ni­stry of the Pre­si­d­en­cy, in a sta­te­ment, war­ned that tho­se cul­pa­ble will fa­ce the hars­hest pos­si­ble ac­ti­on. Ac­cor­ding to re­ports, Da­ta­ram and Ms. Bood­na­ri­ne we­re ar­re­sted in Su­ri­na­me on Fri­day and hand­ed over to Gu­y­a­ne­se au­tho­ri­ties. The Mi­ni­stry of Ci­ti­zens­hip, which has res­pon­si­bi­li­ty for im­mi­gra­ti­on ser­vi­ces, said it in­heri­ted a num­ber of chal­len­ges re­la­ted to the in­te­gri­ty of sys­tems when the new ad­mi­ni­stra­ti­on took of­fi­ce in May 2015 and ha­ve been wor­king to cor­rect the­se is­sues. Da­ta­ram and his wi­fe, along with two others, we­re char­ged with pos­ses­si­on of 129.23kg of co­cai­ne at his ho­me for the pur­po­se of traf­fic­king. They we­re ar­re­sted on April 16, 2015. On Sep­tem­ber 27, 2016, Da­ta­ram was con­vic­ted and sen­ten­ced to fi­ve ye­ars’ im­prison­ment whi­le Bood­na­ri­ne and the two other co-de­fen­dants we­re ac­quit­ted. Da­ta­ram was al­so fi­ned $164,286,000 for pos­ses­si­on of co­cai­ne. He and his wi­fe we­re hand­ed over to Gu­y­a­ne­se au­tho­ri­ties at Mo­le­son Creek, East Ber­bi­ce on Sa­tur­day, and we­re la­ter ta­ken in­to cus­to­dy.


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