Lindo Creek CoI seek­ing ex-Joint Ser­vices per­son­nel for in­ter­views

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

The for­mer Joint Ser­vices mem­bers be­ing sought by the Com­mis­sion of In­quiry (CoI) into the 2008 Lindo Creek killings are wanted for in­ter­views to de­ter­mine if they have any rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, ac­cord­ing to le­gal coun­sel Pa­trice Henry.

Henry told Sun­day Stabroek that since the pub­li­ca­tion of news­pa­per ads nam­ing the per­son­nel last week, a num­ber of them have made con­tact with the CoI.

The CoI ads had asked that Ay­o­dele Wool­ford, for­mer lieu­tenant of the Guyana De­fence Force, Dwand Cam­bridge, for­mer As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Guyana Po­lice Force, Colonel Lloyd Sou­venir, Cap­tain Shel­don How­ell, Ma­jor Fitzroy Ward, Pri­vate Tay­lor, Pri­vate Quailo and Philbert Bobb or any­one know­ing their where­abouts to make ur­gent con­tact.

The pub­li­cis­ing of the list of names has drawn some neg­a­tive re­ac­tion, with crit­ics ar­gu­ing that other means could have been used to make con­tact with the per­sons as a pub­lic ad­ver­tise­ment im­plies that they are some­how in­volved in the killings.

How­ever, when con­tacted Henry ex­plained to Sun­day Stabroek that the ads had noth­ing to do with any­one be­ing wanted for tes­ti­mony. “Once the com­mis­sion is in re­ceipt of in­for­ma­tion that per­sons may have had some in­for­ma­tion or knowl­edge that is rel­e­vant, we would basically con­duct in­ter­views with those per­sons,” he said.

The at­tor­ney noted too that these per­sons may ei­ther have in­for­ma­tion or might be some­how con­nected to “some ac­tiv­ity at Lindo Creek.”

The CoI is in­quir­ing into the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the killings of Ce­cil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Ho­race Drakes, Bonny Harry, Lancelot Lee, Comp­ton Speirs, Nigel Tor­res and Clifton Berry Wong on or about 21st day of June, 2008. The find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions are to be re­ported to Pres­i­dent David Granger on com­ple­tion of the in­quiry, which is be­ing con­ducted by for­mer judge Des­mond Trot­man.

Burnt hu­man bones and skulls had been dis­cov­ered on June 21st, 2008 by Leonard Arokium, owner of the Lindo Creek min­ing camp. DNA tests done in Ja­maica sev­eral years later con­firmed that the re­mains had be­longed to the min­ers, in­clu­sive of Arokium’s son and his brother. The men were min­ing for di­a­monds at the lo­ca­tion when they met their grue­some deaths. Af­ter the min­ers were slaugh­tered, their bod­ies and be­long­ings were burnt. Although a large find had been re­ported at the camp, there was no trace of any di­a­monds when the re­mains were found.

The Lindo Creek CoI is the first of what the APNU+AFC gov­ern­ment has said would be a se­ries of in­quiries into the hun­dreds of killings which oc­curred dur­ing a crime wave that be­gan in 2002.

Rel­a­tives of the dead min­ers, re­tired Po­lice Com­mis­sion See­lall Per­saud and As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice Clifton Hicken are among those who have so far given tes­ti­mony.

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