September 27, 2016

SOCU’s protocols still under Cabinet consideration

Weeks after declaring that some rules have been crafted to govern the operation of the controversial Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Government is still to make the six-page document public.
This is according Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who reported on Wednesday that Cabinet was able to review the document, but is yet to make a final decision.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had made a public promise during the course of the recent budget debate, to make the six-page document public.
“The protocols have been already drafted… It’s about six pages of protocols as to how they are going to do their operations,” he said, adding that it is geared at ensuring SOCU members “come in line” with the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Standing Operating procedures.
Ramjattan said that the former Administration – the People’s Progressive Party – had never put protocols in place to govern the entity’s operations, particularly in relation to financial crimes.
SOCU was established in 2013 as a law enforcement agency to investigate exclusively, allegations relating to money laundering and terrorism.
However, the Unit’s mandate has since been expanded in recent months.
SOCU has been under heavy scrutiny from the political Opposition and rights groups after a botched operation on December 30, 2015, involving a high-speed chase down Carifesta Avenue, Georgetown, left three persons dead – Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Sergeant Robert Pyle, his wife Stacy Pyle and the driver of a canter truck Linden Eastman.
Sergeant Pyle and a team from SOCU were supposed to have been conducting surveillance on a home of former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investment Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington at Cowan Street, Kingston, Georgetown, but became engaged in a high-speed chase down with a vehicle occupied by Opposition Parliamentarian Charles Ramson Jr, his wife Alana Seebarran and her brother.
During the high-speed chase that ensued, Pyle slammed into a truck that was travelling in the opposite direction, resulting in the deaths of Pyle, his wife and the truck driver.

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