Police secure extension to hold RK guards

first_imgCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Friday confirmed the Police Force can lawfully detain RK’s security guards, Damion Pearce and Cleveland Pyle in connection with the robbery committed at an East Coast Demerara bank on Monday evening.According to the Crime Chief the Police are expected to wrap up their investigations over the weekend and once legal advice is had, the men will make a court appearance in the new week.He also stated that based on information, they are hunting two others who were also part of the staged robbery.The two men reportedly confessed to the robbery during interrogation by police while at the same time implicating two others.On Monday last, Pearce and Pyle who are attached to the RK Security Service were taking cash to the ECD bank to be deposited when they claimed they were relieved of the money and the firearms they were carrying.During the well-orchestrated robbery, one of the men shot himself to the leg to make it look as if they were attacked by armed gunmen.Following their confession, the duo led police to an A Field Sophia, Georgetown, house where they dug up the $3 million from the back yard. The guns which they claimed were taken by the bandits were also unearthed at the same location. The occupant of the house at the time who is the girlfriend of Pearce was taken into police custody.Attempts to contact the owner of RK Security for a comment proved futile. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Jordan, Edghill clash over $200M ‘malicious prosecution’ lawsuit

first_imgFinance Minister Winston Jordan and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill have clashed over the $200 million lawsuit that Jordan has filed for the “Malicious Prosecution of the Offence of Misconduct in Public Office,” and for other damages.Edghill, in responding to a request for comment in regard to the recent lawsuit filed against him by Winston Jordan, has maintained that the $200 million lawsuit does not have any bearing, and he will not be intimidated, nor is he fearful of the action.“It is clear that the Government is running out of headlines and they badly needed a distraction over the weekend; so Edghill became the target,” he told media operatives at the sidelines of Monday’s sitting at the National Assembly. Edghill also said he is yet to be served with the lawsuit.The Opposition MP has argued that he cannot be sued for malicious persecution on the basis of filing a private criminal charge against Jordan.Minister Jordan has responded to Edghill’s comments by stating that the courts would decide whether or not the case is just about grabbing newspaper headlines.“I don’t make joke with my integrity at all! So he (Edghill) could spin how much he wants now, he will have to spin in court eventually,” Jordan added.Responding to Edghill’s statements that there is no basis for the lawsuit, Minister Jordan said a determination will be made by the court in that respect. He said, “It’s for the court to decide…This is not a matter for the court of public opinion, but (for) a judicial court.”On April 23, Edghill initiated private criminal charges against Minister Jordan and Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson jointly, as well as against Public Service Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, alleging a breach of the Procurement Act in relation to the expenditure of $906 million in public funds to a private company, Homestretch Development Inc, for construction of the controversial D’Urban Park Project, which has been a contentious issue for some time now.Jordan and Patterson were jointly charged with misconduct and abuse of public trust for having allegedly authorised the payment; while Dr Roopnaraine, who was a director of the company, was charged with alleged misconduct and the abuse of public trust for having received, in his capacity as director, the $906 million in public funds while serving as minister.However, those charges were subsequently discontinued by the DDP, Shalimar Ali-Hack, who said that in the interest of good governance, such allegations against serving ministers ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.Despite the charges being dismissed, Jordan, in his application to the court, said the private criminal charge filed by the Opposition Parliamentarian was intended to embarrass, humiliate, and cause him to suffer public odium and contempt.The Finance Minister explained in his application that the $906 million was approved by the National Assembly, and thereafter made available to the Public Infrastructure Ministry from the Consolidated Fund.He noted that, as a Member of Parliament, Edghill could not honestly believe that he acted without reasonable excuse or justification in respect of issuing a warrant to effect disbursements and allocation of the money to the Public Infrastructure Ministry.“…the respondent was therefore aware, or ought to have been reasonably aware, that the sum of $906,000,000… was approved by the National Assembly“And as Minister of Finance, I was obligated by law to issue the necessary warrant to ensure that the said approved sum of money was available to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure; and, as such, there could be no honest belief that I willfully misconducted myself, as alleged by the respondent,” Jordan argued.Jordan pointed out that as Finance Minister he did not, and could not, have paid or authorise the payment of the $906 million to Homestretch Development Inc., as alleged by Opposition Parliamentarian.“…notwithstanding that the Respondent was… a former Minister of Finance within the Ministry of Finance…even an ordinary prudent and cautious citizen placed as a Complainant in the said Criminal Proceedings of Misconduct in Public Office against me could not have reasonably concluded that I was guilty of the offence, or even draw an inference that I was guilty of the offence of Misconduct in Public Office as alleged…,” Jordan stated.Those private charges that Edghill had initiated were the second set of charges filed by the Opposition, they were thrown out by the DPP, citing the same reasons.Two days before dismissing the charges against Ministers Jordan and Patterson, the DPP had also discontinued charges against Government Ministers Volda Lawrence and George Norton.Those charges were previously filed over the sole-sourcing of over $600 million in drugs and other pharmaceuticals for the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and the rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown to be utilised as a drug bond at a cost of $12M monthly respectively.last_img read more

CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT CASE ADJOURNED AS FRAUDSTER SAYS ‘I’M BROKE’!

first_imgA judge in the North has warned that fraudster Francois de Dietrich must be ready to go to jail if he is found – but his case has been put back because the conman claims he can’t afford a legal defence.The conman faces an 18-month sentence for failing to disclose assets but his appeal was put back yesterday when the court was told the crook doesn’t have any money – despite stealing millions!Donegaldaily unmasked the fraudster six months ago, exposing how he bagged €20M from people in Donegal. Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more cash from victomsThe regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than £20m in assets linked to the businessman.De Dietrich was then held to be in contempt of an order to disclose his financial affairs in full to the FSA.Yesterday the North’s most senior judge Sir Declan Morgan was told that a solicitor for the businessman has been able to receive ‘indirect’ instructions from him. Sir Declan described the information given to him as “very opaque”.However, he agreed to take the case out and have it mentioned again in September.“It seems to us that the liberty of Mr de Dietrich is, at least in theory, at issue in this case,” he said.“Therefore where an issue of funding for legal representation to enable points to be made on his behalf arises we should afford a reasonable opportunity to enable an application for such funding to be obtained.”The judge added: “It remains the position that Mr de Dietrich is subject to the contempt order made by Mr Justice Deeny. “In the event he is discovered it must be expected he will be required to serve the term imposed on him.”CROOK FRANCOIS: COURT CASE ADJOURNED AS FRAUDSTER SAYS ‘I’M BROKE’! was last modified: June 17th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Union Minister to honour sports persons at Calicut Varsity

first_imgKozhikode, Sep 23 (PTI) Union Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, Vijay Goel will attend a function at the Calicut University near here tomorrow to honour the outstanding sports persons of the state, a University official said today.The minister will interact with the athletes and inspect the sports facilities at the University during his visit, Sakeer Hussain, Director of Physical Education, said.Former national athletic champion P T Usha will deliver a special address at the function which will be presided over by the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr K Mohammed Basheer.Sports Authority of India(SAI), Regional Director, Dr G Kishore will also be present on the occasion.”We will bring to the notice of the Central Minister, for the speedy release of funds required for a Rs 13 crore project, which includes a synthetic hockey turf, swimming and diving pool and synthetic tracks at the University sports complex,” Mr Sakeer Hussain said.Besides, the students of the University, and those from about 450 affiliated colleges are utilising the facilities, he added.The Minister will be here to attend the three-day BJP National Executive Council meeting beginning today. PTI KV ROHlast_img read more

‘Croatia are a great test for Brazil’

first_imgBrazil v Croatia ‘Croatia are a great test for Brazil’ – Selecao prepare for friendly clash at Anfield Raisa Simplicio 00:09 5/30/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Luka Modric, Croatia Getty Brazil v Croatia Brazil v Switzerland Brazil v Costa Rica Serbia v Brazil Croatia Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Serbia World Cup Friendlies With stars like Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, the Balkans outfit are sure to pose a few problems for Tite’s men when they meet on Sunday Brazil’s World Cup preparations continue this week as the Selecao prepare for a Brasil Global Tour friendly against Croatia on Sunday, the first of two matches scheduled prior to the main event in Russia.The clash against Croatia will serve as a warm-up for Brazil, who take on the Balkan nation’s neighbours Serbia during Group E of the finals. Boasting a midfield packed with talent, Croatia are a great test for the Selecao who will be taking on a side that are talented and will seek to take the initiative in attack throughout the game. Globo’s  Bruno Marinho believes that Croatia have the potential to cause problems for coach Tite and his charges. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Neymar Tite treino Seleção Brasileira 24 05 2018(Foto: Pedro Martins / MoWa Press / Divulgação)”Croatia is the perfect test for the national team, I think the Selecao are going to work on several key aspects of their play against a tough opponent, one which will pose Brazil several challenges in defence and attack. They may be a tougher prospect than any of the teams Brazil face in the World Cup group stage, players like [Luka] Modric may be somewhat tired but nevertheless they are a strong team.”It will be a decent indicator to see where the Selecao is at right now and how Neymar fits in as he returns to his best.”Gustavo Hofman of ESPN also believes that the clash will be a useful test for Brazil, while pointing out that Croatia have more to offer technically than Serbia.”They are a very technical side, they have a great midfield, Tite is a big fan of Modric for example, a confessed admirer of Real Madrid’s midfielder. The CBF’s hope in arranging a friendly against Croatia is to mirror the Serbia game, except that Croatia are more technical and Serbia are physically stronger. “I like the Croatia team a lot, they will make Brazil work hard. The Selecao is better than Croatia, but they are a time that will come out and attack more than Serbia, who are more defence-minded.”GFX Croatia Rakitic Mandzukic ModricWhile Modric is clearly the standard-bearer of the Balkans side, coach Zlatko Dalic can also call on talents like Ivan Rakitic, Mateo Kovacic, Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Perisic to name just a few. Brazil take on Croatia on Sunday at 11am Brasilia time (3pm BST), in Liverpool’s Anfield home. The game is part of the Selecao’s World Cup preparations, leading up to their tournament debut on June 17.last_img read more