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Killer of a cousin of Guyana’s Attorney General is still to be apprehended by the local authorities.

As this newscast has reported over the years Guyana is a safe haven for fugitives. Fugitives from the US and other jurisdictions are discovering that Guyana is the English speaking version of Brazil when it comes to extraditions. These fugitives do not even have to hide in Guyana, the laws and national policy of this country allow fugitives to not only enter the country freely, move around freely, and invest in it without let or hindrance.

It is becoming even more embarrassing now that the alleged killer of a cousin of Guyana’s Attorney General is still to be apprehended by the local authorities. The man is alleged to have killed a woman in Trinidad and fled to Guyana the same night of the murder. It is over a month now that the man entered the country and moved back to his home which is a stone’s throw from a police outpost on the East bank. The Guyanese immigration authorities, that is, an arm of the Police, admitted the man into Guyana before word could reach them that he was the prime suspect in the Trinidad and Tobago murder. Surveillance video has the man checking into the Caribbean Airlines flight and moving through the Trinidad and Tobago airport in the company of his cousin. The Guyanese police have not issued a wanted bulletin for the man.

In a similar but unrelated case another man who is the prime suspect in a New York murder of a Guyanese fled the United States via Canada late last year and entered Guyana one day after the murder in Brooklyn. In this case the NYPD has dispatched details about this suspect to the Guyanese police and again no bulletin was issued and the suspect is still at large.

Interpol has sent notices out for several Guyanese or persons with connections to Guyana who are wanted for crimes ranging from Murder to Narcotics and Child Molestation elsewhere and some of these persons are suspected to be living in Guyana. It is unclear why very little action is taken to apprehend some of the individuals. And when action is taken to apprehend, law enforcement officials are discovering that the extradition process is tedious unlike the 1994 Extradition Act that the then Basdeo Panday Administration Trinidad signed with the US. Interestingly in other instances where Guyana and Trinidad are concerned, Guyana has sent over suspects to Trinidad bypassing the extradition process.

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