Policeman caught on camera beating miners at Marudi is expected to be charged this week – 2nd Apr 2013
Police Corporal, Nafasiki Morris at the center of that Marudi beating incident, is scheduled to appear in court later this week. Morris was interdicted from duty and is expected to face assault charges. This was confirmed by the Commissioner of Police, Leroy Brummell, who told this Newscast that the charges were brought against the Police on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution. Brummell also confirmed to this Newscast, that the victims are to be charged as well.
A woman and her two children were beaten during a joint GGMC-Police raid, to clear the area of illegal miners. This was after several miners refused the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission and law enforcement officers access to the roadway leading to mining the sites.
The investigating team from the Guyana Police Force wrapped up their investigations after taking statements from several eyewitnesses to the beating incident.
The Police’s efforts to get statements from the victims were not successful.
The GGMC is also preparing to file charges against several miners who the commission said, were conducting what the GGMC called illegal mining activities in the Marudi Mountain area in region 9.