No file on Gregory Smith with GDF
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick West today took the stand at the public hearings of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry to say that his checks of personnel files dating back to 1965 did not come up with anyone soldier named Gregory Smith.
Gregory Smith is accused of handing Walter Rodney a bomb which exploded, killing the renowned Guyana and Caribbean historian and political activist.
Lieutenant Colonel West testified only regarding a William Smith with regimen number 4141. This William Smith joined the Army on July 26, 1975 and his last known record in the Force is having received pay in July 1979.
With the Army having no record of when the said 4141 Smith ceased to be part of the Army, Lieutenant Colonel West was left to assume what could have happened to the files that may account for 4141 Smith’s disappearance.
The former Army Chief Major General Norman McLean had testified that the very William Smith was the Gregory Smith accused of assassinating Walter Rodney. The chairman of the Commission, Richard Cheltenham reminded the public hearing of that testimony.
Dr Walter Rodney Rodney was killed when a walkie talkie he was carrying exploded while he was sitting in a car in the vicinity of the Camp Street Prison. The Commission of the Inquiry was set up to establish the circumstances surrounding his death. At the time of his death 34 years ago, Dr Rodney was an outspoken critic of the then Forbes Burnham government.