A letter dated May 17, 2017 was sent to the Commission of Information by Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill, requesting the names of the two hundred persons who were blacklisted from leaving Guyana by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).
Edghill in the letter, stated that he had written to the Chief Immigration Officer along with the Commissioner of Police requesting same, and to date has not received any of the information requested nor an acknowledgement letter.
The Opposition PPP Parliamentarian said the request was made under the Access to Information Act 2011. According to Edghill, “As a citizen of Guyana I have acted to ensure the fundamental rights of Guyanese are not violated.”
But a source from the SOCU told the Guyana Daily News that during investigations into suspected cases of money laundering or misuse of state funds, individuals will be blacklisted until the investigation concludes.
“Blacklisting an individual is complex, it therefore means that a solid case must be made out against the individual before it can be done, this was done as a means of ensuring the individual does not leave the jurisdiction during the course of the investigation,” the source stated.