Gov’t using SOCU to drive fear into the opposition


Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall says that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is being used as a political tool by the government to drive fear into supporters and members of the Opposition.

He made the comments in relation to the recent charge brought against Deeds Registrar (ag), Azeena Baksh, who was charged with obtaining money by false pretense and was released on $250,000 bail.

“It’s a political vendetta, it is an act to criminalize, embarrass and defame the character of professional citizens because they are deemed to be associated with the People’s Progressive Party (PPP). They were hauled before the courts on senseless accusations that are without merit that would never yield a conviction, more so they were charged before the investigations into their allegations were completed,” Nandlall said.

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader and former President, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said that, “The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has continuously demonstrated double standards in its dealing with PPP officials as against dealing with members of the ruling administration Coalition Government.”

According to Jagdeo, the police force has one standard way of going after PPP/C members and another standard in going after the APNU+AFC members.

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