SOCU Being used as political tool – PPP


The People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) on Friday condemned the move by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) in the arrest and subsequent charges brought against two Members of Parliament and four former Directors of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB).

A release issued by the party states that the coalition government is continuing its political witch hunt of its members.

The six members who were charged according to the release were perceived to be members of the PPP.

The release said SOCU admitted that the investigation were incomplete and as such the statements were not produced. The Opposition is questioning the basis of the charges that were brought against the accused individuals.

According to the release details of the case states between January 1 and December 31, 2012 with intent to defraud they did not include the $77.3 million in the general ledger of the GRDB’s Republic Bank account for Agriculture Life Skills Program.

SOCU’s Prosecutors contends that similar offences occurred for the year 2013, 2014 and 2015 for transactions totaling $9 million.

The Opposition said that there were a total of sixteen persons who acted as directors but only six have been charged. 

In addition the charges brought by the unit are matters of accounting and not issues that the Directors would been directly responsible for.

The release also said that the charges come at a time when its members are engaged in outreach community programs across the coastal regions.

It further stated that SOCU is being used as a tool by the administration as a political witch hunt and that the unit is being diverted from its intended purposes.

The unit was established as part of Guyana’s international obligations to strengthen its International Money Laundering and Counterfeiting Financing of Terrorism (IML/CFT) apparatus.

The release said the Opposition will not be silenced or cease in its efforts to expose the wrong doing of the APNU/AFC collation government.

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