Wikileaks cable… Teixeira accused Gajraj of visa racketeering

Wikileaks cable… Teixeira accused Gajraj of visa racketeering

Ms. Gail Teixeira

Ms. Gail Teixeira

TOP executive of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and former Home Affairs Minister Gail Teixeira had told the United States back in 2005 that her predecessor Ronald Gajraj was corrupt and was involved in visa racketeering with another senior official, whom she was forced to sideline. After being forced to resign under international pressure  for his alleged involvement in a “death squad” here, Gajraj was posted to head Guyana’s mission in New Delhi. This revelation was made in a cable dated December 28, 2005 and written by then Charge d’Affaires at the US mission here, Michael Thomas.  

The cable is one of several that whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, has released. Headlined, “Teixeira struggling to control Home Affairs Ministry,” the cable detailed a conversation between Teixeira and senior officials of the U.S. Embassy here on December 23, 2005, during which she requested a consular briefing on trends in fake Guyanese civil documents detected by the Consular Section.

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Wikileaks comment triggers Gajraj lawsuit against Teixeira

Former Home Affairs Minister, Ronald Gajraj.

Ronald Gajraj.

 Guyana’s former High Commissioner to India, Ronald Gajraj has reportedly filed a lawsuit against  former Home Affairs Minister, Gail Teixeira following some startling revelations in a Wikileaks release.

A report in the Guyana Chronicle has cited Teixiera as implicating a named person in a passport and birth certificate racketeering at the General Registrar Office.

According to the report, Teixeira approached the US with information that the named person was allegedly corrupt.
The meeting with the US officials took place just months after Teixeira replaced Gajraj as Home Affairs Minister in 2005.
However, Teixeira at a press conference on Wednesday slammed the accuracy of the cable stating that she was not adequately represented.  

“The American Embassy was asked by me to please provide evidence of these fake documents. Now the GRO ones were particularly disturbing because they were actually authentic birth certificates with the watermark of the GRO, with the signatures of people who worked at the GRO but the information on it was false. Those persons didn’t exist and from that false document, it then created another false document, fake passports.”

However she stated that in actuality, the passports were genuine but the persons on it were not real and it was that evidence she requested.
“Americans brought me also fictitious marriage certificates…as a result of this, action was taken to have investigations and there were several police investigations under Mr. Felix as Commissioner of Police,” she stated.

Felix presently serves as the Minister of Citizenship under the APNU+AFC administration where he now hold responsibility for the GRO.

With the unfolding of the events over the last two days, Gajraj through his lawyers filed the lawsuit in Guyana’s High Court.
The former Minister is seeking a total of $40M in damages from Teixeira and the Guyana Chronicle.

Gajraj had been posted to India after a Commisison of Inquiry had cleared him of accusations that he had had links to an alleged state-sponsored death squad.
He says that his character was damaged as a result of “callous slanders.”

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