Category Archives: crime and Investigations

New York: State pulls liquor license of Guyana restaurant in Queens for flouting governor’s orders

[New York daily News] – New Oriental Guyana Restaurant on Liberty Ave. in Jamaica, Queens was shut down by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) on charges of violating Governor Andrew Cuomo’s order barring on-premises sales of food and drink.

The New Oriental Guyana Restaurant was shut down by the State Liquor Authority on charges of violating Governor Cuomo’s order barring on-premises sales of food and drink.

Sneaky restaurateurs in Queens lost their liquor license for serving patrons in violation of Gov. Cuomo’s order barring eating and drinking on its premises, officials said Friday March 20, 2020.              Continue reading

New York History – 2009: Robert Simels and the Guyanese Roger Khan saga etc…

MobFellas: Simels, Gleeson, and Shargel

David Shaftel | The Village Voice

Legendary local attorney Robert Simels is only being punished for representing some of New York’s most unredeemable gangsters, say some in local legal circles. Kind of a what-goes-around-comes-around situation.

Simels not only lawyered for mafia turncoat Henry Hill – on whose life GoodFellas was based – but also some of the biggest Latino and black drug kingpins of the ’80s and ’90s. AND NOW, SIMELS HIMSELF IS IN DEEP TROUBLE. He has been indicted for allegedly tampering with witnesses in a case revolving around a comparatively little-known Guyanese drug gangster, Shaheed “Roger” Khan.     Continue reading

Guyana: Former Deeds Registrar fined G$4.5M on fraud charge

Kaieteur News – 12 March 2020.

Former Deeds Registrar, Azeena Baksh, who was charged in 2017 for procuring over G$4M by false pretence, was yesterday found guilty of the offence and spared jailed time, but ordered to reimburse the state G$4,534,480.

Former Deeds and Commercial Registrar, Azeena Baksh, and her attorney, Nigel Hughes.

The 33-year-old Baksh, represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes, yesterday appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Baksh was arraigned before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly who handed down the ruling on the matter.    Continue reading

Guyana: Foreigners arrested, deported for alleged election–related conspiracy – AFC

Khemraj Ramjattan and Cathy Hughes

These allegations were put forward by the Prime Ministerial hopeful and Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and Executive Member of the AFC, Cathy Hughes yesterday at APNU+AFC Campaign Headquarters on Lamaha Street.

Ramjattan said that the allegations were only being publicly released because it was leaked to the media, and according to him, the foreign nationals were sent back to their respective countries on elections day.        Continue reading

Guyana Elections 2020: Witnesses to violent crimes between 2002-2008 were killed – Granger

 in Demerara Waves – March 1, 2020

Presidential candidate for A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), David Granger says witnesses to major crimes have been extra-judicially killed.

Addressing more than 30,000 supporters at D’urban Park, he suggested that that has made it difficult to solve crimes from 2002 to 2008. “We are trying to get to the bottom of the crime but they kill out all the witnesses. That’s what happened,” Granger told the final 2020 election campaign rally at D’urban Park on Saturday night.

Granger had previously promised to hold commissions of inquiry into the extra-judicial killing of more than 400 mainly Afro-Guyanese, in the Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek massacres. Only the Lindo Creek massacre of eight miners inquiry was conducted but the government is yet to abide by the recommendations.        Continue reading

Barbados Tourism Authorities Deeply Concerned At Tragic Shooting Incident

Attorney General, Dale Marshall, commented, “Barbados was always felt to be a safe place for visitors, and this kind of callous conduct, on the part of a few hooligans, can threaten the livelihood of our country.”

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, February 28, 2020 (CMC) – The Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI) says it “deeply regrets” the incident that left a visiting Canadian national paralysed, after being shot.

The BTMI said that the incident, last weekend, “falls short of the founding values of our small community, as we pride ourselves on being a proven-safe destination, with many years of encouraging visitors to enjoy Barbados as their home, away from home.        Continue reading

U.S.IMMIGRATION: Border Patrol to send Tactical Unit officers to ‘sanctuary cities’


WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – The Trump administration is deploying highly trained officers to boost arrests of unauthorized immigrants in a number of cities, including Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, the latest move in a battle against localities that adopt “sanctuary” policies to protect them from deportation.

Members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Border Patrol Tactical Unit will be among the officers deployed to cities to assist Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. They will also be sent to San Francisco, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Newark New Jersey, CBP spokesman Lawrence Payne said in a statement on Friday  February 14, 2020.      Continue reading

S.O.C.U secures conviction… Extradited GRDB accountant gets 3 years for fraud

Peter Ramcharran,

Almost one year after being extradited from Canada to face fraud allegations amounting to G$414M, former accountant of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Peter Ramcharran, was yesterday sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. He was found guilty on one of the charges.

This is one of the first major convictions for the Special Organised Crime Unit (SSOCU), an arm of the Guyana Police Force, which instituted the charges against him.

Ramcharran was found guilty as charged by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for omitting G$145M from the rice entity’s ledger.

The Chief Magistrate in giving a synopsis of her ruling held that SOCU Prosecutor Patrice Henry was able to prove all the elements of the offence beyond a reasonable doubt.              Continue reading

HISTORY: Buried for 50 years: Britain’s shameful role in the Biafran war – By Frederick Forsyth

A million children starved to death. I’m haunted by the images I saw there – and by the complicity of the Wilson government

Starving children in a refugee camp near Aba in 1968.
Photo:  Starving children in a refugee camp near Aba in 1968. Photograph: AFP

It is a good thing to be proud of one’s country, and I am – most of the time. But it would be impossible to scan the centuries of Britain’s history without coming across a few incidents that evoke not pride but shame.

Among those I would list are the creation by British officialdom in South Africa of the concentration camp, to persecute the families of Boers. Add to that the Amritsar massacre of 1919 and the Hola camps set up and run during the struggle against Mau Mau.


Black History Month: SHOULD A HORRIBLE PAST BE EXHUMED? – National Geographic


Monday, February 10, 2020 – By Debra Adams Simmons, HISTORY Executive Editor

In an extraordinary act to unearth the past, city officials in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have ordered a search for mass graves. The excavation will come nearly 99 years after a 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre (above) left more than 300 black people dead in an area known as Black Wall Street.

Black businessman O.W. Gurley purchased 40 acres of land in Oklahoma and in 1906 developed the vibrant district that was considered one of the most affluent black areas in the U.S. On May 31 and June 1, 1921, an angry white mob attacked, murdering blacks, destroying businesses and burning homes to the ground.        “It was a tragic, infamous moment in Oklahoma and the nation’s history, the worst civil disturbance since the Civil War,” wrote then-Oklahoma state Rep. Don Ross in a 1998 report on the massacre.            Continue reading

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