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Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry – News Reports

Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry  –

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Robert Corbin supplied guns to the House of Israel – former member

JUNE 3, 2014 | KNEWS –  By Latoya Giles
In 1978, it was Robert Corbin (Former Opposition Leader for the People’s National Congress) who allegedly supplied six 9mm pistols to the House of Israel religious body to protect themselves against the Working People’s Alliance.
This is the claim of former member of the House of Israel and the Peoples’ National Congress Joe Hamilton. Hamilton who is now a Member of Parliament for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) took to the witness box yesterday as the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry continued. [Read more]

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Kwayana says evidence suggests that Gregory Smith was responsible

MAY 30, 2014 | BY KNEWS | By Latoya Giles 

– admits act could have been committed by either of mass-based parties

Veteran Political Activist and Member of the Working People’s Alliance Eusi Kwayana said yesterday that all evidence surrounding the death of Dr. Walter Rodney suggests that Guyana Defence Force Marine Sergeant Gregory Smith was responsible.
According to Kwayana, the way the State acted after Rodney’s death and the “protection” which was given to Smith also showed that they had some involvement.
Kwayana continued giving evidence for the second day as the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry progressed.   Continue reading

Walter Rodney Inquiry – concerns raised by GHRA and PNC

Rodney Commission is “worst form of electioneering,” can whip up racial tension- GHRA

Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:52

The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) on Thursday dissociated itself from the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (COI) , saying it was possibly designed to whip up East Indian bitterness against the Peoples National Congress (PNC) and appeared to be the “worst form” of electioneering by the incumbent administration.

That rights organisation took issue with one of the Terms of Reference that requires the three-member commission to investigate the extent to which the many quasi-political military organizations existing in Guyana at the time of Rodney’s death, were tasked with surveillance against the ‘political opposition’, rather than against his Working Peoples Alliance (WPA)Continue reading

That Rodney Inquiry – commentary

That Rodney Inquiry

SEPTEMBER 20, 2013 | BY  | FILED UNDER EDITORIAL

Mr. Eusi Kwayana informed this newspaper  (see letter below), and the Guyanese people, via its letter pages that he was contacted on whether he would be willing to offer testimony on an Inquiry into the killing of Dr Walter Rodney on June 13, 1980. He replied in the affirmative. We are pleased, and all Guyanese should also be, that the Government evidently is going ahead with its commitment made at the last anniversary of the historian’s killing, to institute an International Commission of Inquiry (COI) on the issue.

The Guyanese nation needs closure on the killing of this son of Guyana, who is perhaps the only one to have achieved such worldwide recognition. His family has been agitating for such closure for years. After Rodney’s death which was caused by the explosion of what he was told was a “walkie talkie”, the PNC invited two UK experts, Dr Skuse and Dr Johnson to investigate the tragic incident that occurred outside the Georgetown Prison. However, they were not required to pronounce on culpability, and in any event, the full report was never released. Skuse was later disgraced in the UK for several flawed “findings”.  Continue reading

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