Saturday, September 4, 2004
The commission set up in Guyana to look into allegations of a death squad operating in the country has extended the deadline for evidence because no statements have been received as yet.
Four weeks ago the commission - which was set up mainly to investigate claims that the countrys Minister of Home Affairs Ronald Gajraj had links to death squads - invited potential witnesses to send statements by August 31.
Last week the commission announced that it would extend the deadline until September 27 and would summon witnesses if no evidence was forthcoming.
News that nobody has come forward is not surprising to many, particularly since the June 24 murder of George Bacchus, the man who placed Gajraj at the centre of the death squad operations. Bacchus was gunned down in his bed even before he could testify against Gajraj and others.