OPPOSITION LEADER TO SUBMIT MOTION FOR INTERNATIONAL INQUIRY AGAIN--PRESS RELEASE Thursday 15 October 2009
The Leader of People’s National Congress Reform and Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Robert H.O. Corbin will today (15 October 2009), submit another Motion to the Parliament calling upon the Jagdeo Administration to support an international inquiry into the Government’s involvement into what has now become known as the, “Roger Khan and ‘phantom squad’ affair”, including the murder and execution of over 400 Guyanese.
The PNCR Leader who stormed out of the Parliament when the Speaker refused to entertain a Motion to adjourn the National Assembly to discuss a similar Motion has taken the advice given by the Speaker in his ruling to submit a substantive Motion. Mr. Corbin is also requesting the “three day” rule be applied to permit the Motion to be dealt with speedily by the National Assembly.
Attached is the letter to the Speaker on this subject.
People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia,
Thursday 15 October 2009
October 15, 2009
The Hon. Ralph Ramkarran
Speaker of the National Assembly
Parliament of Guyana
On the last occasion that I participated in the business of the National Assembly, I moved a motion in accordance with Standing Order 12, to discuss an urgent matter of public importance. That matter concerned the explosive sworn testimony, given on Tuesday July 28, 2009 and Wednesday July 29, 2009, in a New York Court by Selwyn Vaughn, a witness under protection of the US Government, which provides essential information about, the assassination of prominent journalist and activist, Mr. Ronald Waddle; the murder of over two hundred Guyanese youth by a phantom squad, headed by Roger Khan with the support of the Guyana Government; the complicity of the Guyana Government and named Officials, including the incumbent Minister of Health and the President of Guyana.
You ruled that the matter was not urgent and could not be entertained under that item of the Order Paper. Given the gravity of the matter and the overwhelming concern of most Guyanese your ruling not only stunned me, but also caused me to temporarily loose control of my emotions. I had difficulty in appreciating that the highest Court of the Land could treat a matter that affected the basic constitutional rights of our citizens in such a manner. In any event, having regard to the status of the National Assembly, in the context of the very constitution upon which I rely, I should have controlled my reaction in a much more appropriate manner. In those circumstances, I apologize to you and the members of the National Assembly for my reactions on that day. I trust however, that my reactions were fully understood having regard to the overwhelming call by most decent minded Guyanese for an International Inquiry in those matters.
I, as I always do, accept your ruling and now comply with the directions given that the said matter can be raised again in another motion. Consequently, on the eve of the sentencing of self-confessed drug lord, Roger Khan, I am submitting another substantial motion, calling for the said inquiry and trust that your Honour will now be disposed to having the matter dealt with under the “three day” rule to permit the said motion to be considered speedily by the National Assembly.
I look forward to your usual co-operation.
Robert H O Corbin
Leader Peoples National Congress Reform &
Cc: The Clerk of the National Assembly
Mr. Raphael Trotman
Mr. Lance Carberry
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