PRESS STATEMENT By the People’s National Congress Reform To the Press Conference on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 In the Hall of Heroes, Congress Place, Sophia.



WIRE TAPPING OF THE TELEPHONES OF THE HEAD OF GUYANA’S SECURITY BY CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HAS FAR REACHING IMPLICATIONS FOR ALL GUYANESE

The publication of an alleged taped telephone conversation of the Commissioner of Police by the National Television Network (NTN), a station closely aligned to the PPP/C Administration without regard to either its legality or the security implications is a matter of grave concern to the PNCR and ought to be for the people of Guyana. Whether the alleged recording is a fabrication or the actual bugging of a private telephone conversation of the person charged with the constitutional responsibility for internal security, the activity is clearly unlawful and dangerous. However, the active involvement of Ministers of Government on the instructions of the Office of the President in the distribution and propagation of this illegally obtained recording indicates that this activity is part of a nefarious plot between the PPP and criminal interests to undermine the Guyana Police Force and its Commissioner at a time when they have finally begun to take positive action against organised crime in Guyana.

In recent days the Guyana Police Force, in collaboration with the Guyana Defence Force, was involved in a number of security exercises aimed at organised criminal enterprises. These exercises, which were apparently triggered by the disappearance of a number of high powered weapons from Camp Ayangana, included road blocks, vehicle searches and raids on private homes and businesses.

On Sunday, March 19, 2006 the security forces conducted searches of properties connected to a businessman who was recently named in the US State Department Drug Report as a well-known drug trafficker. On Monday March 20, 2006 searches were conducted at popular entertainment centers known to be the regular haunts of notorious members of phantom killing squads as well as certain senior officials of the PPP/C Government.

The PNCR understands that a number of drug barons, who hitherto operated in flagrant defiance of the security forces, are now on the run. The Police have finally shown the resolve to uproot the criminal menace that pervades our society by taking the fight to organized crime. This is a welcome development, but it will be overly optimistic to expect that the narco-enterprise would be easily crushed. The resources and political connections of the narco bosses are quite formidable.

The PNCR understands that the narco-enterprise, using equipment including those seized at Good Hope but returned on the instruction of the PPP/C Government, has been illegally taping the telephone conversations of the Commissioner of Police as well as other prominent citizens. This ill-gotten material is now being released, not for any noble purpose but, with the sole aim of destroying the credibility of the Commissioner of Police. This, it is hoped, will distract the Guyana Police Force from its efforts to dismantle organize crime in our country.

The eagerness with which the station sought to publicize the alleged taped conversation without any concern for the serious implications of criminal enterprises tapping the telephone conversation of the Commissioner of Police is alarming, and points to the clear link between its owners and organised crime and exposes their clumsy attempts to undermine the high professional reputation and credibility of the Commissioner of Police. We hope that whoever is responsible for the production of the illegal wire tap of the Commissioner’s alleged telephone conversation is identified and brought before the courts.

The fact that the drug lords and their sponsors have the ability to tap phones has serious implications for all Guyanese. Anyone's phone conversation could be recorded, including leaders of the opposition parties, army commanders, visiting dignitaries, businessmen, diplomats, trade unionists, etc. This incident goes beyond the fight against the drug lords.
Its implications are extremely dangerous and far-reaching.

The PNCR calls on the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force to remain focused on the task of destroying the criminal menace and not to be distracted by the machinations of the crime bosses and their political sponsors. The PNCR also calls on the Guyanese people not to allow themselves to be distracted. Organised crime, in the form of the narco-enterprise and money laundering, has spawned a wave of violent crimes across the country. Hundreds of people have been killed, thousands terrorized and traumatized and the entire society live in fear. The goal must be to destroy organized crime.

The time has come for us to retake our country from drug bosses and their political friends.


People’s National Congress Reform
Congress Place, Sophia
Georgetown, Guyana
Tuesday, March 21, 2006