The Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) reiterates its call for an independent Presidential Commission of Inquiry, an investigation by impartial, skilled criminal investigators, possibly from the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in the United States and/or from Scotland Yard in the United Kingdom, as well as by independent, overseas forensic pathologists, to investigate the eight Lindo Valley Arokium Diamond Mining Camp murders, near Christmas Falls, Berbice River, Guyana.
The Guyana Police and Military cannot be involved in this investigative process as there are credible allegations of, and possible witnesses to, Police and/or Military personnel involvement in these murders, who may be attempting a criminal cover up.
The terms of reference of any such inquiry and investigation must be expressly for the purpose of these eight murders at Lindo Valley Arokium Mining Camp only. Moreover, such Commission should be accorded the powers of the Supreme Court, in accordance with extant provisions of the Commissions of Inquiry Act. Simultaneously, there should be an independent, criminal investigation with absolute powers to bring or recommend indictments.
We are opposed to an expanded inquiry to include the Lusignan and Bartica massacres, as is being contemplated by President Bharrat Jagdeo. Those incidents are separate in nature and circumstance; they are already under investigation; the public already knows who the alleged perpetrators are, and several matters arriving from these heinous acts of murder are currently subjudice (before the courts).
If President Bharrat Jagdeo insists on including Lusignan and Bartica in the terms of reference of an inquiry into the Lindo Valley killings, then political leaders in Guyana should insist that he invests such an expanded Commission with powers to inquire comprehensively into the alleged two hundred plus murders by Roger Khan as well as the operation of death squads in Guyana.
We call on civil society and political leaders to demand an exclusive inquiry into the Lando Valley killings only or to decline recognition of and cooperation with any other mechanism which will be a political gimmick and can only result in the diminution of the eight Lindo Valley murders.