Opposition Member of Parliament and former Director of Sport, Christopher Jones was today released on $100,000 station bail pending investigations into allegations of theft of State assets levelled against him by the police. Jones was arrested early this morning and taken to the Diamond Police Station after police ranks swooped down on his home at Lot 609 Concilliation Street, Tucville, to conduct a search for the State assets.

But Leader of the Opposition, former President David Granger, says that Jones’ rights and freedom were violated.

In a release, Granger condemned the “unwarranted and unlawful deprivation of the rights and freedom” of Jones.

“As leader of the PNCR and representative of the list from which Christopher Jones was recently extracted to be a Member of Parliament, I call for an immediate end to this season of politically inspired harassment by the PPP. The actions of ranks of the Guyana Police Force, who blatantly disregarded an order of the court and unlawfully entered the premises of Mr. Christopher Jones; arrested him and illegally seized personal property, must be stoutly condemned and immediately investigated,” the retired Brigadier said.

He added: “The PNCR will not allow this type of harassment of former public servants or any citizen by agents of the state to stand. The PNCR calls on all Guyanese to join us to strongly condemn this abuse of state power and the persecution of an innocent man. The PNCR calls for an immediate cessation of harassment and politically inspired witch-hunting of current and former public servants.”

He said that the PNCR stands firmly with Christopher Jones and will do everything to ensure that his rights and freedom are no longer violated.

The PNCR demands an immediate investigation into what it sees as a “well-coordinated and orchestrated political attack”.


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