The main Parliamentary Opposition, the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) wants international experts to independently probe allegations made by a Police Detective, Dion Bascom, that the Guyana Police Force was involved in covering up the murder of Ricardo Fagundes, called “Paper Shorts”.
Fagundes, a known associate of convicted drug trafficker, Roger Khan, was gunned down outside Palm Court in March 2021.
Bascom, a Senior Detective, according to reports, was earlier this year removed from the case and transferred to another location.
The Detective along with several others was arrested following a $1.5M cocaine bust at Norton Street, Georgetown, a little over a week ago.
Bascom, in a video he posted on Facebook – which he subsequently deleted – claimed that his arrest is all a “set up”.
During a press conference this morning, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) said that Bascom’s allegations “are, on the face of it, serious enough to warrant an immediate and full-blown investigation”.
“We, the Opposition, support the position that such an investigation should (i) be conducted by independent international experts, (ii) be launched promptly, without the usual game-playing by the government or the police high command, and (iii) extend to Detective Bascom the protections and other measures common to whistle-blowing arrangements. We doubt the Guyana government will act on the side of the rule of law,” the PNCR said.