Police deny Argentina expert claims that he was not offered information, nor met with Chief Crime – Demerara Waves Online News- Guyana

Last updated Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 20:56 by Denis Chabrol

From left to right: Dr Luis Fondebrider, Argentina’s Ambassador to Guyana, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn and Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie.

Guyana Police on Tuesday rejected allegations that appear to have been made by Argentine Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Luis Fondebrider who was never offered forensic reports and videos of the autopsies conducted on the bodies of Henry and Haresh Singh’s cousins ​​killed in early September.

However, neither the police nor the Ministry of Home Affairs responded to the fact that Dr. Fondebrider said that he had asked the reports to include detailed information in order to “analyze the forensic work undertaken in the case.” Neither the Home Ministry nor the Police have responded to his claims that no-one has responded to his requests.

Responding to an apparently overwritten letter from Dr. Fondebrider in the January 12th, 2021 issue of private newspaper Stabroek News never offered to watch videos of the autopsies, police insisted he was told he would receive the reports and recordings.

Guyana Police spokesman, Assistant Commissioner Royston Andries-Junor, objected, saying that the Argentine expert has not yet responded to the proposal.

“At this meeting in the presence of all attendees the proposal was made for Guyana Police to share a copy of the video of the post mortem examinations carried out on Henry’s boys and to date Guyana Police Administration Police have no formal response by Dr. Luis Fondebrider as he was involved in that proposal, ”police said in his statement.

Further, the police rubbished the expert’s assertion that he only met the Minister for Home Affairs, Robeson Benn but did not have the opportunity to meet with the Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh and Head of Criminal Investigation Department, Superintendent Wendell Blanhum.

“There is photographic evidence to contradict the allegation that Dr. Luis Fondebrider and Head of Crime. What’s more bizarre about this false allegation is the fact that the Head of Crime himself presented Dr. Luis Fondebrider in the presence of all attendees at this meeting on the status of the investigation and the work carried out by Guyana Police so far in the matter, ”said the police.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday noted for the first time publicly that Guyana Police would provide copies of its forensic reports and videos of the autopsies conducted on the bodies of cousins ​​Henry and Haresh Singh who were cruelly killed at the beginning of a month September. , 2020.

This explanation came weeks after Dr. Luis Fondebrider publicly stated on December 15 that he had sent a list of 20 items he needed from the police in order for him to send a report on his fact-finding mission concerning the killing of Isaiah and Joel Henry.

Referring to the December 15 meeting by Dr. Fondebrider with Home Affairs Minister Robeson Benn, Police Commissioner Nigel Hoppie and Head of Senior Superintendent of the Department of Criminal Investigations Wendell Blanhum, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Tuesday, ”at this meeting, Dr. Luis Fondebrider was told that he would receive the video of the autopsies conducted in relation to the Berbice incidents, and the forensic reports of those autopsies. ”Also present at that meeting was Argentina’s Ambassador to Guyana, His Excellency Felipe Alejandro Gardella.

The Ministry of Home Affairs noted a hat that Dr Fondebrider had been offered to meet with Government Pathologist Dr Singh, who was at the time on his way to duty in Lethem, but left the Argentine expert the next day. The Ministry of Home Affairs said that Dr. Fondebrider also, should the need arise for assistance from his agency beyond the usual hired destinations, he will be contacted.

Henrys’ bodies were found on a coconut estate tackling West Coast Berbice’s Cotton Tree Village on September 6, 2020 a day after they went to pick coconuts for sale. Days later during a disturbance to protest their killing, Haresh Singh had been killed and his motorcycle burned as he had been going to his farm in Village Number Three, West Coast Berbice.

The clarification was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs a day after surviving family members protested outside Police Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters, calling on Mr Blanhum to end the information blackout on the status of investigations and work harder to arrest the killers and bring them to justice.

A group of civil society activists and individuals had also publicly called on the Guyana government to undertake Dr. services. Fondebrider.