Last updated Tuesday, 12 January 2021, 17:31 by Denis Chabrol
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 in early September, 2020.
This explanation came weeks after Argentine Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Luis Fondebrider, publicly stated on December 15 that he had sent 20 lost items he needs 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 video of the autopsies conducted in relation to the Berbice incidents, and the forensic reports of those autopsies. ”Also present at that meeting was the Argentine Ambassador to Guyana,
His Excellency Felipe Alejandro Gardella.
The Ministry of Home Affairs noted that hat was offered to Dr. Fondebrider meets Dr. Government Pathologist Nehaul Singh, who was at that 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.