Updated on Monday, August 22, 2022 at 1:46 p.m. by Denis Chabrol
President Irfaan Ali said on Monday he had asked the Caribbean Community’s Regional Security System (RSS) to investigate the assassination of Ricardo “Paper Shorts” Fagundes outside Palm Court in Georgetown, More than a year ago.
Dr Ali briefly made the disclosure, saying he had asked for help from the RSS to investigate and not just a police sergeant Dion Bascom’s allegations that a senior official was paid $30 million GY by the son of a city gold merchant to cover up the kill.
The president told Demerara Waves Online News that the RSS had been tasked “to review and assess all aspects of the investigation thus far.” “He’s not just focusing on the Bascom allegations. It focuses on other aspects,” he said.
The United States (US) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has already been asked to assess evidence related to the burning of a car the attackers allegedly used to flee after riddled Fagundes in March 2021. Burned remains of the car were found on the Linden-Soesdyke highway hours after the murder of Fagundes, a family friend of drug convict Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan. Khan and Fagundes had socialized at Palm Court moments before tragedy struck.
Sergeant Bascom’s allegations against the senior police officer, the gold digger’s son and a guard working with this businessman have been denied by them and the Guyanese police.
However, Sergeant Bascom, through his lawyer, has challenged the trio to bring libel suits against him, insisting his words are factual. Bascom made the damning allegations publicly days after he was arrested earlier this month by officers from the Customs Narcotics Enforcement Unit during a drug seizure at his friend’s home. He has not been charged with any drug-related offence.
Azruddin Mohammed has denied on social media having played a role in Fagundes’ murder.
Crime boss Deputy Police Commissioner Wendell Blanhum has publicly stated that he was unaware that Mr Bascom had made corruption allegations against the senior police officer, although it was contained in a statement given to the police in February 2022.
The opposition A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change have made separate calls for the government to carry out an independent investigation into the police sergeant’s allegations.