Former President Jagdeo, Luncheon, Robert Persaud and others arrested in Pradoville 2 probe

Former President Jagdeo, Luncheon, Robert Persaud and others arrested in Pradoville 2 probe

Bharrat Jagdeo

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 07 2017 – Former president Bharrat Jagdeo was among several high-profile members of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) arrested on Tuesday as police continued their probe into the acquisition of land by several former ministers and members of the last Guyana government, regarding the Pradoville 2 development near Plaisance on the East Coast of Demerara.

Members of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) also arrested Dr. Roger Luncheon, the former head of the Presidential Secretariat and the former natural resources minister Robert Persaud.     

As he was being taken away by officers, Luncheon told reporters that “we are fully supportive and cooperating with the police in their investigations”.

Luncheon was taken away from the Office of the Opposition Leader in the presence of Jagdeo and former president Donald Ramotar, as well as former attorney general Anil Nandlall.

The police said he was being arrested for the alleged misappropriation of state assets and conspiracy.

The move by SOCU comes less than 24 hours after Nandlall had written to the investigating body that the members of the former government would make themselves available for questioning at the Leader of the Opposition’s office instead of at the SOCU headquarters.

Jagdeo, Luncheon and Persaud were later released. They were not required to post bail.

Ramotar’s daughter Lisaveta Ramotar, former Secretary to NICIL, Marcia Nadir-Sharma and former president of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), Ramesh Dookhoo were also being questioned by investigators on Tuesday.

Prior to his arrest, Jagdeo told reporters that “this act will long be remembered as a grave injustice,” and that the arrest of Luncheon had nothing to do with corruption but about attacking those who are resisting the government.

Several former members of the last government, including Jagdeo, have sprawling properties in the area that was developed exclusively for them and media reports here said that other persons who were also offered land in the area and took the offer up, are also to be questioned by SOCU.

A forensic audit into the land deal, found that the recipients underpaid for the sea side lands by more than GUY$250 million.

The audit report also pointed to the subsequent sale of the lots acquired by at least two former ministers for GUY$100 million and GUY$90 million respectively.

The report noted that in 2010, the PPP government, through the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), also spent more than GUY$200 million to develop the area.


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  • guyaneseonline  On March 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

    SOCU questions more former PPP ministers
    Posted by: Denis Chabrol – Demerara Waves – March 8, 2017

    It’s Day Two of questioning of former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) ministers by the Special Organised Crime Unit of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) about how they acquired seaside lands allegedly at below market prices.
    Former Education Minister, Priya Manickchand left SOCU’s headquarters shortly before 10 AM. She did not discuss details of her more than one-hour long questioning, saying she has to represent a client in court and will return later.

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  • Jasoda Beharry  On March 8, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Stay as strong, fearless, truthful and charitable as you are, effulgent with your fine intellect. They are jealous your god-given talents. Poor, small minds.


  • Gigi  On March 11, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Only in Guyana a foreigner – and a white Englishman man to boot – is placed in charge of this SOCU/SARU outfit operating within the office of the president and trots around arresting high ranking members of Guyanese opposition.

    So what gives, the British flexing their muscle at the Americans to show them that they are not the only ones controlling things in Guyana. Those uncle toms in the current administration have got to be worried sick wondering about when it’s their turn. Since the whole lot of them are disposable (that’s the problem with overpopulation), the white man is enjoying his usual game with the lot…lynching remains a spectacle sport for them, and has been made to evolve into more acceptable methods. What’s this Sittlington’s doctorate in anyway…foreign policy blunders?

    • Micky  On March 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Guyanese people are generally gormless and thick and that is why they need to be told what to do.

      The only good thing about guyanese is wanting to know people business. Who your faader? How much money they can scam from obtaining benefits when they are not entitled to it and building houses I guyana from money they have fleeced from the government. Oh yes and jumping up the chutney music . Thickos

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