[Video] Gouveia believes he flew Gregory Smith day after Rodney died

Former Guyana Defence Force (GDF)  pilot Gerry Gouveia this morning said that after seeing a photograph of Gregory Smith in the newspapers he suspected that he was the man he had transported to Kwakwani a day after Dr. Walter Rodney was killed in a bomb blast, but according to him he never probed the issue.

Gouveia told the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry that he recalled that when he turned up for duties as a GDF pilot at Timehri on June 14, 1980, he was given instructions to transport some persons to Kwakwani. He later found a man, woman and some children waiting in the aircraft hangar.

He said that he left Timehri at 9:08 am and arrived at his destination at 9:57 am. He said he spent about three minutes on the ground before disembarking. He maintained that he did not know the identities of his passengers nor did he see who collected them. He said too that he cannot recall the identities of the operation staff members who had instructed him to transport the passengers.

Video – Part 1

He said that during the flight he had no conversations with his passengers and insisted that if he saw his passengers today, he would not be able to recognize them.

Gouveia told the commission that after seeing the photograph that resembled the male he transported, he did not seek to question or investigate on his own, if that man was indeed Smith, as he was a junior officer who was just following instructions. He said that he did not check the passengers’ manifest to see if that name was on it.

Video – Part 2

Gouveia’s testimony lends further credence to longstanding views that the GDF was complicit in removing Smith from Guyana after his involvement in Rodney’s death. It has been contended that such involvement by the GDF would have had to have been at the behest and full involvement of then senior PNC government officials.

Video – Part 3

Video – Part 4

 

 

More in Local News

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Bibi O’Donovan

    UK-based woman dead, daughter in hospital

  2. Kelly Datt

    Bandits shoot dead one of their own during Edinburgh robbery

  3. Sueanna Walcott

    Mahaicony crash claims second victim

  4. Area where Akeem Grimmond’s body was found

    Boy, 14, found murdered in burial ground

  5. Nazim Jabhar and Angela Jabhar

    Woman critical, niece, 3, injured in Albion hit and run

  6. 20160818cape1

    Passion, dedication and sacrifice yield success for top CAPE students

  7. Malika Hamilton

    Prime suspect in murder of Ann’s Grove girl found hiding in barrel

  8. Jermain Holder

    11-year-old electrocuted


Recommended For You