Army weapons issued to ‘R. Corbin,’ ministry were never returned

-Walter Rodney inquiry told

A comprehensive audit has revealed that a number of weapons issued by the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) to ‘R. Corbin,’ the Ministry of National Development and other external agencies in the latter part of the 1970s were never returned, according to Lieutenant Colonel Sydney Charles James.

Two of those weapons, James yesterday testified before the inquiry into the death of Walter Rodney, were found in the Mahaicony Creek area in 2008 following a shootout involving criminals.

He presented several documents, including weapons vouchers, which catalogued a long list of weapons, including high powered guns and accessories that were issued to external agencies.

James, who is the head of the army’s G2 branch, returned to the stand yesterday to continue his evidence at the inquiry.

During his testimony, he acknowledged that the first page of a document he had in his possession showed that 23 of 38 weapons were never returned.

A report dated January 11, 2008, which was prepared by James, was tendered as an exhibit. James, reading the contents of the document which he had presented to the then Chief of Staff, said that after weapons were found at Mahaicony Creek, a check by G2 branch of the list of weapons issued to the external agencies revealed that one was issued to ‘Comrade Skeete,’ Ministry of National Development in 1976,  …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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