Trial of $550M cocaine in lumber accused adjourned until next February

The trial of four men, including well-known racer Stephen Vieira, who are accused of trafficking over $550 million in cocaine hidden in lumber, has been adjourned until February next year, when the main witness is expected to testify.

The matter was called on Friday before Magistrate Rochelle Liverpool at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court, where the witness was scheduled to testify.

However, Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) prosecutor Konyo Sandiford pleaded with the court for another date while highlighting that the testimony is about four hours long and the defence attorneys Latchmie Rahamat and Nigel Hughes were not present due to other hearings in the High Court and Court of Appeal, respectively. As a result, the matter was adjourned until February 6…..


Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that the Attorney General’s Chambers’ retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high profile cases is unconstitutional and he is warning that the right to a fair trial will be compromised by a politically-tainted process.

Public debt up by $12.9B

Guyana’s total public debt increased from $317.7 billion to $330.6 billion in 2016 but the total debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 46.4% from 48.6% at the end of 2015 due to a nominal increase in the GDP.

Murdered teacher laid to rest

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say their final goodbyes to murdered school teacher Kescia Branche, who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

31 new/potentially new species discovered in Kaieteur – Upper Potaro

A recent Biodiversity Assessment Team (BAT) survey of the Kaieteur National Park (KNP) and the Upper Potaro area has led to the discovery of up to 31 new or potentially new species to science.

Mon Repos man dies after bee attack

A Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara resident died on Thursday after he was attacked by a swarm of bees while returning home.

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