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Third man charged over $1m Regent St theft

Dante Griffith, the third man to be charged in relation to a break and entry at a Regent Street business last month, which resulted in a loss of more than $1 million to the business, was yesterday granted bail by a city court.

Miner shot by Venezuelan over gold debt

—suspect still at large

A 31-year-old East Coast Demerara miner was shot on Monday afternoon after he failed to return a quantity of raw gold, which he allegedly owed a Venezuelan national.

SOCU will not be disbanded – President

Saying that he has taken note of the reports of the “damning” findings of the police audit of the financial records of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), President David Granger today rebuffed calls for the unit to be dismantled and assured that government will work to ensure public confidence in it is restored.

Bids in for GRA warehouse estimated at $379.1m

-three design contracts at CJIA attract interest

Tenders were yesterday opened at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board for the construction of a warehouse for the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) where the engineer’s estimate is $379.1m.

No bail for accused in Mahdia wounding

A man was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with wounding. Eric Roberts was read a charge which stated that on March 10th, at 111 Miles, Mahdia, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Russell Adams with intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or cause actual bodily harm.

US extends support to criminal justice system

The U.S. Embassy today announced that through the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, it recently agreed to extend its financial support for the project to “Strengthen the Criminal Justice System in Guyana” until March 2021.

Alberttown businessman says SOCU owes almost $2M for car rentals

-denies refusing to cooperate with police auditors

Even as he denied refusing to cooperate with Guyana Police Force auditors looking into the financial records of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), an Alberttown businessman yesterday said that the unit’s head, Assistant Commissioner Sydney James, still owes him for the rental of two of his vehicles.

Sound legal system needed for oil and gas sector

-former CFATF director

There is a need for legislation for dispute resolution, a reliable and predictable legal system and a judiciary that is capable of interpreting complex agreements to manage the oil and gas sector, former Executive Director of the Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) Calvin Wilson said on Saturday.

Miners association rejects transparency initiative report

The Guyana Gold and Dia-mond Miners Association (GGDMA) on Saturday rejected the recently-published Guyana-Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (GY-EITI) report, calling it “largely inaccurate and uninformed” about the small and medium scale gold and diamond mining industry.

SC conferral on Timothy Jonas raised with president, Ramjattan says

-expects appointment ‘in good time’

Alliance for Change (AFC) Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan has said he raised the alleged withdrawal of the conferral of Senior Counsel (SC) status on attorney Timothy Jonas at the government level and he has voiced his confidence that the attorney will be bestowed with the honour.

Nappi gets new well

Over 700 residents of Nappi Village, Region 9 will benefit from a new well which was drilled to provide the community with easier access to water.

Aurora Gold Mine hosts health fair

In observance of Occupational Health and Safety Month, the Aurora Gold Mine Inc (AGM) two weekends ago hosted its annual Health Fair, along with a number of other activities, to the benefit of their employees and others who were onsite.