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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 12, 2005


The U.S. is Concerned by the Government of Guyana's Decision to Reinstate Former Home Minister Ronald Gajraj

The United States is deeply concerned by the decision of the Government of Guyana to reinstate former Home Minister Ronald Gajraj. A Guyanese commission of inquiry looking into his links to the so called "Phantom Death Squad" has found serious procedural irregularities in his official conduct related to his involvement with individuals who allegedly carried out extra-judicial killings. We believe significant questions remain unanswered regarding his involvement in serious criminal activities.

The United States and the Government of Guyana enjoy close, cordial relations and share an important bilateral agenda. However, Gajraj’s resumption of a key ministry, with direct authority over law enforcement activities in Guyana, undermines the rule of law in that country. We will be looking at the range of assistance we provide the Government of Guyana in order to protect the integrity of that agenda, particularly in the areas of governance and law enforcement.

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