Home News Cop nabbed with several passports at home under “open arrest”
…still on the job but not at immigration office – Crime Chief
The police constable who was earlier this month nabbed by law enforcement officials with several passports in his possession at his home is presently under “open arrest” and still remains employed as a member of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).
This is according to Deputy Police Commissioner Lyndon Alves, who told Guyana Times during a recent interview that investigations into the matter are still ongoing but in the meanwhile, the duties of that policeman have been changed.
“He is still on the job since the investigation has not been completed as yet. But he is not at the Immigration (Office). He is now under open arrest.”
According to the Crime Chief, the police constable had initially been placed under “close arrest” where his freedom was restricted and he had been confined.
However, based on the investigations, he was subsequently placed on open arrest.
“Like I said, he is under open arrest but still, we are investigating so I cannot say what the outcome is at this point. Open arrest is where you move around and you can perform your duties but there is still limited freedom. So at this point, he is performing duties assigned by the GPF but has been removed from the location where his alleged involved with the passports reportedly occurred,” Alves explained.
Earlier this month, based on information received, Police ranks swooped down at the constable’s home in Stevedore Housing Scheme, Georgetown, and discovered a quantity of Guyana passports. The rank was at work when he was confronted about the find and arrested.
Meanwhile, the Crime Chief noted that he was not in a position to disclose whether the passports were expired or not.
“I don’t know if they were machine-readable or not. I am not presently able to say if they were expired or could be used. But I will definitely have to speak to, and will be speaking with, the Immigration Office to find out such details,” he added.