Guyana police chief goes on leave following rape allegation
The Government Information Agency said Assistant Commissioner Leroy Brumell would serve as Commissioner in the interim pending the results of an investigation.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday December 19, 2011 - Local interest groups have welcomed the decision by Police Commissioner Henry Greene to proceed on leave, a little more than a week after a 34-year-old woman alleged that he raped her.
The Guyana Women Lawyers Association was among those that clamoured for the police chief to step aside pending an investigation into the allegation by the mother of two.
An association representative said the commissioner should have proceeded on leave “a long time ago.”
Both opposition parties – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC) said they too agreed with the decision.
“It may be a prelude to his resignation and I think it will be generally welcomed,” said APNU Vice Chairman, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine.
“From what I know, there are definitely grounds for an investigation. We do have the capacity to carry out an investigation and in the present climate it would be very foolhardy to interfere with an investigation.”
AFC leader Raphael Trotman said he also agreed with the decision adding that, “ultimately he (Greene) should be treated …as a rank and not sent on leave but interdicted.”
A statement released by the Government Information Agency said Assistant Commissioner Leroy Brumell would serve as Commissioner in the interim.
“The Head of State said also that he has liaised with Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee, requesting that his Ministry conduct external assistance in the investigations in order to expedite them,” the GINA release said.