Trouble brewing for Guyana’s police commissioner
Top cop could face rape charges.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday February 8, 2012 – Guyana’s top cop, Police Commissioner, Henry Greene has obtained a temporary High Court order blocking rape charges being made against him.
The country’s Director of Public Prosecutions has recommended that he be charged with raping a 34-year-old woman on November 22 last year.
But, Greene petitioned the court yesterday denying that he raped the woman or was armed, but admitted to consensual sex the same day. “We both agreed that when we leave the Officers’ Mess we will go somewhere private. After we left the Officers’ Mess, we drove to the Villa where we entered a private room where we had consensual sexual intercourse. I never had a gun in my possession on the night of 22nd November, 2011,” he said in an Affidavit in Support of Motion.
Greene’s attorneys are also calling on the High Court to quash the advice of the DPP, stating there was insufficient evidence to get a conviction and challenging the woman’s credibility.
“The said advice by the Director of Public Prosecutions is irrational, unreasonable, unfair, unlawful, unconstitutional, null, void and of no legal effect,” said his lawyers.
The DPP and other law enforcement agencies working on the case now have until February 20 to come up with the necessary evidence.
Greene, 57, had his American visa revoked and went on leave in mid-December to facilitate the probe. His return to the helm as Commissioner, a post which he held from July 24, 2006 would be determined by the outcome of the case along with other matters.
Both Greene and the complainant were questioned by police.