Guyana opposition leader adamant on drugs link

By Jasminee Sahoye
HBN Canada

TORONTO, Canada, April 2, 2007 – Guyana’s main opposition leader, Robert Corbin, is again insisting he has evidence to support his claims of a close association between “known drug lords and the office of the president” of Guyana.

Corbin made the comment in an interview with HBN following a recent visit to the Guyanese-Canadian Diaspora. The Guyana opposition leader, who recently updated members of the Diaspora at a brunch held in the party’s honor about the post election challenge and the results, took credit for being on the record of making the allegations long before the annual narco reports by the US State Department.

“I was threatened with actions in the court but I haven’t received a writ yet because there’s concrete evidence and information which I have at my disposal of them going there,” Corbin told Hardbeatnews.

However, asked to elaborate on the evidence he has in his possession, Corbin referred this reporter to the 2006 US DEA report on Guyana, refusing to give details.

“The very Roger Khan who is now in the United States to the guest of the state, who was taken into custody in Trinidad, a few months ago, the US DEA report on Guyana indicated that the drug lords had indeed invested in the forestry sector and some 40 per cent of the forestry sector was under the control of the narcotics empire and indeed they have pointed to money laundering operations and the erections of buildings in Guyana,” he said. “I don’t want to be more specific than that.”

And he insisted, “We have as a party pointed out to the continuous links between the state and many of these know drug operatives. The US State Department and the DEA report have confirmed what we have been saying all along and I suspect it’s the means of self defense if you might put it that way to divert attention.”

Corbin’s comments come as the Guyana President, Bharrat Jagdeo, accused the US of hypocrisy, stating that it is the biggest drug-consuming country in the world, has a failed border system, inefficient law enforcement that is better equipped but unable to stop tons of drugs entering the country and is a place where more drugs are sold on the streets than in Guyana. (Copyright