Guyana police chief quits

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Wednesday April 25, 2012 – Under pressure to go, after being accused of rape, Guyana Police Commissioner Henry Greene has tendered his resignation.

 A statement issued by the Guyana government on Friday said that via a letter dated April 19, and addressed to the Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon, Greene offered to retire as police commissioner and his resignation was accepted.

Greene’s resignation comes some four months after rape allegations made against him by a 34-year-old mother of two led to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack recommending a charge of rape be instituted against him.

 Last December, the woman accused Greene of raping her at a city hotel on November 22. She said Greene held her at gunpoint and forced her to have sexual intercourse with him.

The commissioner then moved to the High Court, through a battery of lawyers, to bar crime chief Seelall Persaud and acting Police Commissioner Leroy Brummel from instituting the charges recommended, and to quash the decision of the DPP.

 On March 30, acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled that the DPP in her submission failed to examine thoroughly the credibility and reliability of the alleged victim. He noted that the establishment of a prima facie case was not sufficient to make out a case of rape.

Chang said in his ruling that the DPP’s advice was “irrational, unreasonable, unfair, unlawful, unconstitutional, null, void and of no legal effect”.  Justice Chang said from all indications, Greene and the woman were lovers.

Greene admitted to having consensual sex with the woman, and was condemned by the opposition political parties, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), the Alliance For Change (AFC), several non-governmental organisations and women’s groups. The groups called on government to dismiss Greene or for him “to do the honourable thing” and resign.

 Former Police Commissioner Winston Felix, Greene’s predecessor, was one of the persons calling on Greene to resign, and said that the police chief should have quit a long time ago.

Greene took over as police commissioner in July 2006 when Felix proceeded on pre-retirement leave. He was the ninth police commissioner since the establishment of the force. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)