Friday, March 26, 2004

Gya: Bacchus worried he might be Rodneyed over death squad issue

George Bacchus, the man at the centre of explosive death squad allegations, wants to provide more information but is concerned about his safety and wants firm security assurances, a relative told Stabroek News yesterday.

The relative, who preferred to remain anonymous because of security concerns, says that Bacchus faces a dilemma over his safety because neither the State nor the police force could be relied upon to protect him since he has implicated them in the operations of the death squad. There is also no witness protection programme that could be offered to him.

Bacchus had visited the US embassy on several occasions to tell officials there his story as a means of enhancing his security but the relative says as of now the embassy is unlikely to provide any guarantee for his safety as he is not a citizen. Sources also say that the US embassy is likely to tread carefully in this matter considering the sensitivities of the Guyana Government.
If this last is the case, Bacchus needs to be armed, like Rambo, and ready to shoot first, like Django. The man has a rare courage; for, as long as he's alive, he's a threat to the Guyanese government. Somebody might attempt to pull a Machiavelli on him and his family.

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