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…ANUG calls for Coroner’s Inquest into the death of Boston
A New and United Guyana (ANUG) is calling for a Coroner’s Inquest to be conducted into the death of slain Dartmouth businessman Orin Boston.
ANUG, in a statement on Sunday, said the inquest should be conducted by the District Magistrate.
“The coroner is empowered to summon reputable residents of the neighbourhood to act as jurors during the inquest, and to subpoena witnesses and hear evidence,” it said while further positing that the inquest should be public.
The small political party said during the inquest critical questions surrounding the anti-crime operation which ended on a deadly note would be answered.
What was the intelligence provided to the SWAT team? Why there was no search warrant? Was their forced entry into Boston’s home lawful? What circumstances necessitated the use of deadly force by twelve trained and armed men to subdue one man in his bedroom? Those are among the questions still to be answered by the Guyana Police Force.
According to ANUG, the Coroner’s finding should inform whether a crime has been committed.
“A New and United Guyana wants to be clear: if the entry into Boston’s home was unlawful, his death may be murder, and should be prosecuted as murder. If the use of deadly force by the SWAT team was not justified in the circumstances, his death may be murder, and should be prosecuted as murder, just as police officer Dereck Chauvin was charged with the murder of George Floyd,” ANUG stated.
The small opposition political party said it is time for there to be accountability in Guyana. “There have been enough cover ups. This time, justice must be seen to be done for Orin Boston,” the party said while noting that an investigation by the police of the police is an investigation for a cover-up.
“Guyanese take no comfort from any police statement that a police investigation would be undertaken by the Office of Professional Responsibility. Such investigations have been promised before; an investigation by police of police is an invitation to cover up,” it said.
Based on the facts provided thus far, Boston, 29, of Dartmouth Essequibo Coast, was fatally shot in his bedroom by the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit on September 15, 2021 between 4:00hrs and 5:00hrs.
His wife was lying beside him at the time.
The SWAT Unit, comprising one officer and 11 police ranks was sent to Onderneeming, Essequibo, on the night of September 14, 2021. Their ‘operation’ began around 2:00am Wednesday, September 15.
Before Boston’s home, the Unit had stormed Orin Klass’ home – a father of five – and traumatized his family.
The third house the SWAT team went to was that of Boston, at around 4:00am. Between 4:00hrs and 5:00hrs Boston was shot with a rifle. He was in his bed.
“The public has no illusions concerning a ‘confrontation’ between an unarmed man and twelve heavily armed Special Weapons and Tactics specialists who broke into his home at 4:00am. The Police had no warrant to enter or search Boston’s premises. They had no warrant to arrest Boston. They had no body cameras. They acted in the middle of the night,” ANUG said.
The Guyana Police Force has refuted claims that it attempted to cover-up aspects of the shooting incident, and has assured that there will be a thorough, impartial and professional investigation.