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Three charged in connection with grenade attack on newspaper office

 GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 15, CMC – Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan has remanded into custody three men charged in connection with a live grenade that was found near the Kaieteur News newspaper offices on June 4.

The men – Janiel Howard 30, Leroy Williams 25 and 20-year old Alfie Garraway – were not required to plead when they appeared in court Wednesday and have been remanded into custody until July 7.

court rulThe prosecution had objected to bail for the three men, who were not represented, citing the gravity and penalty of the change.

The police said they are still looking for 20-year-old Shemar Wilson, alias ‘Abdue’, who is also wanted in connection with the grenade attack.

The police had earlier detained 12 people in connection with the grenade attack that occurred as the newspaper journalists met to mourn the death of their colleague, Dale Andrews.

Police said that the device was found near a vehicle owned by the newspaper’s publisher, Glenn Lall and the Guyana Press Association (GPA) called on law enforcement authorities to conduct an “in-depth investigation” into the matter.

“Regardless of the motive, the act alone has a chilling effect on press freedom. We take this opportunity to call on the intellectual authors and/or perpetrators to desist from such a dastardly act,” the GPA said, adding that the “media in Guyana must be allowed to carry out its crucial work of being society’s watchdog, ensuring transparency and efficacy in state and the private sector, without frightening distractions like these”.

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 GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 15, CMC – Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan has remanded into custody three men charged in connection with a live grenade that was found near the Kaieteur News newspaper offices on June 4.

The men – Janiel Howard 30, Leroy Williams 25 and 20-year old Alfie Garraway – were not required to plead when they appeared in court Wednesday and have been remanded into custody until July 7.

court rulThe prosecution had objected to bail for the three men, who were not represented, citing the gravity and penalty of the change.

The police said they are still looking for 20-year-old Shemar Wilson, alias ‘Abdue’, who is also wanted in connection with the grenade attack.

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The police had earlier detained 12 people in connection with the grenade attack that occurred as the newspaper journalists met to mourn the death of their colleague, Dale Andrews.

Police said that the device was found near a vehicle owned by the newspaper’s publisher, Glenn Lall and the Guyana Press Association (GPA) called on law enforcement authorities to conduct an “in-depth investigation” into the matter.

“Regardless of the motive, the act alone has a chilling effect on press freedom. We take this opportunity to call on the intellectual authors and/or perpetrators to desist from such a dastardly act,” the GPA said, adding that the “media in Guyana must be allowed to carry out its crucial work of being society’s watchdog, ensuring transparency and efficacy in state and the private sector, without frightening distractions like these”.