Eight GBTI Directors Charged With Failing to Comply With Court Order

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Some of the directors as they exit the courthouse on Monday.

Released on Self Bail

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Eight directors of the Guyana Bank for Trade Industry Limited (GBTI) were released on self bail on Tuesday when they appeared in court charged with failing to comply with a court order.

The charge is in relation to providing information about the movement of US$500 million in the account of the Guyana Rice Development Board.

The order was issued by the High Court for the production of documents for an ongoing criminal investigation at at GRDB.

Attorney Nigel Hughes represented the eight accused – Chairman Robin Stoby and Directors, Edward A Beharry, Suresh Beharry, Kathryn Eytle-McLean, Richard Isava, Carlton James, Basil Mahadeo and acting Chief Executive Officer Shaleeza Shaw.

Hughes said the stance taken by the court was nothing more than an abuse of prosecutorial power.

The accused denied the allegation which stated that on the 7th of September, they failed to comply with a Court order made by the Chief Justice.

According to Hughes, his clients were following the Court order and were last Friday granted an extension by the Chief Justice to turn over all the relevant information to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

SOCU recently launched an investigation into tracking down over US$500M that the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) handled as far back as 2010.

During the investigation, GBTI and SOCU battled over information concerning the GRDB accounts. SOCU believes the documents could possibly point to major fraud taking place at the GRDB under the previous government. – CMC

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