BY RESHMA RAGOONATH
Attorneys representing the grieving family of slain fisherman
Shazad Mohammed are condemning the findings of the preliminary
investigation conducted by the Coast Guard.
The probe has cleared officers involved in the shooting of any
wrongdoing, stating there was no premeditated or deliberate
intention to harm Mohammed.
But lead attorney for the Mohammed family, Anand Ramlogan, in
a release yesterday, described the findings as biased
Ramlogan has been retained by the Mohammed family, along with
attorneys Kevin Ratiram and Imran Khan, of Freedom House Law
Chambers, to look after the familys legal interests.
The attorney said the investigation was a mere public
relations job, designed to do damage control and salvage the
poor image of the nations protective services, in
wake of the torture and brutalisation of Rabindra Choon, allegedly
by police, and the death of young Mohammed.
Ramlogan has described the investigation into Mohammeds
killing as a farce that is clearly designed
to exonerate the Coast Guard, instead of confronting the clear
excessive use of force on three young, unarmed fishermen who
were simply trying to earn an honest living by fishing.
The inquiry, he claimed in the release, lacked integrity and
transparency, and must be viewed with deep suspicion.
Ramlogan is asking for a copy of the report, so that he can
advise his clients on whether it should be challenged in the
High Court on the grounds of bias and unfairness.
He added that Coast Guard personnel had visited the attorneys,
requesting copies of the statements taken by the police from
the two young fishermen who survived the incident.