relatives of slain fisherman Shazad Mohammed are demanding
an independent police investigation into his shooting death.
Mohammed was shot on July 28 by the Coast Guard while fishing
in the Gulf of Paria. He died on August 4, while receiving
medical care, and was buried the following day.
Speaking at his Charlieville home yesterday afternoon, Fareed
Mohammed, father of the dead man, said he was not satisfied
with the preliminary investigationdone by Coast Guard
authoritieswhich determined that there was no premeditated
or deliberate intention to harm his son.
Mohammed said the Coast Guard was accusing his son of possessing
narcotics and being in an area known for drugs.
He said: If they say it have cocaine in the Gulf (of
Paria), let them close down the whole Gulf. It is murder.
They shoot my son in his head and we want the police to
investigate the matter.
are not satisfied with any investigation done by the Coast
A statement from the Coast Guard said they did not accuse
Mohammed of possession of narcotics, arms or ammunition.
Relatives said they were not taking the situation easily
until they got justice. Villagers plan to protest every
Friday, and have been holding nightly prayer meetings at
Mohammeds home on Francis Lalla Road. (AB)