Monday 14th August, 2006


Shazad’s kin calling for probe by police

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Disgruntled 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 investigation—done by Coast Guard authorities—which 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.

“We are not satisfied with any investigation done by the Coast Guard.”

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

Mohammed’s home on Francis Lalla Road. (AB)

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