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Drama as police try to arrest former senior cop on sexual, fraud charges

Published:Saturday | October 16, 2021 | 12:11 AM

GUYANA (CMC):

The former chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Paul Slowe, was on Friday released on GUY$325,000 (One Guyana dollar = US$0.004 cents) bail after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on charges of sexual assault and attempting to defraud the State.

Slowe, a retired assistant commissioner of police, returned to Guyana on Thursday and, as he made his way to the court to answer the charges, he was surrounded by police officers who attempted to arrest him.

Slowe objected and insisted that he would not be taken into custody since the charges had already been filed and the reason for his presence was to attend the court hearing.

The stand-off lasted for several minutes, with one police officer grabbing him by the arm and trying to force him to the inquiries office at the court. The retired assistant commissioner held his ground and said he would not be moving until his attorneys appeared.

STAND-OFF

When his attorney, Selwyn Pieters, arrived, he told the officers that they could not issue an arrest since the matter had already been laid before the court and his client was heading to court. The stand-off ended after another attorney advised the police officers, who stood down and allowed the retired senior police officer into the courtroom.

In court, Slowe was informed that while he served as the PSC chairman between March 26 and April 2, 2019, he sexually assaulted a female police officer in 2019 by allegedly rubbing her leg in a sexual manner without consent. He was not required to enter a plea to the charges and was released on GUY$225,000 bail on the three charges.

Slowe was also charged separately for conspiracy to defraud the State of GUY$10 million. The prosecution alleges that, between March 1, 2019 and July 7, 2020, Slowe conspired with several other retired police officers and with other persons to defraud the Guyana Police Force of $10,056,000 as a result of their work on reforming the Standing Orders of the Police Force. He was also not required to enter a plea to the charge and was granted GUY$100,000 bail.

The matters will resume on November 26.

Meanwhile, Slowe, on Friday, filed a criminal complaint against Attorney General Anil Nandlall in relation to alleged statements made by the politician about him on an NCN television programme that was streamed on social media.