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Guyana completes probe into Brazilian aircraft found on illegal strip

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The police have completed their probe into the Brazilian aircraft that was found on an illegal strip in North Rupununi in August.

According to Minister of State, Joseph Harmon the report on the investigation is now with Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan.

The Beechcraft King Air 350 aircraft was flown to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport shortly after being discovered by security forces.

The twin-engine aircraft is tied to an investment bank in neighbouring Brazil – Banco Bradesco.

That bank had facilitated the sale of the aircraft between its owners, a Rio-based company and another private entity.

The bank is listed by the Brazilian authorities as the owner, since the process of transfer of ownership is ongoing.

On Friday, Harmon told reporters that Guyana has been in communication with some persons from Brazil who have claimed the aircraft was stolen from them.

“But we asked them to provide some further information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that information has not been forthcoming,” he stated.

The discovery was made just a week after soldiers had found another illegal airstrip, a chain saw, aviation fuel, 12 abandoned camps and several dug-out trenches in the same area.

The Minister of State says the Government has been working with local and international partners to build capacity and strengthen security within and around the country.

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