Four of the firemen implicated in the theft of passengers belongings on the ill-fated Fly Jamaica aircraft have been charged and will appear in court soon.
Police said in a release on Tuesday that the charges were instituted after legal advice. Also the case file in respect of the policemen implicated in the alleged theft of some model planes, is still with the Police Legal Adviser.
Cabinet had condemned what it deemed the “reprehensible” alleged acts of theft by the firemen who had first responded to the Fly Jamaica aircraft that crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport recently. Several firemen were accused of stealing personal items belonging to crew members and several passengers of the Fly Jamaica airplane which made an emergency landing at the CJIA shortly after it had taken off for Toronto, Canada.
The Ministry of the Presidency had said in a statement that both Cabinet and the National Security Committee (NSC) were briefed about the incident involving the Fly Jamaica flight OJ256. During the emergency operations that followed the emergency landing, members of the GFS rushed to the scene. After the mop-up, some personal items belonging to crew members and some passengers were discovered missing. The firemen were since detained by the police and some released on bail.
“Cabinet strongly condemned as criminal and morally corrupt, those alleged acts of theft, and urged that the perpetrators be brought to swift justice,” the statement read. It added: “It must be noted that not only did the accused cast a blemish on the reputation of the disciplined services, but they have tarnished Guyana’s image.”