The letters further stated that the Consular Section is now in receipt of information, which it did not have at the time that the visas were granted.
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP), in a statement, also disclosed that similar letters were received by the other persons – all former directors – who were slapped with “fabricated charges” in relation to maintaining a general ledger at the Guyana Rice Development Board.
“All the persons charged have pleaded not guilty to those charges and therefore, are presumed innocent until proven guilty,” the Party said.
Seeraj, Dharamlall and the four others – Ricky Ramraj, Badrie Persaud, Jagnarine Singh and Prema Roopnarine- were arraigned last month after being charged by the Special Organised Crimes Unit (SOCU). They appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann Mc Lennan and were released on GYD$500,000 bail each. They were also ordered to lodge their passports.
The charge, according to SOCU, is that the six persons – while acting as Directors on the Board of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) – failed to enter a total of $362M in transactions into the Board’s general ledger during the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
There was no claim that the money is missing or that it was misappropriated, only that it was not entered into the GRDB general ledger, which is the role of the Board’s accounting officers, not the Directors.
The PPP has since said that it will pursue this matter as far as is possible.
Meanwhile, it remains unclear what information the US Embassy received and who sent in the information. Those who have had their visa revoked have instructed their attorneys -at-law to write to the Consular Section of the said Embassy requesting the new information which it has received.