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Retired Brigadier to head Commission of Inquiry into discovery of plane

Retired Brigadier and former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Edward Collins,receives his instrument of appointment from Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan Retired Brigadier and former Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Edward Collins,receives his instrument of appointment from Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Sept 28, CMC – A retired brigadier has been given the task to determine whether or not the security forces in Guyana had shared information regarding the discovery of an aircraft in the south of the country earlier this month.

In addition, Edward Collins is also being asked to determine whether or not any of Guyana’s laws had been broken as well as whether “it can be concluded from the information available and the relevant evidence and witness testimony that the agencies of the State acted in a manner consistent with their security responsibility”.

Collins was sworn in as the lone member of the Commission of Inquiry by Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Kennan on Wednesday.

He has until November to complete and submit his report to President David Granger regarding the discovery of the twin-engine Cessna aircraft that was found September 13, near the Yupukari Village.

Collins’s terms of reference will also have him advising President Grangeron the operational effectiveness of the various agencies of the State and the adequacy of existing human resources, technology and equipment in Region Nine.

Earlier this month, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said that the registration number N767Z on the twin-engine Cessna aircraft, was a fake. ‎

Harmon said that the aircraft was found partly hidden in bush covered in a camouflage net and that subsequently, a team comprising officials from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF), immediately began an investigation.

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