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article imageGuyana police accused of setting boy's genitals on fire

By Andrew Moran     Nov 1, 2009 in Crime
On Saturday, two Guyana police officers were arrested after they allegedly set a 14-year-old boy's genitals on fire, which made people in the South American nation enraged.
After being accused of setting a 14-year-old boy’s genitals on fire, two Guyana police officers were arrested. Relatives of the boy and rights group representatives accuse the police officers of torturing the boy at the police station, according to Asia One. The teenage boy was arrested in the rural town of Leonora after being arrested earlier in the week in connection with a murder.
The Guyana Human Rights Association issued a statement to the media, “The genitals of a minor were doused with inflammable liquid and set ablaze. The inside of (his) mouth burned with cigarettes and extensive wounds sustained from severe beatings despite a senior officer being reportedly in charge of the investigation.”
Since President Bharrat Jagdeo has held office, citizens have accused the President’s security forces of stepping over their boundaries and avoiding all civil liberties of the 750,000 people, reports Reuters. In early spring of this year, security forces allegedly set a suspect on top of an ants’ nest as they wanted information over a case of cocaine trafficking. While the security forces were accused of similar crimes between 2008 and 2007.
As News Daily notes, a lawyers’ group is calling for a public inquiry into the incident.
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