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By Michael JordanThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has recommended disciplinary action against several ranks from the Leonora Police Station in connection with the November 2014 beating to death of fisherman Asif Rahim Khartoon.Asif Rahim KhartoonA senior police official confirmed this yesterday while saying that the disciplinary action has been recommended for “a number of subordinate officers and constables.”Asked whether the disciplinary action could include charges, the official said that the Police Act (Chapter 17:01) allows for such a measure.This is in sharp contrast to Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority Cecil Kennard’s recommendation, that manslaughter charges be instituted against a civilian who had allegedly beaten Khartoon.This reportedly happened while the two were handcuffed at the Leonora Police Station.Kennard had told Kaieteur News that there was “clear evidence” that the prisoner “was the assailant.”“I recommended that he (alone) be charged with manslaughter,” Kennard told Kaieteur News.But Kennard had also recommended that no charges be instituted against the police ranks who arrested the fisherman, since Khartoon’s wife was unable to identify the rank that she claimed assaulted him.“In my view, if the policeman (who allegedly struck Khartoon) was identified, both the policeman and the civilian should be charged, but the policeman was not identified,” Kennard said.However, the Police Complaints Authority Chairman had stressed that the DPP’s decision was final.Kennard made the recommendations before sending the file to Crime Chief Leslie James on December 23, 2014. That document was subsequently sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on January 7.Kaieteur News was unable to ascertain whether the DPP’s report contained any information about the prisoner who allegedly assaulted Khartoon.Police have been unable to locate the civilian.Kaieteur News understands that the civilian was arrested on November 22, 2014, after he allegedly paid a West Coast Demerara restaurant owner with counterfeit money.He was taken to the Leonora Police Station and handcuffed to Khartoon, who was detained on the same day. But the restaurant owner reportedly then told the police that he was unwilling to pursue the matter, and the civilian was subsequently released on cash bail.It was reportedly only after Khartoon succumbed, and allegations of assault were leveled against the police, that the restaurant owner and one of his female employees claimed that they had seen the civilian beating Khartoon while the two were handcuffed together.However, police were unable to locate the civilian at the address that he had given them. There are suggestions that the man went into hiding after learning of Khartoon’s demise.But the fisherman’s wife, Soorsattie Chandrapaul, alleged that she saw a police rank strike her husband on the back with “a long gun” after arresting him at his home. However, the widow said that the arrest occurred at night and she was unable to identify the police rank. She said she refused to participate in an identification parade on the grounds that she could not pick out the policeman.In the report sent to Justice Kennard, Khartoon’s wife allegedly stated that she heard her husband saying “police ah beat me”, and described the rank as being a “short, stocky man”.Khartoon, 38, of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, died on November 27, 2014, from injuries he sustained while in custody at the Leonora Police Station. A post mortem examination revealed that he died from multiple injuries to his head, face,Cheap China NFL Jerseys, chest and other parts of the body. While police suggested that the prisoner sustained his injuries at the hand of a fellow inmate, the dead man’s relatives claimed that police ranks inflicted the injuries.Police had stated that he was arrested shortly after midnight on November 22, 2014,Wholesale Hockey Jerseys 2018, following investigations into a report that he had assaulted his reputed wife,NFL Jerseys Cheap, Sursattie Chandrapaul.“During efforts to arrest him, Asif Rahim Khartoon resisted, but was eventually subdued and taken to the Leonora Police Station.”“At the station he made no complaints against the arresting ranks. At the Leonora Station, Asif was kept on the bench handcuffed to another man in custody whom he later reported had allegedly assaulted him,Cheap NHL Jerseys China,” the release stated.“Asif was subsequently taken to the Parika Police Station that Saturday where he was kept in the lockups. He was charged with assault and brought to the Leonora Police Station on Monday November 24, 2014, to attend the Magistrate’s Court.”Police stated that while at Leonora, the prisoner’s reputed wife reported that he was beaten by the police and as a consequence, he was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital which then referred him to the West Demerara Hospital. He was later released and was scheduled to appear in Court on November 26, 2014.”Chandrapaul said that when she visited her husband at the station the following day, she found him in a battered state, with his face badly swollen.After inquiring from the police about her husband’s condition, they told her that he had been beaten by other prisoners.However, Chandrapaul said her husband insisted that police ranks had inflicted the injuries. After being admitted to two West Coast Demerara hospitals and the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation,Cheap NFL Jerseys, Khartoon took his own discharge,Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys, and then succumbed.Khartoon’s relatives have mounted numerous protests in their quest for justice, while also expressing concern at the length of time that it was taking for the investigation to be completed.Two police ranks were initially placed under close arrest.
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