The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) is seeking legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to determine if charges should be instituted against former Finance Minister Winston Jordan over the sale of several acres of land at Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD).
On April 28, Jordan was arrested for questioning over the sale of several acres of prime land at Ogle, ECD.
During his monthly check-in with the SOCU over his misconduct in public office charges, Jordan was greeted by supporters who were calling for it to be dropped.
When contacted, the former Finance Minister said that he had not received any new information about the arrest.
He explained, “as per their condition, I have to report every last Friday of the month, and second is that about four weeks ago when I report[ed] per normal, they then raised a new allegation to me at that time. They had told me to come back today (Friday), and when I went back today (Friday), they said there was no new development because they were waiting on the DPP office.”
Jordan pointed out that he was hoping for some information about his recent arrest and subsequent questioning but said that he would await the legal advice from the DPP.
Presently, former Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), Trevor Benn, is currently before the court to answer charges as it relates to the giveaway of lands at Ogle.
The allegations are that the former A Partnership for National Unity+ Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) coalition Government vested almost 100 acres of prime State land at Ogle to eight different companies at a total of $2.9 billion.
However, the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) only received approximately $64 million in payments.