Movement For Justice
Fighting To End All Types Of Discrimination and Injustices
57 Upper Robb Street, Bourda, Georgetown, Guyana
Tel: 225-1540 or 622-8308
June 8, 2010
Ethnic Relations Commission
66 Peter Rose Street, Queenstown
Complaint against the DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack and the CIOG for Religious Discrimination against Balwant Persaud and the Guyanese Public
I am hereby lodging an official complaint with the Ethnic Relations Commission against the Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs. Shalimar Ali-Hack for religious discrimination against myself and another complaint against the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) for discriminating against the Guyanese public at large based on religious beliefs.
Mrs. Shalimar Ali-Hack is a senior member of the CIOG at Thomas Lands, Georgetown, Guyana. She has discriminated against me on religious and political grounds, namely because I am a Hindu and with anti-government views.
Allegations of fraud has been made against me and a Muslim by the name of Sheik Aleem Samad of 129 Barr Street, Kitty, Georgetown, Guyana by certain individuals. These allegations cannot be proven against me because I am innocent and I have proved my innocence with documentation to the police but the police told me that they cannot do anything because the DPP has given instructions to them to charge me and not Aleem Samad.
Attached are contracts and agreements to prove my innocence.
Police officers have confided in me that orders were given “from the top” to the DPP and the police to charge me for alleged fraud and that Aleem Samad must not be charged.
I am not concerned with what political instructions were given “from the top”, as I am more concerned that the DPP and the police should have done proper investigative work and charge the guilty person and to perform their duties in accordance with the Constitution of Guyana.
The police just take statements and did not do any investigative work or check the documentation I provided because the DPP has already made the decision to charge me and not her fellow Muslim worshipper, hence the police just went through the motion of taking statements.
Police officers admitted to me that I am innocent but “their hands are tied”.
Aleem Samad is a member of the CIOG and a worshipper there. He is well known to the DPP and her husband, Shaik Moen Ul-Hack, the resident scholar at the CIOG.
It was well documented in the newspapers that Aleem Samad collected money from these victims and that he threatened them with violence if they reported him to the police. However, the victims did report him to the police but he was never charged.
In fact two of Aleem Samad’s victims did not get justice from the DPP and the police (the DPP is the official advisor to the police in criminal matters) and they had to take legal action in the High Court personally against Aleem Samad for the moneys he defrauded them.
Attached are copies of the High Court documents filed against Aleem Samad.
Now, if I had defrauded anyone, wouldn’t they have sued me in the High Court? Why the victims didn’t sue me and Aleem Samad jointly and severally instead of suing Aleem Samad alone?
I am filing this claim of religious discrimination against me because the DPP, Mrs. Shalimar Ali-Hack has refused to charge her fellow Muslim and worshipper at the CIOG for fraud committed against individuals but instituted charges against me, a Hindu who has proved his innocence with documentation. The DPP was bias due to her religious beliefs, to help her fellow Muslim brother.
There is a trend or pattern that this DPP, Shalimar Ali-Hack does not prosecute her fellow Muslim brothers, especially if they are members of the CIOG. The CIOG has an unwritten code of helping their members and fellow Muslims in distress, similar to the Lodges.
In this case one of their members and a staunch Muslim, Sheik Aleem Samad committed fraud against individuals but was spared the full brunt of the law because of his association with his fellow Muslim, Shalimar Ali-Hack and his links to the CIOG.
Attached is the documentation to prove my innocence. It is clear that I did not defraud anyone and it was Aleem Samad who defrauded these people based on the attached documentation.
The DPP refused to reply to my lawyer’s letter dated 27th February 2009 although my lawyer made many phone calls to her office. Besides being spiteful and vindictive, she also displays unprofessionalism in not replying to an important correspondence from a fellow lawyer and member of the Guyana Bar Association.
Attached is a copy of my lawyer’s letter.
The DPP, Mrs. Shalimar Ali-Hack has on many occasions failed to prosecute her fellow Muslim brothers and even when they are brought into court, the case would be withdrawn or dismissed for frivolous reasons.
Some examples are the Polar beer scam involving Mr.Safeek, the Muslim priest who sexually abused an underage girl, the recent case of Shafdar Alli who was accused of embezzlement of government funds and the DPP “found nothing criminal” although there were evidence of criminality according to the Minister of Local Government and the Government Auditors.
In the New Building Society fraud case, no Muslims were charged although evidence points against them for wrong doings. Instead two Hindus and one Christian were charged for fraud and dismissed from the NBS.
The Teller in this fraud case was a Muslim, the auditors were Muslim, the General Manager was Muslim, the Chairman was Muslim, the account holder was Muslim and the Supervisor was a Muslim.
Strange, none of the Muslims were charged only the two Hindus and one Christian.
To make matters worse, the New Building Society held a meeting at the CIOG’s head office on Thomas Lands to discuss the fraud against the NBS. Why hold a meeting at the CIOG? Wasn’t any other venue available in Guyana?
The DPP was prominent in organizing this meeting according to reliable sources.
There are too numerous cases similar to these where Muslims associated with the CIOG are not facing the courts to be mentioned here.
I am also filing another religious discrimination charge against the CIOG based on their advertisement in the Chronicle newspaper on Thursday June 3rd 2010 inviting ONLY Muslim students to apply for scholarships to attend the University of Guyana.
Attached is the newspaper advertisement.
Guyana is a multi-cultural and multi-religious country and by placing that offensive ad in the papers offering scholarships only to Muslims is derogatory and outright discrimination. It would be understandable that if the scholarships were for Islamic Studies or religious related studies, but these scholarships are for various disciplines such as Engineering, Medicine, and Dentistry etc.
This is a clear case of discriminating against fellow Guyanese of other religious backgrounds.