Second Giant Oil Find off Guyana – – Guyana Prison Escapee Recaptured Inquiry into Prison Break

Posted by admin on July 11, 2017 in world news

Oil giant ExxonMobil has announced another giant oil discovery offshore Guyana, this time in the Payara field.

In a statement issued yesterday, Exxon said the find increases Payara’s resources to approximately 500 million oil-equivalent barrels.

The latest find makes it the second giant discovery off Guyana since the 2015 find in the Liza field. Exxon’s president, Steve Greenlee, said these discoveries along with satellite discoveries at Snoek and Liza Deep “provides the foundation for world class oil developments” in Guyana.

The Payara field is located in the 6.6 million-acre Stabroek Block for which Exxon and its partners, Hess Corporation and CNOOC Nexen, have exploration and production licences.

These positive well results increase the estimated gross recoverable resource for the Stabroek Block to between 2.25 billion oil-equivalent barrels and 2.75 billion oil-equivalent barrels.

“We are committed to continue to evaluate the full potential of the Stabroek Block,” Greenlee said.

 

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Guyana Prison Escapee Recaptured; Inquiry into Prison Break
SIX OF THE 13 PRISONERS WHO ESCAPED BETWEEN SUNDAY NIGHT AND YESTERDAY MORNING. THE OTHER SEVEN WERE CAPTURED. TOP (LEFT TO RIGHT): SHAWN HARRIS, PAUL GORIAH AND CLIVE FORDE. BOTTOM (LEFT TO RIGHT): PASCAL SMITH, KERRY CRUMWELL AND KENDELL SKEETE.

 

Thirteen prisoners escaped from a prison in Guyana between Sunday night and yesterday morning. But seven were back in custody by yesterday evening,

The prisoners had dug a tunnel in their holding area at the Lusignan Prison and disguised it as a makeshift latrine.

They were among hundreds who were being housed at the minimum-security jail in the east of the country after fire destroyed the maximum-security Camp Street Prison in the capital earlier this month, which also resulted in inmates escaping – four of whom are still on the run.

Government has appealed to the public to remain calm and vigilant and to “take all necessary precautions and report all suspicious activities to the nearest police station or outpost.”

“Every effort is being made to catch them,” Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan said.

Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine said lawmen were working on “double quick time” in their search, and patrols and security checks have been intensified, particularly in the East Coast and East Bank Demerara corridors.

Ramjattan said arrangements were being intensified to remove the 86 prisoners remaining in the holding area at Lusignan to a lone brick building at the Camp Street compound which was constructed after the fire. He said the other prisons at New Amsterdam, Timehri and Mazaruni where the other prisoners were transferred are now “saturated”.

The six Lusignan escapees who are still on the run are: Shawn Harris, Paul Goriah, Clive Forde, Kerry Crumwell, Pascal Smith, and Kendell Skeete. The four Georgetown Prison escapees who are still on the run are: Stafrei Alexander, Cobena Stephens, Mark Royden Williams and Uree Varswyk.

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Guyana Prison Escapees in Fiery Riot Increase to Eight
GUYANA’S MINISTER OF PUBLIC SECURITY KHEMRAJ RAMJATTAN

Two of the eight prisoners authorities thought had been on the run after the jailbreak at the Camp Street Prison, have now been accounted for. And with one of the escapees having been caught on Friday, the hunt continues for the other five.

Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan made the disclosure as he also revealed that a Commission of Inquiry would be held into the riot and fire that destroyed the country’s main jail.

The incident occurred after 4 p.m. last Sunday when inmates started several fires simultaneously in different buildings. Prison officer Odinga Wayne Wickham was fatally shot in the chest and several of his colleagues were also injured.

Several inmates escaped at the time, and that number had eventually been given as eight.

However, Ramjattan said on Thursday that two of the eight had been accounted for, explaining that there was some difficulty initially as prisoners did not cooperate in the verification procedure. He said the process has since been improved as inmates have been transferred to other prison facilities, and two of the eight were accounted for in that process, leaving six confirmed on the run.

A day later, escapee Desmond James was recaptured in West Bank Demerara.

The five that have been confirmed still on the run are either murder convicts or accused. They are: Mark Royden Durant – who is on death row for the Bartica and Lusignan massacres; Uree Varswyck, who was committed to stand trial for the 2014 murder of a security guard; Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, charged with the 2015 murder of a businesswoman; Cornelius Thomas and Cobena Stephens.

“The Joint Services will be doing their best to hunt them down and bring them in,” Minister Ramjattan said, with Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud adding that the Joint Services have embarked on several operations to bring them back custody.

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Fiery Riot at Guyana Jail Leaves Prison Officer Dead and Inmates on the Run {VIDEO}

WHAT’S LEFT OF THE PRISON. (PHOTO: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INFORMATION)

The number of inmates who escaped during Sunday evening’s fiery riot that resulted in Guyana’s main jail being practically destroyed and a prison officer dead, has risen to eight – but half of them have not yet been identified.

Mark Royden Durant, also known as Royden Williams – who is on death row for the Bartica and Lusignan massacres; Uree Varswyck, whose alias is Malcolm Gordon Williams, and was committed to stand trial for the 2014 murder of a security guard; Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, charged with the 2015 murder of a businesswoman; and Sherwin Nero, alias Sherwin Moses, all made good their escape from the Camp Street prison in Georgetown during the riot.

Another murder accused, 20-year old Shawn Collins, who had escaped while being transported with other prisoners to another facility on Sunday night, was recaptured in the vicinity of the prison in the early hours of Monday morning.

Officials say another four are still out there.


ON THE RUN: STAFREI HOPKINSON ALEXANDER (TOP LEFT), SHERWIN NERO (TOP RIGHT), MARK ROYDEN DURANT, ALSO KNOWN AS ROYDEN WILLIAMS (BOTTOM LEFT) AND UREE VARSWYCK, ALIAS MALCOLM GORDON WILLIAMS (BOTTOM RIGHT).

They say there were 1,018 prisoners registered at the prison on Sunday, before the incident. Of those, 980 inmates were at the prison at the time of the fire, while the other 38 low-risk prisoners were out of the prison on labour duties. Those 38 have all been accounted for, but in total, authorities have only been able to locate 1,010 prisoners.

The riot began after 4 p.m. on Sunday when inmates started several fires simultaneous in different buildings. Prison officer Odinga Wayne Wickham was fatally shot in the chest and several of his colleagues were also injured and have been hospitalized.

Following a national security meeting on Monday evening, Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan sought to assure Guyanese that “we have gotten things under control”.

“We want to ensure that everyone out there is safe and that is our primary concern. We also want to ensure that prisoners are safe because they have their rights too, notwithstanding they’re prisoners, notwithstanding the bad behaviour of some of them. We are getting a number of them working along with us,” he said.

Some of the 1,010 inmates have been moved to the jail in Mazaruni while the majority of them remain at Lusignan where they were transferred following the riot.

“We are also in the process of getting Magistrates to be at Lusignan for the purposes of ensuring that those minor offences, those who were on bail but couldn’t afford it, make the arrangements for the granting of bail on their own recognizance so that we can shift some of them back to their homes,” Ramjattan had said.

He added that “a very complex set of arrangements” had been put in place to ensure the comfort of all the prisoners and the capture of those who escaped.

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A prison officer is dead and three prisoners are on the run after a fiery uprising at Guyana’s main jail yesterday evening.

The 133-year-old Camp Street prison in the country’s capital was practically destroyed after inmates set fires to several buildings at the prison after 4 p.m., similar to what occurred at the prison in March last year when  17 inmates died.

As the fires spread, the more than 1,000 prisoners in the facility built for 600 were evacuated and held outside the building under heavy guard while arrangements were made to transport them to other facilities.

During the riot, in which a prison officer was reportedly held hostage, five prisoners escaped. While two of the escapees were subsequently shot and captured, Mark Royden Durant, also known as Royden Williams – who is on death row for the Bartica and Lusignan massacres; Uree Varswyck, whose alias is Malcolm Gordon Williams, and was committed to stand trial for murder; and another man who has not been identified, are still on the run.

Roadblocks have been set up as police and joint services launch a manhunt for the escapees who are believed to be armed.


ON THE RUN: DEATH ROW INMATE MARK ROYDEN DURANT, ALSO KNOWN AS ROYDEN WILLIAMS (LEFT) AND MURDER ACCUSED UREE VARSWYCK, ALIAS MALCOLM GORDON WILLIAMS.

 

Director or Prisons Gladwyn Samuels told reporters last night the fires were set as a distraction while the prison break took place.

Prison officer Odinga Wayne Wickham, who was shot in the chest during the riot, succumbed to his injury at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Several other wardens and two inmates are also being treated at the hospital for gunshot and chop wounds.

The remaining prisoners have been transferred to the Lusignan Prison on East Coast Demerara.

“From reports on the ground the situation is stable,” Samuels said last night.

SOME OF THE PRISONERS BEING TRANSPORTED FROM THE BURNING PRISON.

 

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said about 300 of the inmates would be moved to other prisons today, but there was need to figure out proper accommodation for the remaining 700, as he warned that authorities “have a big crisis on our hands”.

President David Granger added that the government was “acting quickly to ensure that the prisoners are caught, but more [importantly], that those prisoners who were previously accommodated at the Georgetown prison are kept in a secure place”.

“I’m very confident that by Monday morning the prisoners will be in secure accommodation, so Guyanese will be assured that there are not going to be prisoners roaming all about the city or the countryside,” he added.

Granger said authorities were also concerned about the safety of the inmates, and indicated that authorities were trying to confirm whether there were any others dead or injured at the prison.

“From a human point of view, we are anxious that the prisoners, even though some of them might have be responsible for the breakout, are safe from injury and they are kept in a situation overnight at which they can be no menace to society,” the President said.

He also extended his sympathy to the family of the prison officer who was killed.

The Camp Street prison has been the scene of several incidents of unrest in the past few years, many of them including fires being set.

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