- calls arson
allegations “a blatant lie”
Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen
Former Chief Magistrate Juliet Holder-Allen
yesterday stated that allegations that a vehicle
she owns was at a house where ‘channa bombs’
were made were “a blatant lie”.
But she said that she will submit herself for
questioning at the Brickdam Police Station
around 08:00 hrs today. She is urging her
supporters to come out in their numbers in
Brickdam “to show that good will triumph over
“All the people who are my supporters, who
prayed…who are following my story on the road
of injustice, can fill the streets of Brickdam
today to show that good will triumph over
evil,” she told Kaieteur News. Mrs.
Holder-Allen is the presidential candidate for
the recently-established National Democratic
Party, and she warned that there “will be
problems if I am arrested and thrown in jail”.
“My party represents the hope for a bright and
productive future for people who are
intelligent. Courageous and competent, and …I
will call on them to fill the streets day after
day till this evil is purged.”
Mrs. Holder-Allen’s remarks came after
President Bharrat Jagdeo stated at a press
conference that Holder’s vehicle was seen at
“the Meadow Brook house where the bombs were
President Jagdeo added that Keith Ferrier,
called General, who was charged yesterday and is
a relative of Holder-Allen’s, is one of the
“so called recruiters.”
Vehemently denying this report, the former Chief
Magistrate said that only she and her husband
drive her vehicle. She added that on the night
before the torching of the Ministry, she and her
husband retired to bed around 07:00 hrs and were
still there when the building went up in flames.
“I was not at any fire. I did not plan any
fire. He (Jagdeo) knows that he can’t put me
at the scene of any fire. That report (by Jagdeo)
is a blatant lie.”
And responding to President’s statement that
she was seen protesting outside the Police
headquarters the day before the fire, Mrs.
Holder-Allen wondered whether she was being
victimised for that.
“These people are saying that once you protest
you will be victimised. You are telling me that
because I was the fifth protester that you are
going to bring down the whole police force on
The former Chief Magistrate also queried whether
the police were pursuing with the same alacrity,
the persons who murdered her brother, Mineo
Holder, some 15 months ago at Linden.
On Monday, Mrs. Holder-Allen told Kaieteur News
that two senior police ranks, whom she named,
visited her South Ruimveldt Park home around
15:00 hrs yesterday when she was out.
On her return, Mrs. Holder-Allen said she was
informed that two police officers, whom she
identified, had stated that she `was wanted for
questioning at the Brickdam Police Station. Mrs.
Holder-Allen also said that police officers
again visited her home again yesterday.
July 30, 2009