Businessman abducted in Suriname
SEVENTY-EIGHT FORESHORE, CORENTYNE – Masked gunmen murdered Corentyne
businessman Fazal Hoosein and dumped his corpse in the Corentyne River, after
snatching him from a vessel that was returning from Suriname on Wednesday.
Hoosein’s bound body was found yesterday near the Number 78 foreshore, just
a day after five heavily armed gunmen abducted him.
A relative said that the corpse was entangled in a seine and that Hoosein’s
hands and legs were bound. There were also marks of violence on his upper
Number 79 Village, Corentyne, was the father of six. He traveled often to
Suriname on business.
Police suspect that robbery was the motive since they have received reports
that Hoosein was returning from Suriname with a large sum of money
that he had collected from a businessman in the Dutch-Speaking territory.
According to reports, Hoosein and nine other passengers were returning from
Suriname at around 17:45 hrs when five masked men, bearing high-powered rifles
and handguns, approached them in another boat.
The gunmen reportedly fired four rounds in the air and ordered the passengers
to lie flat in their vessel.
A high-powered rifle
relieving the passengers of their mobile phones, the gunmen ordered Hoosein to
climb abroad their vessel, took away the spark plug lead for the other boat,
and sped away with their captive.
The group was rescued moments later by another speed boat operator and
transported to the Number Seventy-eight Village Foreshore.
According to police reports, about 19:00 hours on Wednesday, the man’s son,
17-year old Fareez Hoosein, informed ranks at the Skeldon Police Station that
he had received word
that his father had been abducted.
About 16:20 hours yesterday, a group of fishermen spotted a body floating
about four miles east of the Number 78 foreshore, a short distance from the
The corpse was taken to the wharf of the Number Sixty-six Fish Port Complex
and handed over to the police.
Soon after, the victim’s son, Fareez Hoosein, identified the corpse as that
of his father. The body was later taken to the Skeldon Hospital morgue
Azad Hoosein, brother of the slain man, told Kaieteur News
that his sibling left for Suriname around 06:00 hrs on Wednesday.
Mr. Hoosein said that they received word of his brother’s abduction from his
sibling’s brother-in-law, who lives in Suriname.
Around 14:30 hrs yesterday, relatives learnt that Hoosein’s body had been
The autopsy is to be performed shortly.
Up to late last night police were questioning the other passengers.
Friday, June 05, 2009