Maintaining that allegations by Police Sergeant Dion Bascom implicating him in the execution of Ricardo ‘Paper Shorts’ Fagundes are untrue, prominent businessman, Azruddin Mohamed has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the cop for defamation.
Through Facebook posts made on August 11, 12, 13, and 19—shortly after he was arrested and subsequently released over cocaine found in a Georgetown house—Sergeant Bascom accused Mohamed and several senior Police detectives of skullduggery in Fagundes’s murder probe.
Fagundes, 42, a gold miner and popular biker of Kitty, Georgetown was gunned down outside the popular Palm Court Club in Main Street, Georgetown back in March 2021. More than a year later, no one has been charged with his murder, sparking protest actions by his family.
Seeking in excess of $200M in damages, Mohamed, through his lawyer Naresh Poonai, is also asking a High Court Judge to retrain the cop from making further allegations against him and for a mandatory injunction compelling him to immediately remove the Facebook posts.
The lawyer deposed that Sergeant Bascom’s statements are untrue, false, disingenuous, malicious, irrational, unfair, unsubstantiated, and unfounded and were made to tarnish and lower his client’s reputation, adding that they have also caused him psychological trauma, great embarrassment, emotional distress, and public humiliation.
According to counsel, his client is well-known for his philanthropic efforts as he supports multiple charities, nonprofit organisations, and events and members of the Guyanese community who need financial assistance relating to social, economic, or medical hardship.
The Guyana Police Force and Mohamed have since debunked Sergeant Bascom’s claims.
Killed: Ricardo Fagundes