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Jul 16, 2019

ComPol Details Selgado’s Arrest and Arraignment

Attorney Oscar Selgado made headlines on Monday evening after being arraigned for the crime of abetment to commit murder.  It is alleged that the well-known criminal lawyer contracted the services of a so-called hired gun to do away with a woman who reportedly filed a complaint against him before the Judicial and Legal Services Commission earlier this year.  In court last evening, it was disclosed that Selgado purportedly approached Giovanni Ramirez on February seventh to carry out the execution.  Ramirez subsequently turned to police to inform them of a plot to kill Marilyn Barnes in which he, Giovanni Ramirez, was to have carried out the assignment.  But it wasn’t until Monday that Selgado was taken into custody and brought before the court to face a single charge.  The arraignment, according to Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, is the result of a thorough investigation and prosecutors believe that there is enough evidence to take the matter to trial.  The arrest of the forty-nine-year-old is the second incident since the beginning of the year in which he has been in the news.  Selgado’s vehicle was stopped and searched on Fabers Road a few months back when GSU personnel received a tip that there was a firearm and ammunition concealed inside his vehicle.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

Chester Williams

“Sometime in the month of March of this year, we had received a complaint that Mr. Selgado had obtained the services of a young man from the Martin’s area to carry out a hit on a woman who has a matter against him before the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.  From the information we had obtained it suggested that Mr. Selgado wanted the woman dead before the matter was heard before the JLC.  We did a number of follow-ups and if you would see it took from March until yesterday because the DPP had directed that we confirm certain things before any arrest was to be made.  So the investigation has been ongoing from then and I must say that we do have very good supporting and credible evidence to substantiate the charge for which he was arraigned yesterday, that is abetment to commit murder.  And so, that’s where this whole thing emanates from.  I’m not going to go into details as to what are the evidence that we have, but I can say we have credible information that substantiates the information or the report that this act did in fact occur, in the sense that there was the discussion and even beyond the discussion to eliminate the woman prior to the hearing of the matter against him before the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.”


Isani Cayetano

“Would you be in a position to confirm whether the stop and search of his vehicle a few months back on Fabers Road was perhaps in relation to the information that you had gathered that you were acting upon against Mr. Selgado?”


Chester Williams

“No, that was a totally different scenario.  In that case we had received information from someone and as I said then, the way how the informant provided information was too good to be true and I know that some people had a different view as to why he was not charged but I have always said that as the police we are only suppose to lay charges if we have the evidence to support the charge.  And if it is that we believe that we don’t have the evidence then we should not charge.  That is my belief and I think that as a responsible police department what we did then was the right thing.”


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