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Guyana Defends Reinstatement of Controversial Minister

The Guyanese government is defending its reinstatement of a controversial interior minister recently cleared of having links to a death squad.

Guyanese officials Wednesday noted that an inquiry into the allegations against Ronald Gajraj found "no credible evidence" linking him to dozens of extrajudicial killings.

The State Department Tuesday said it was reviewing U.S. aid to Guyana because of Mr. Gajraj's reinstatement, which it says undermines the rule of law in the South American country.

The European Union also expressed disappointment over the reappointment of Mr. Gajraj, who has always maintained his innocence.

Some information for this report provided by AP, Reuters.