Up Close … with Rehman Adil ‘Bill’ Mohamed, political prisoner during the one-party era

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Post  Sirop14 on Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:22 pm

Up Close … with Rehman Adil ‘Bill’ Mohamed, political prisoner during the one-party era

06-November-2018


‘I am still alive today because I was always one step ahead of my ennemies’



At 73 years old, Bill is still cheerful and always ready to face life

The UK Special Branch was the name of a unit responsible for matters of “national security” in the UK. The remit of Special Branch was to acquire and develop intelligence, usually of a political nature, and to conduct investigations into perceived threats of subversion against the UK Establishment.

This is exactly what Police Inspector Rehman Adil Mohamed was specialised in during his policing days in the colonial era, equipping him with skills which helped save his life on numerous occasions.

Better known as ‘Bill’, Mr Mohamed was the personal bodyguard of former President Sir James Mancham before the 1977 Coup and upon the latter’s return from exile in 1992 after the reintroduction of multiparty.

His lanky figure, blended with his Asian look, will surely mislead anyone who does not know him into thinking he is a Bill as young police officerforeigner.

But once he starts talking, his Creole joie de vivre and his friendly approach will make you at ease, as if you have known him forever.

I have known Bill since my early teenage days through my late father who was one of his closest friends and drinking buddies.

Now 73 years old, Bill still recalls all the attempts on his life during the early days of the one party era.

He said he is still alive today, firstly because God protected him, while his policing skills learned at the UK Special Branch unit had always kept him one step ahead of his assailants.

“I have never been afraid of them, as I have always seen them coming and I was always one step ahead of them,” he said.

Bill was born in Victoria on November 25, 1943, the third son of Osman Mohamed and Zeinab Hyataly.

His father, a Lieutenant in the British Army Artillery Regiment, returned to India after the Second World War, while Bill, his mother and two brothers stayed in Seychelles.

By Roland Duval
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