– cites harassment, lawyers says charge baseless
Former Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Anand Sanasie has been charged with perjury. He was released late yesterday on $100,000 bail and is due in court today as the sordid saga relating to the GCB dispute and court case rambles on.
Kaieteur Sport was informed after contacting Sanasie and one of his lawyers, Sanjeev Datadin, that he was
informed by the Police after he was arrested and taken to their Eve Leary Headquarters, that he was being charged with the offence because of statements he tendered in court during the High Court case involving officials of the GCB, who have now resigned, and the government.
Mr Datadin disclosed that the police cited utterances made by Sanasie in Affidavits during the case in relation to a list of items the GCB had in custody but were in fact owned by the associate company of the board DED Enterprise which they say were false, hence the charge.
Mr. Datadin said those accusations were baseless and were just a ploy by the authorities to save face after being on the losing end, and to try to embarrass his client.
The attorney noted that the team of lawyers employed by Sanasie and the GCB then, K.A. Juman Yassin, Roysdale Forde and himself (Datadin), was very careful in ensuring that any and every statement tendered were factual and in no way perjured.
He said he was well aware that the authorities would stop at nothing to try to get to his client, noting that the charges had no base in law.
Sanasie related a chain of events which made him suspicious that moves were afoot to target him. He noted that he was being followed and was informed by reliable sources that direction was given to the police to charge him.
He noted that on several occasions he was invited by the police to visit them and did but was told that they will contact him subsequently. Yesterday he was eventually contacted, arrested and charged.
The matter is set for an initial hearing in the High Court some time today.
This latest twist in the saga started with court proceedings involving two rival factions of the GCB and its affiliates, which prompted government’s move to bring some order to local cricket following by appointing an IMC to run the game after a now famous ruling by Chief Justice Ian Chang, which in part deemed the GCB as a legal non-entity.
This resulted in more trips to the High Court and the locking of the GCB office by the Ministry of Sport.
An eventual order was obtained by the GCB to have the doors reopened. However, the subsequent moves by Government saw legal proceeding instituted and several officials of the GCB, including Sanasie’s home and business premises, searched. This turned out to be the last straw for the GCB officials who tendered their resignations, leaving the IMC to deal with the sport.
In between, the WICB and CARICOM intervened and several meetings were held between the stakeholders and the WICB and by extension the ICC. The latter two stated that Government should not forcibly take over the sport. The WICB subsequently withdrew several international matches from Guyana following Government’s move.
To date not much has been done by the Clive Lloyd-led IMC to get the sport back to normalcy as all awaits the resumption of a structured cricket programme from the local governing body, along with elections and a new board executive.
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