Mere hours after Publisher of Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall, released a recording of Attorney General Anil Nandlall vocalizing a threat of violent proportions, President Donald Ramotar and the government came out in defence of the Attorney General.
In the recording, Nandlall is heard talking about an imminent attack on Kaieteur News that would see the innocent paying for the guilty. He also made an offer of employment to the reporter who he said was working in a “dangerous place”. In the expletive-laden conversation, Nandlall talks of the heightened confrontation with Kaieteur News after the newspaper threatened to release details of his wife.
He goes further; he touts himself as a Kshatryia, pronounced “Chatree”, and unabashedly places himself in a superior social position to former President Bharrat Jagdeo, owner of the New Guyana Pharmaceutical Corporation, Dr Ranjisinghi ‘Bobby’ Ramroop and head of the Privatization Unit, Winston Brassington.
However, the government chose to ignore the obvious threats to the publisher and staff of the newspaper and to come out in support of Nandlall.
In a statement, the government sought to accuse the newspaper of manipulating “a private conversation of a Government Minister, whose conversation was illegally recorded, and distorted, and broadcast.”
The government’s questionable claim of illegality was not supported by Nandlall during the release of a previous recording some years ago when Winston Felix was Police Commissioner. (See related story on page 3)
“We stand by the Attorney General, as the Government of Guyana goes out of its way to foster peace and goodwill. We believe in the integrity and professionalism of the Minister of Legal Affairs, Mr. Anil Nandlall, and stand by him,” the government’s statement said.
“Today, to our utter consternation, the public listened to a voice recording and was shocked at what the nation heard. Broadcast on social media, the recording contains a distorted, manipulated conversation between a Minister and Leonard Gildarie, a reporter from the Kaieteur News.”
The truth is that the recording was unedited and unaltered. Many are now at a loss to understand the government’s assertions. In fact, the government statement does not address the contents of the recording although it admits that the recording was authentic.
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