…also questions impartiality of police’s investigation
A senior reporter attached to the Kaieteur News has now expressed concerns over the non existent impartiality of the
police to investigate the matter. He has also expressed a fear for his life and that of his family members.
Leonard Gildarie, the reporter now at the centre of the increasing reportage following a phone call from the Attorney General, issued a public statement and cautioned that while he was advised by his attorneys not to make any public pronouncements on the matter said “I am not restrained from expressing deep fears for my safety and that of my family.”
Gildarie noted too, “I am, also, because of a series of developments, deeply concerned over the (lack of) impartiality of any probe, for a number of reasons.”
According to the reporter, he has seen a number of laughable news reports “that I have been on the run from the police”.
Gildarie by way of his public statement said that “over the week I have been in contact with police officers, including Mr. Kingston from Brickdam (Police Station).”
He went further to say that the said officer “even called me on a phone number that belonged to a family member, strange enough.”
According to Gildarie, he told the police rank that a written statement is being prepared.
“Much to my surprise, they issued a statement Thursday that I am showing reluctance to make contact…On Friday, I delivered a written statement to the Police. Again (yesterday) Saturday, I was present with my lawyer…the police had some additional questions…We are in the process of submitting the answers.”
He expressed his deepest gratitude to the many persons who would have called and lent support over the past few days.
“It has indeed been an extremely challenging period for us…By now, my fellow Guyanese would have learnt of the telephone conversation last Saturday between myself and the Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.”
He observed too that “numerous statements have come from the local NGOs and other international bodies expressing condemnation.”
Contrary to reports that Gildarie was fired from this publication and was on the run from the Police, the statement issued clearly refutes this claim.
In the recorded telephone conversation last Saturday between Gildarie and the Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, and now public audio, Nandlall, while hurling a number of obscenities, conceded knowledge of an imminent attack against Kaieteur News, where the innocent could also be cut down as collateral damage.
Nandlall also confessed to knowing of several power persons who would have become sensitive to the reportage by this publication and even pointed to a family member whom he had to restrain.
In that now infamous recording, Nandlall can be overheard telling Gildarie to get out of the Saffon Street office, which he described as a “dangerous place”.
He hinted at an intended hit on Lall and the establishment.
“No, hear nah, you know how it gun stop? Somebody gun go into Kaieteur…You see everybody nah gat, as I told Adam (Harris) today …I said Adam, everybody don’t just…everybody, wait hold on…everybody doesn’t have a newspaper to use as a weapon. I told Adam, I said ‘Adam people got weapons, right?
“Is not newspaper they gonna use as a weapon; they got weapons and when you continue attack people like that and they have no way of responding they gun just walk with their weapon into that same f***ing Saffon Street office and wha come suh do, and innocent… Peter gun gah pay fuh f***ing Paul in deh one day.
“Me ah tell you innocent, me ah tell you honestly, man to man, that will happen soon. So the quicker you get out of deh the better.”
The Government has since come out in defence of Nandlall saying that it was a loose private conversation which was illegally recorded and further manipulated.
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