The actions of Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, as unveiled by the recently exposed audio recording, points
to a man who obviously knew of an imminent crime and did not reveal it to persons in authority. His action borders on misconduct if not criminal.
This is the view held by Shadow Home Affairs Minister, Winston Felix, himself a former Commissioner of Police.
Yesterday Felix held a special media briefing at Congress Place to address the out of control crime situation in Guyana.
Weighing in specifically on the recently publicized audio recording between Attorney General Nandlall and Kaieteur News reporter Leonard Gildarie, Felix told reporters that for a government to take the position that it has, means that it is clearly in denial.
According to Felix, “You heard the recording, I heard them, the public has heard them, right thinking people heard the recording and I don’t think that anyone who calls for the Attorney General’s resignation is on the wrong path. If anybody is on wrong path it is the Government that refuses to recognize wrongdoing and correct it.”
Felix was adamant that the Government must now practise what it preaches and observe the rule of law.
“Sometimes you must turn around from your evil ways; you must find a point to turn from your evil ways…They mouth it; they talk about it; they must know that it is a system in the law that requires them to respect and observe the law and ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law.”
Felix said that Nandlall, a person in his office with his training and experience, ought to know that if a crime or a potential crime comes to his attention then he needs to report it to the proper authorities so they can take action.
“Thank God for how things played out. I don’t know what would have happened in Saffon Street,” said Felix.
Gildarie, the reporter at the centre of the brouhaha along with Nandlall, has since expressed a fear for his life and
that of his family.
In a public statement over the weekend, Gildarie said that while he was advised by his attorneys not to make any public pronouncements on the matter, “I am not restrained from expressing deep fears for my safety and that of my family.”
Ever since the expose involving the Minister of Legal Affairs, several bodies have called for his resignation. Transparency Institute Guyana Inc. (TIGI), the Guyana Human Rights Association, the Guyana Bar Association, the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers and the Guyana Press Association have been among those bodies.
A report along with the transcript and an audio recording has been lodged with the Guyana Police Force.
In that now infamous recording 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 said that several powerful persons would have become sensitive to the reportage by this publication, among them 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.
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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