Amidst criticisms that it is adopting a biased approach, a senior official of the Guyana Police Force has assured that investigations into Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s disclosure of plans to attack the Kaieteur News will be completed today.
Kaieteur News was reliably informed that a report on the matter will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice no later than today.
It would mean that investigators have secured a statement from the Attorney General himself.
“In order for a file to be completed, all parties’ statements have to be obtained,” the senior police official told Kaieteur News.
The Attorney General in a recorded conversation with Senior Kaieteur News Reporter Leonard Gildarie, hinted at a plot to attack the Kaieteur News in retaliation to the newspaper’s exposure of corrupt activities by persons close to the ruling administration.
The newspaper’s Publisher Glenn Lall had lodged a complaint with the police, providing them with a copy of the recorded conversation. In the conversation with the Kaieteur News senior reporter, Nandlall told Gildarie that Kaieteur News had become a very “dangerous place” and that he should leave to avoid being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Initially the police appeared to have been stalling the investigations into the matter and this approach was criticized by certain sections of society, which accused them of abandoning all pretence of impartiality and neutrality.
In fact the police had signaled that they may institute charges against the Reporter.
In defence of their actions, the force announced that the delay in their investigations was due to the need for clarification of certain sections of the statements provided by the Reporter.
But according to a top level official of the force, the police should have acted with more urgency in the initial stages of the investigations to dispel any thought of bias.
It is not clear when the police approached the Attorney General with the allegations made against him by the Kaieteur News nor is it clear when he provided them with his statement.
“Investigators should have approached him (AG) immediately after they received the complaint, just as how they would have approached anybody else if such allegations were made against them,” the high ranking officer stated.
He referred to the recent police investigations into an alleged plot to execute a senior MARAD official.
In that case the police received a report from a man who alleged that he was contacted by another party to execute the official.
Investigators wasted no time in arresting the other party, despite not carrying out a full investigation.
“In the Kaieteur News case, the police were provided with a tape recording of the conversation between the AG and the reporter in which he made certain statements that should have been investigated with some urgency,” the high ranking police official stated.
Instead the police intimidated the senior reporter during a visit to his home.
The Reporter said that ranks turned up at his home and invited him to the police station. Immediately, he questioned whether he was under arrest, only to be told that he was not. He said that he informed them that if he was not under arrest then he would complete some business at hand before venturing to the police station.
Gildarie said that the ranks insisted that he accompany them to the police station. He said that he asked about the consequences should he refuse and was told that the police would then be prepared to “take it to the next level.” They drove in his car to the Brickdam Police Station and at that stage he was considered under arrest.
At the police station, and in the absence of his lawyer, Gildarie declined to answer any question. The police acquiesced. His Attorney duly arrived and a new appointment has been rescheduled.
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