The brouhaha involving the Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall and Publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall,
has evolved into an international scandal and the world is watching to see how the authorities, especially the Guyana Police Force, will treat the matter in light of the lodged report.
This is according to General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity, Joseph Harmon.
In an invited comment on the professionalism of the Guyana Police Force and its handling of the matter, Harmon lamented its capacity to investigate certain crimes and further, its ability to guard itself from political interference.
According to Harmon, who is a practicing attorney who would at times have to interact with the Guyana Police Force over criminal and other investigations, the force is notorious for dragging their feet in the compilation of their reports before approaching the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.
He observed, too, that it has been some time now since the report was lodged with the Police Force and a report is yet to be completed.
Harmon said that it is at present unclear if the Attorney General was even questioned by the Police, which would have to be included in any such report to the DPP office.
He was adamant that there is a need for public indignation to ensure that the Police Force acts professionally in its conduct of the investigation against Nandlall.
According to Harmon this is even more critical against the backdrop of a road accident which involved the Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh. It was made clear that when it comes to Government Ministers there is a different set of procedures to be followed.
Harmon insists that this cannot be the case; the law must be applicable to all, irrespective of who is involved.
According to Harmon, had the report been made against an ordinary individual then that person would have more than likely already been charged and possibly incarcerated.
Publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall, filed the report of Nandlall’s threat with the Guyana Police Force two Mondays ago. He submitted a transcript of the recording that featured Anil Nandlall.
That course of action followed a previous report filed with the Ruimveldt Police Station, of a plot to shoot up Kaieteur News and to execute him. Lall told the police that he had information that the execution was to look like an accident.
This came about because of publication of correspondence involving Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner-General, Khurshid Sattaur, and former President, Bharrat Jagdeo, to destroy Lall and his business.
Lall had earlier also accused the Attorney General of spying on his Saffon Street establishment. Nandlall reacted that he would use other weapons against Lall in place of cameras, if he wanted to destroy him.
In his recent telephone call to the reporter, Nandlall also disclosed that he had to restrain his uncle, Kamal Mangal, from getting at Lall for publishing information that the man had imported a high-end luxury vehicle duty-free on the pretext that he was a re-migrant, although he continues to live overseas.
At the time the duty-free concessions were granted by GRA, where Nandlall’s wife is Senior Legal Advisor, Mangal was living at the home of the Attorney-General.
Nandlall unleashed his fury over a promise by Kaieteur News to expose the fact that he used tax dollars to fund a private medical bill for his wife. He said that he has since repaid that money to the Ministry of Health.
The Attorney General protested that Lall should have never brought his wife into the picture.
“I told, I told Glenn, I meet with Glenn. I sit down and talk with him. I use some money from the government and Glenn mek an issue of it. I pay back de f***ing money long before he even mek de issue and he know about it.
“Remember you were going to publish something about my wife and so on? I am not worried about what he gun publish…Me I am a f***ing thoroughbred.
“I…I just don’t want him to publish things about me wife. That is all I don’t want, you understand? Because she is innocent.”
The threats by the Attorney General have brought back memories of the shocking August 8, 2006 slaughter of five pressmen, who were gunned down, execution-style, by armed invaders at the Eccles printery of the Kaieteur News.
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