General Secretary of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Joseph Harmon, did not hesitate to shut down a
reporter attached to the National Communications Network (NCN).
The reporter appeared to have gone to the press conference with specific instructions to promote the government’s position on the embattled Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.
Nandlall, in the scandalous profanity laced 19-minute recording of a conversation with a Kaieteur News reporter, threatened physical harm to the people at Kaieteur News, degraded and made derogatory comments about a female reporter, and admitted to using state funds, illegally, for his personal use.
At its press conference, yesterday, at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition on Hadfield Street, Georgetown, NCN reporter, Olivia Rose, directed a question on the recording to APNU leader, David Granger.
The reporter claimed that Granger in his initial statements, spoke of the loss of public confidence in several Government Ministers, one of them being Nandlall.
“Why hasn’t there been any form of public condemnation from the APNU with regard to the illegal obtaining of a private conversation” between Nandlall and the Kaieteur News reporter, Leonard Gildarie, Rose asked.
Granger politely informed the young woman that the coalition had made a statement on the matter since last week. He then asked Harmon to comment on the “Anil-gate” matter.
Harmon in response to Rose said, “Why NCN keeps going back to this? Why are you trying to create a defence for the Attorney General? He knows what he has done. He has apologized for it. Why are you trying to justify that nonsense?”
The NCN reporter in a follow-up to Harmon’s response asked him whether he is supporting persons obtaining illegal
recordings of private conversations.
Harmon explained that he never made any such utterance. Harmon said that there has been no pronouncement or court ruling on whether the recording was obtained illegally.
The politician said that he believes that the slant taken by the government that the recording was illegally obtained, is merely to seek to defend Nandlall. The government’s position is not based on legal authority.
In light of the glaring fact that there has been no pronouncement that the recording is illegal or legal, Harmon said that it is fair in the “court of public opinion” to then examine the content of the recording.
“We are dealing with the content of what the gentlemen said. And every day right thinking citizens locally and abroad are expressing condemnation for the behaviour of the Attorney General.
“We have to recognize it for what it is and not try to create some kind of a defence when none exists. We cannot create a defense in NCN for him by saying that it is illegal,” the attorney-at-law said.
The APNU politician added that Nandlall, on his own, cannot deem the recording and how it was obtained to be illegal.
In any case, Nandlall never denied the recording nor did he question its validity.
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