It took almost three months to investigate, and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has finally advised that charges
be brought against Publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall, for an alleged threat he made against Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Khurshid Sattaur.
On Friday, six days after the file was returned to the police, Lall was served with a summons to attend the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court tomorrow to answer a charge of threatening language.
But in a comment to Adam Harris, Editor in Chief of Kaieteur News, Sattaur said that three months after the issue, when things have died down the charge serves nobody’s interest. Coming as it does now, three months later, highlights the incompetence of the situation.
“It will only acerbate the situation.” The Commissioner General was upset over the way the GRA was being dragged into political issues over which he had no control.
“I am happy that the situation has normalized. My lawyers will act in the appropriate manner to suit the situation.”
But Lall is expected to be at two separate courts at the same time, since he is also scheduled to be at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court to answer tax evasion charges.
According to the recent summons which was served at the Publisher’s Saffon Street office by Police Sergeant Nigel Stephens of Brickdam Police Station, Lall is accused of threatening Sattaur contrary to section 141(a) of the Summary Jurisdiction (offences) Act Chapter 18:02.
It is alleged that on Friday August 29 at Plantation Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, Lall made use of “threatening language to Khurshid Sattaur.”
The threatening language charge reportedly stems from a telephone conversation between Lall and Sattaur three months ago.
Following the conversation, the Commissioner General cried foul and complained to the police that Lall had threatened
He went further by going public with his allegations.
Meanwhile, the DPP is presently examining a file prepared by the police on a complaint made by Kaieteur News Publisher Glenn Lall against Attorney General Anil Nandlall.
Lall had complained that the Attorney General, by way of threats made in a recorded telephone conversation, has knowledge of a plan to shoot up the newspaper’s offices.
That file was received by the DPP on Tuesday last and is awaiting her advice.
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