– urges DPP to review evidence and decision
Though Director Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, advised that based on the recorded conversation between Attorney General (AG), Anil Nandlall and Kaieteur News reporter, Leonard Gildarie, there is no evidence to charge Nandlall, Alliance For Change (AFC) Leader, Khemraj Ramjattan posits otherwise.
Ramjattan believes that there is enough incriminating evidence to charge Nandlall under the Terrorist Act.
Ramjattan noted that his party observed in the daily newspapers, the guidance rendered by the DPP on the Nandlall case to the Guyana Police Force.
He then reminded that the AFC is aware that in 2002 the PPP Government, who then enjoyed a majority in Parliament, passed an amendment to the Criminal Law Offences Act to create a new offence of terrorism.
The lawyer said that the new offence, Section 309 A (a), says that, “Whoever with intent to strike terror in any section of the people does any act or thing by using firearms or lethal weapons in such a manner as to cause or likely to cause death or injuries to any person or persons …commits a terrorist act.”
Section 309 A(s) then goes on to state, “Whoever advocates, aids and abets, advises or incites or knowingly facilitates the commission or, a terrorist act or any act preparatory to a terrorist act commits an offence.”
On this premise, Ramjattan reminded that the Attorney General has confirmed that he did utter the statements in his conversation with the said journalist. He then recalled some of Nandlall’s damning statements which he believed served as a substantial basis for the Minister of Legal Affairs to be charged under the said Act.
Nandlall had said in the recorded conversation, “There is a simpler way of dealing with this situation you know. I tell Glenn already. He knows I have capacity and I know his. I don’t have to go Court every day and issue press statements, I don’t have to resort to those methods…there are far more effective measures to which I can resort.”
He had also stated, “My first advice to you is that you should move out of there… it is a dangerous f**king place to work, is a dangerous place…I am telling you, read between the lines this thing not going to go on for long, people not going to tek this thing just so. Is a lot of powerful people that this man.”
“Somebody gun go into Kaieteur, you see everybody nah gat as I told Adam today I said Adam, everybody doesn’t have a newspaper to use as a weapon. I told Adam, I said Adam people got weapons right, is not newspaper they gonna use as a weapon, they got weapons and when you continue attack people like that and they have no way of responding they gun just walk with their weapon into that same f**ing Saffon street office and wha come suh do and innocent, Peter gun gah pay fuh f**king Paul in deh one day. Me a tell you honestly, man to man, that will happen soon.”
Ramjattan then said that in the light of the clear unambiguous statements of the Attorney General about the existence of intended acts of terror against a national newspaper and its owner, such intention all the more corroborated when he is giving a warning to Gildharie to remove from there, and his clear advocacy and incitement of the specific terrorist activity, it is difficult to appreciate the context in which the Director of Public Prosecutions offered the advice to the Commissioner of Police as she did.
“Especially in the context of a history where this newspaper had five of its staff members brutally killed some time before,” he added.
The AFC Leader urged that the Director of Public Prosecutions revisit the examination of the evidence in light of the provisions of Section 309 A of the Criminal Law Offences Act.
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