It appears for the time being that there is a case of miscommunication between the Ministry of Legal Affairs
and the State Asset Recovery Unit (SARU).
It was on Tuesday that SARU head, Dr. Clive Thomas, informed this newspaper that the draft legislation for his department was completed. He even revealed that a copy of the legislation was already made available to the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams.
Dr. Thomas said that the Ministry would be leading the national consultations to be done on the draft legislation, which is critical to the work needed to be effectively carried out by SARU.
However, Williams said yesterday that he is not in possession of the draft legislation for SARU. In fact, he is under the impression that work is still being done on it by the World Bank.
Thomas on the other hand insists that the draft legislation has been completed. He said that much help was provided in this regard by the World Bank and the United Nations.
The SARU Head said that he is elated that the draft legislation for his department is finally completed and more importantly, that it has been given the blessings of international asset recovery and fraud specialists.
The economist hopes that the legislation will be taken to Parliament in a timely manner, at least by August.
“I am happy that this is finally finished. The experts made some extremely useful inputs to the draft legislation in terms of how we are to strengthen our security and how prosecution should be handled. The draft Bill also sees SARU getting the sort of legal backing that it needs when it comes to certain fraud cases.”
Dr. Thomas also expressed sincere appreciation for the help being extended by Mr. Brian Horne, a specialist
from the United Kingdom.
Mr. Horne, who is a Guyanese by birth, has spent most of his life in the United Kingdom. He has worked in more than 22 countries in the field of the recovery of state assets and the successful prosecution of defaulters.
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