By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall is of the view that Opposition Leader, David Granger is trying to put up a defense because he [Granger] cannot explain to the people of Guyana why he rejected the offer by President Donald Ramotar to pass the Opposition proposed Anti – Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Bill.
President Ramotar recently revealed that he met with Granger on Wednesday (June 18) and offered to pass the AML Bill with the Opposition’s amendments so as to avoid being internationally blacklisted by the Financial Action Task Force. This offer was reportedly rejected by Granger, according to the President.
However, Granger in response to the President stated that nothing was offered and that there was no room for compromise when he met with President Ramotar.
In this regard, Nandall during an interview with iNews noted that Granger is trying to put up a defense.
“They cannot explain to the people of this country why they have rejected a offer to pass this Bill which is their version. It doesn’t seem logical to the ordinary man that they would reject their own Bill. They are now faced with an impossible tasked to explain this to the Guyanese people,” Nandlall said.
Nandlall is of the view that the action of the APNU demonstrates that they never intended to pass the AML Bill.
“Therefore every utterance made publicly on this matter that they want a good Bill and a sound Bill was all false representations and untruths. They were using the AML Bill as a platform to advance other agendas.”
The Attorney General further noted that the APNU is in a grab for governmental power and was using the AML to achieve their planned objectives.