Anil tape Scandal: Calls mounted for Minister Nandlall to resign

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By Kurt Campbell

Opposition Leader, David Granger. [iNews' Photo]
Opposition Leader, David Granger. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – At least two members of the Parliamentary Political Opposition have called for Attorney General, Anil Nandlall to demit office to allow for a full and unhindered police investigation into the “deadly” threats he allegedly made against Publisher of the local daily Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall and his staff.

Opposition Leader David Granger, in an exclusive interview with iNews today, expressed the belief that it would be reasonable for President Donald Ramotar to call on the Minister to resign from office to allow for an impartial inquiry.

Yesterday, an almost 20 minute recording between the Attorney General and a Senior Journalist went public and was handed over to the Deputy Police Commissioner by Lall, who has interpreted the contents as deadly threats.

“It is serious for the Chief Legal Advisor to be involved insomething like this and in order to assure the public that there is transparency, he [the President] should ask the Attorney General to step down to allow for an investigation to be conducted,” Granger told iNews.

He said however, that if it is proven that Nandlall has not done anything wrong, he can be reinstated.

Meanwhile, Attorney – at – Law and Opposition Parliamentarian, Joseph Harmon says the AG should not be called upon to step down, instead he [Nandlall] should recognize that what is contained in the recording is damaging and dangerous to both himself and his office and should step aside voluntarily.

“If he does things that bring his office into disrepute he should step aside and allow for a full investigation to take place,” Harmon said; adding that “he should remove himself from office so that he does not exert that type of overwhelming influence which he can bring to bear on a police investigation,” Harmon told iNews.

Attorney - at - Law and Opposition Parliamentarian, Joseph Harmon. [iNews' Photo]
Attorney – at – Law and Opposition Parliamentarian, Joseph Harmon. [iNews’ Photo]
Additionally, Granger boldly noted that he stands on the side of the free press and supports Kaieteur News in terms of its ability to do investigative journalism.

He said while he does not have all the facts and is yet to listen to the full recording; it must be taken into account that with technology, communication and information can be manipulated.

“Things could be left out and things put in,” the Opposition Leader said.

The government in defending Nandlall claimed that the recording was a despicable act by the national newspaper where it distorted and manipulated a private conversation of the Minister.

Granger along with Harmon maintains that the matter should be subject to a full and proper police investigation.

Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.
Attorney General, Anil Nandlall.

“Once confirmed there was wrong doing I would like us to go the legal way, but I don’t want to speculate let’s see where the course of justice goes,” Granger said.

Harmon said the recording has made damning revelations, which the AG is yet to deny making.

“When u are public officer and Minister, you can’t hide behindthe cloak of being a private citizen and having a private conversation… you hold a public office and therefore all your statements and comments must be dealt with in that manner,” he added.

Harmon believes what Nandlall has said must be seen as a representation of the government’s policy.

 

10 COMMENTS

  1. Mediocrity in journalism, as in everything else in this sorry land! KN jusmp the gun here. Adam Harris ought to have been given an opportunity to retain a legal consultant, ordered a front page detaied story on the “alleged threts,” toyed with the AG’s honesty, and DO NOT GO PUBLIC WITH THE RECORDINGS. The recording should have been kept secret and confidential; and the media would have accommodated the AG’s setting himself ablaze. This zest to go public so very soon with the recording, regertably, has doussed the flame with retardant.

  2. It’s time for this Government to go. And by any means. What a disgrace to this wonderful country of ours and to our people.

  3. I do not care about the problems between the minister and lall,the part I see most disgusting is his sexual thinking to that female reporter,i think all women of Guyana should speak out about this,using his office to buy sex.This guy should leave office,he is a big disgrace to Guyana,when a gov. official can be thinking about our women like this,what about the rest of the world.

    inti

  4. we have the technology to manipulate and distort a taped conversation. similarly we have the technology to detect whether the conversation has been manipulated and distorted or not. the police should use this technology to find out whether this happened or not and deal with the culprits.

  5. two standards
    one for PNCites to enjoy freebees and make Georgetown stink like a skunk.

    the other

    and the rest of people have to pay for Linden electricity bills.

  6. We will all agree that the news paper is not a tool to be used for any and everything, its for the news, Guyana is in a very bad state of GREED, Criminals,Drug killers
    ,and very nasty politicians, the meaning of that word is simple POLI,,,is the people in charge,,and TICIANS,,is the very ticks sucking the country and people blood,,its a shame such a nice country and great people just cant live life

  7. Heresay, spies and distortion!
    When a shooter was shooting up congress place with a real gun, why Mr Granger not resign for a full investigation?
    Mr Granger is defending Mr Lall who has some pending issues with the Government. This is very convenient would you not say?

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