By Kurt Campbell
[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.
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.
“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.