By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – In his first public statement since the taped telephone conversation between himself and the country’s Attorney General (Anil Nandlall), senior Kaieteur News Journalist, Leonard Gildarie has expressed fear for his safety and that of his family.
In his statement, Gildarie said that his safety concerns arose following developments over the impartiality of “any probe, for a number of reasons.”
The Journalist said, “On the advice of my legal counsel, I am restrained from commenting on the details. However, I am not restrained from EXPRESSING DEEP FEARS FOR MY SAFETY AND THAT OF MY FAMILY.”
He debunked reports in one government aligned newspaper that he is on the run from the police.
“On the contrary, over the week I have been in contact with police officers, including Mr. Kingston from Brickdam. As a matter of fact, the said officer even called me on a phone number that belonged to a family member, strange enough. I had indicated to him that a written statement is being prepared.
“Much to my surprise, they issued a statement Thursday that I am showing reluctance to make contact. On Friday, I delivered a written statement to the Police and again today, Saturday, I was present with my lawyer in which the police had some additional questions. We are in the processing of submitting the answers,” Gildarie said.
Nandlall, who is also the country’s Legal Affairs Minister, is accused of threatening the lives of the newspaper’s Publisher, Glenn Lall and his staff.
The AG has since admitted to the recorded conversation and recently told the Government Information Agency that it was a private conversation that was not meant for the public’s ears.
Hours after the recording went viral, the Guyana government came out in full defence of Nandlall and attacked the newspaper for “illegally recording” him.
Nandlall filed a $30M lawsuit against the Kaieteur News for libel contained in an article published on October 28 titled “Attorney General reveals plan to hit Glenn Lall, Kaieteur News”.