By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of State, Donald Ramotar has finally cleared himself after being implicated in the infamous telephone conversation between his Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandlall and senior Journalist of the Kaieteur News, Leonard Gildarie.
The President told reporters at a press conference on Friday, November 14 that he never had any discussions with Bhena Lall, who is the wife of Publisher of the newspaper, Glenn Lall.
President Ramotar’s response is in total contrast to what his Attorney General said in the taped conversation which was made public by the newspaper some three weeks ago.
The President made it clear that he never discussed the tax charges with Mrs Lall, as was implied by Nandlall, who has since admitted to the taped conversation.
“I can tell you now that I never had any discussion with her relating to any tax issues. That was what was implied, that was what was said, and that’s the interpretation that came out of that…but we did not speak,” President Ramotar said.
He admitted that he knows Mrs Lall and would speak with her but not on any tax related matter.
Glenn Lall and his wife were recently charged for evading taxes. They are accused of knowingly dealing with goods with intent to defraud the State and evaded taxes that was payable to customs. They were placed on self bail.
However, in the 19 minute profanity laced recording, Nandlall said: “I already, I sent a message already and I…Bhena has been in contact with the President, they are very close, right but Glenn is not keeping up his end of the bargain, the things them that Bhena spoke, they work out an arrangement.”
Meanwhile, despite this, the President is still standing in strong support of his Attorney General, given the fact that hours after the recording went viral; the government issued a statement in Nandlall’s defence.
Government is of the view that the recording was taken out of context and was manipulated. Cabinet Secretary, Dr Roger Luncheon has since announced that the recording will be sent overseas for authentication, while a police investigation is still underway.