By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The management of Kaieteur News has suspended one of its senior journalists, Leonard Gildarie, allegedly over the recorded telephone conversation between himself and that believed to be the country’s Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Anil Nandall, who is accused of threatening the lives of the publisher and staff of the newspaper.
When contacted by iNews last evening (Monday, October 27), Publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall confirmed that Gildarie was suspended, but refused to reveal the reason for his suspension.
“It is a private matter,” Lall told iNews. Several attempts made by iNews to contact Gildarie proved futile last evening. However, multiple sources close to both Gildarie and Lall confirmed that the senior journalist is accused of snitching to the Attorney General confidential information from investigations that the newspaper would have obtained against the government.
In the recorded telephone conversation, a voice purported to be that of Nandall repeatedly asked the journalist to reveal the identity of his female colleague who was part of the Kaieteur News team that interviewed a relative of Nandall as it relates to the importation of a vehicle under Guyana’s re – migrant scheme.
In response, Gildarie said, “me gun tell you, ah can’t tell you on the phone man oh sk%%t you wan f%$k me up.”
The voice, alleged to be that of Nandall, then said, “whaaam glen nah a tap me phone man he nah got dem technology.”
Gildarie in his response noted, “no no man, nah do dah, dem got people.”
In the recording, the voice alleged to be that of the Attorney General, also offered Gildarie a job with a more handsome salary than the Kaieteur News; telling him to send a proposal.
In response, Gildarie said he will need to discuss it with his wife. Lall has since filed an official complaint to the Guyana Police and provided a copy of the full recording between his reporter and the Attorney General, since he believes that his life and that of his staff are under threat.