By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Veteran Politician and Alliance for Change (AFC) Executive Member Moses Nagamootoo believes that the attack on the Satirical Magazine in Paris, Charlie Hebdo, mirrors the threats that were made by the country’s Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall against Publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glen Lall and his staff.
Nagamootoo made this comment yesterday (January, 09) as he continues to call for a probe into the threats by the Attorney General.
The recording of a telephone conversation was released by Lall to the Guyana Police Force and the media, where the Minister was heard warning senior Journalist Leonard Gildarie to leave the news outfit before a planned attack is carried out.
The AG later admitted that the voice on the recording was his but said the tape was manipulated. Nagamootoo said the killing of journalists and cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo magazine should serve as a wakeup call for authorities to launch a probe into Nandlall’s threats.
“You know the song Eddie Hooper said take warning, you better do good; Nandlall had given this country a warning that it is possible that you could have terrorist attack on newspapers and that Journalists could be killed and nobody took Nandlall’s warning seriously, they let him off the hook and so we saw today what literally a script written by Nandlall being played out in Paris and whether you say those were Islamic extremists or Islamic fundamentalists or Islamic totalitarians, it’s not very important,” Nagamootoo told members of the media.
When the Minister was asked to respond to Nagamotoo’s comments, he not only brushed it aside but made another controversial statement in the typical Nandlall fashion.
“It serves as a warning,” he laughed adding that, “Well if you cross the road carelessly your life will be struck down by an errand driver,” Nandlall said as he walked away.
After the matter was reported to the police by Lall, it was investigated and the file was sent to the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali – Hack.
However, Hack recommended that no criminal charges be brought against Nandlall. She instead reminded that the matter was a private telephone conversation between the Attorney General and “his personal friend.”
This decision did not set well with Lall who lashed out at Hack. Lall said the DPP’s judgment came as no surprise to him while suggesting that it was politically influenced.