[www.inewsguyana.com] – Attorney General, Anil Nandlall has accused Opposition Parliamentarian and Attorney – at – Law Basil Williams of having a sinister plot to undermine the integrity of the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry (COI).
According to the AG, Williams’s recent criticisms are least surprising, expressing the belief that it has been the agenda of Williams and his Party – the People’s National Congress (PNC) – even before the Commission was established.
“I feel compelled to respond to the allegations made by Basil Williams, published in a letter in the Stabroek News.The contention this time is that the extension of the life of the Commission is improper and unlawful,” Nandlall pointed out.
To this end he said “In that contention, Mr. Williams is hopelessly wrong.”
He explained that on June 23, before the commencement of the third sitting of the Commission, the President sent a letter to the Chairman extending the life of the Commission until September, 30th 2014.
He said that it was well within the power of the President to do so as he pointed to sections of the constitution to support this reasoning.
According to Williams, President Donald Ramotar was attempting to subsequently legitimize the work done by the COI on the 23rd June, via Gazette publication on the 24th June 2014, adding that the Head of State has no such power.
“A simple reading of the relevant sections of the Commissions of Inquiry Act and the Interpretation and General Clauses Act would have saved Mr. Williams from much embarrassment,” Nandlall added.
He concluded that Williams not only intends to mislead the public but also to disparage the integrity of the Commission.
“I can only surmise that they realized that they would not be able to deal with the evidence that was likely to emerge and in fact is emerging from the Commission. From the outset, they attacked the Terms of Reference. That failed. They next challenged the integrity of Commissioner SeenathJairam, SC. That failed. Then they attacked the integrity of the Chairman Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC. That failed. They next attacked the procedure employed by the Commission and the quality of evidence adduced thereof. That also failed. These new allegations by Mr. Williams are obviously their next line of attack.”