[www.inewsguyana.com] – Attorney – at – Law, James Bond is being heavily criticized by the ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) for representing self-confessed drug trafficking, Leonard Bacchus, who was recently given a five year suspended sentenced by Magistrate, Alex Moore.
The PPP in a statement yesterday (Thursday, November 27) called out the main Opposition – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – of which Bond is a Member and Parliamentarian, to “walk the walk when it comes to the issue of drug trafficking in Guyana.”
According to the PPP, the APNU leader, David Granger, has on several occasions in the past described Guyana as a narco-state and chastised government for not doing enough to tackle the issue of drug trafficking.
“However, it was only last week a senior member and Member of Parliament representing Mr. Granger’s Party, Attorney – at – Law, James Bond, represented a confessed drug dealer, who he managed to secure a suspended sentence for.
“This is kind of hypocrisy by the opposition and this action is another indication of how disingenuous the opposition can be. While Mr. Bond was not representing the APNU in the trial, the fact of the matter is he represents a political party which time and again sought to give the public the impression it is serious about tackling the drug trade,” the PPP noted in its statement.
The Party questioned: “Is the opposition really helping to fight crime and drug trafficking in Guyana? The answer is a clear NO because were they serious then Mr. Bond would not have represented a man who confessed to being in possession of drugs.”
The PPP continued its diatribe by reiterating accusations that the APNU “had always been in bed with the criminal underworld.”
The ruling Party reminded that Granger was photographed in the Company of “gun-toting bandit Kevin Fields, during the funeral of a criminal killed by police.”
The funeral the PPP referred to is that of Shaquille Grant, who was shot and killed in 2012 by the Police while he was hanging out with some friends in a relative’s yard in Agricola, East Bank Demerara.
Three police officers were charged for his death, two of them remain on the run. It should be noted that Grant was never charged for any crime and had no criminal record nor was he linked to any criminal activity when he was gunned down by the Police on September 11, 2012.
Fields on the other hand, was shot and killed following a robbery. Fields was in a photograph at the 2012 funeral of Grant while Granger was consoling Grant’s mother.