By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – President Donald Ramotar has made it clear that he will take no action against his Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, who the political opposition has called for his resignation following public revelations of a recorded expletive riddled and threatening conversation he had with a senior journalist of the Kaieteur News.
Speaking to iNews this morning [Wednesday, October 29], the Head of State said “the police have to take action, not me” when asked about his intended course of action.
President Ramotar has completely ignored the contents of the conversation, which also implicates him, and defended the Attorney General; saying “clearly what was done to the Attorney General was an illegal act… to record him without telling him.”
The President said Nandlall was not speaking for the public; adding that the laws of the country must be respected in this case.
“He was illegally taped,” the President repeated; adding that “you seem to be missing the point, what was done is illegal, that’s the first thing that we must deal with.”
The government, hours after the tape went public, came to Nandlall’s defence; attacking the daily newspaper – Kaieteur News – whose publisher Glenn Lall and staff the alleged threats were made against.
The government in a statement late Monday evening said the conversation was manipulated and distorted by the National Newspaper.
When asked why the government took this position without first verifying the authenticity of the recording, Ramotar responded: “manipulated because it was taken out of context… what is being done is to take everything out of context, that’s what we are talking about, manipulation.”
He made it clear that the government did not mean to say that the recorded conversation, which has since been handed over to the police, has been ‘doctored’ but is simply not contextual.
Meanwhile, Nandlall who has not denied it was him in the recorded conversation, refused reporters a comment today. He said a statement will be issued later in the day.
The police are yet to comment on their investigation into the matter that has attracted much public outrage.