High Court Judge, Justice Franklin Holder, is expected to make a ruling on Monday into an application to have an interim stay of proceedings of charges against Dr. Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).
On Wednesday, the matter went before the judge in camera. Representing the duo are Attorney at Law, Anil Nandlall and a battery of Lawyers, while Lawyers from the Attorney General’s Chambers, Kim Kyte and others, represented the state. Arguments lasted some three to four hours, when both sides presented their arguments. The judge then set a date for his rulings. Nandlall and team argued that the charges have no validity and the state argued against same.
The charges against the duo states that Dr. Singh while performing duties as Minister of Finance and Chairman of NICIL and Winston Brassington, while performing duties as CEO of NICIL back in December 2009, sold to; National Hardware Guyana Ltd. a track of land at Liliendaal, Pattensen and Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara, for $598,659,398; on May 14th 2011, they sold to Multicinema Guyana Inc. a track of land at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara, for $185,037,000 and on December 30th, 2008, they sold to Seady Business Corporation, a track of land at Liliendaal, East Coast Demerara, for $340,000,000, without a valuation from a valuation officer for the said lands.
The two men were asked to report to SOCU headquarters to answer questions on the sale of lands at Prado Ville 2 among others.