Private criminal charges likely for Jagdeo- Williams

Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams has called the charges against two sitting Ministers an abuse of the process of the Court.

He noted on Saturday, that there is no evidence against the two ministers and that the charges are malicious.

Williams quipped that the partisan, political, private criminal charges coming out of Freedom House is a recipe for returning Guyana, to the status of a failed Narco-State as it was under Presidents Jagdeo and Ramotar.

“Fortunately our Constitution has established the Independent Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (D.P.P) imbuing her with total power over all prosecutions whether initiated or undertaken by her or some other authority,” he said.

If charges are initiated by others, the D.P.P. can discontinue them if she so desires, or take them over and continue them, Williams noted.

The AG said that the Office of the D.P.P is invested with powers of quality control over all prosecutions in Guyana and has a proactive duty to patrol the Corridors of Justice to ensure her domain is not polluted by jaundiced interlopers.

There is no comparison between the cases where the D.P.P. charged former Minister Ashni Singh and Brassington, herself after due deliberation, and the private excursion by Edghill and Bharrat uninformed by such examination.

The D.P.P. has been asked by the PPPC M.P. Nandlall to re-consider her charges against Singh and Brassington and the Government would expect no lesser treatment for the charges she did not institute lest the floodgates open to create a festival of private criminal charges even against the Leader of the Opposition, he said.


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