Former Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh and former head of NICIL, Winston Brassington, were not present in court on Monday as is requested by the Chief Magistrate to answer to charges of misconduct in public office. The two men are currently out of the jurisdiction.
Appearing for the two men were, Attorneys-at-Law, Stanley Moore, Ronald Burchsmith, Mark Waldron and Sase Gunraj.
The matter is adjourned for May 8, 2018, when a return of summons will be heard.
Both Dr. Singh and Brassington are jointly charged with three offences, the sale of three plot of lands to; National Hardware Ltd, Multicinema Guyana Inc. and Seady Business Corporation, by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU)
The charges 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