In less than twenty four hours after arriving in Guyana, Both Dr. Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington were placed on GYD$6 million bail each. Both men decleared their innocence outside the courtroom.
The men were not required to plead to the charges when they were read by Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan in Court 1 on Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Singh told media operatives after the hearing, that he worked in various positions for more than 20 years and that he took the responsibilities very seriously. “I discharged them diligently in accordance with the law at all times and in pursuit of the national interest.”
He maintained that the sale of the lands in which they are being charged were no secret. He is of the opinion that both he and Brassington will be vindicated from the charges. He is questioning the government about the massive corruption which they were speaking about. Both men are expected to return to court on June 5th, 2018, when the matter will be heard summarily.
Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall noted that there is no reason why the men who served the country with distinction should be treated in such a “dehumanizing” manner. He further noted that the charges were made to embarrass them. He further noted that “today is for someone but tomorrow may not be the same.”