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Attorney General sues Kaieteur News over kick-back suggestions in Dem Boy Seh

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall

Attorney General Anil Nandlall on Tuesday secured an injunction against Kaieteur News, restraining the publication of two satirical columns that he said clearly accused him of being involved in kickbacks from Sleep In Hotel.

Chief Justice Ian Chang issued the ex parte injunction pending the serving of additional court documents to support a GUY$30 million lawsuit for the said alleged libelous material.

“The aforesaid libel was calculated to cause and did cause me great public embarrassment, held me up to odium and ridicule and to disparage me as the Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs and Member of Parliament, both nationally and internationally,” he said in court documents released to the media.

The alleged libelous materials were contained in two columns of ‘Dem Boys Seh”. The first was titled Tax Dollars Going to Sleep-In” published on February 28,2014 and the second was March 2, 2014,  in a column styled ““Ah Kneel Deh Pun A Hustle”,

Nandlall said he decided to take legal action because the Editor, Adam Harris and publisher, Glen Lall failed to keep their oral promises to retract the columns subsequent to a written request by his lawyer, Sase Gunraj. He recalled that Permanent Secretary, Indira Anandjit had also dispatched a letter to the newspaper, stating that no money was paid to Sleep In for the hosting of the presentation ceremony of the Revised Laws of Guyana.

Nandlall wants the High Court to award damages in excess of GUY$10 million for libel contained in an article captioned, “Tax Dollars Going to Sleep-In”, published by the Defendants of the issue of Kaieteur News newspaper on the 28th day of February, 2014; damages in excess of GUY$10 million for libel contained in an article captioned, “Ah Kneel Deh Pun A Hustle”, published by the Defendants of the issue of Kaieteur News newspaper on the 2nd day of March, 2014  and aggravated or exemplary damages in excess of GUY$10 million.