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AG Williams denies making death threats …to sue K/News, Guyana Times over libelous reports


by Gary Eleazar

Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall and current Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams.

Attorney General and Minster of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams, has denied ever threatening to kill a sitting Judge—Justice Franklin Holder—and has threatened to sue daily newspapers Guyana Times and Kaieteur News for ‘grievous libel,’ over the reports.

Williams made the charges today (March 24, 2017) when he appeared for an impromptu press conference billed as urgent, in the National Communications Network (NCN) studio’s and broadcast live.

Williams was at the time responding to the reportage in the two daily publications in their March 24, 2017 editions which stated that he threatened the sitting Judge who was then forced to leave the bench without ever formally adjourning the matter.

According to the reports which has since sparked widespread public condemnation, Attorney General Williams purportedly told Justice Franklin, “the last Magistrate who did that to me was later found dead… and I am saying so… that the last Magistrate who did this to me was found dead.”

Nandlall and Williams were at the time cross-examining a witness in the trial involving Carvil Duncan who was sacked from ………

Williams in his defence today at the ‘urgent’ press conference said Justice Holder was about the leave the bench when he (Williams) inquired—speaking Latin— and “asked out of excessive caution if the answer was recorded.”
He was speaking to the witness’ testimony regarding the receipt of a correspondence from the Office of the Prime Minister, Moses Nagamootoo and whether her answer had been recorded by the court.

The Attorney General in giving his version of events of what transpired during the court hearing said the Judge at that point told him “Mr. Williams, you not in charge of my court and I said no sir not me but that safely could be said of (Anil) Nandlall who trying to control court.”

Williams in his explanation of what transpired said the banter at the time had reminded him of a similar incident—albeit over examinations—that occurred between himself and his classmate who was then a Magistrate that cited him for contempt some years ago—a Magistrate colleague who is now incidentally dead.

The Attorney General told reporters in the NCN studio that said he was of the opinion that the Judge leaving the bench when he made an enquiry.

According to Williams, the fact that a date had not been set for the next hearing is not out of the ordinary.
The recently silked Senior Counsel, went on to explain that this formality is routinely done by clerks at a subsequent time by way of correspondence.

He told reporters, at no time was the Judge threatened nor should he have felt threatened nor has he reported being threatened.

Media Disrespect
Turning his attention to the media and its reportage over the courtroom incident that occurred yesterday (March 23, 2017), Williams said it was an attack on his office and by extension the government along with his character, which is being besmirched.

The Attorney General said he is going to make good on his threats to pursue legal action against the media houses and that he would have been preparing a dossier over the years documenting false and spurious allegations for which the publications will be faced with having pay ‘Exemplary Damages’ for libel.

“Did the newspaper approach the judge to get confirmation whether he was threatened or not,” Williams questioned, and reported that he has since not seen Justice Holder.

The Attorney General said too, both Guyana Times and Kaieteur News have in the past been given fair warning but, “I am not going to encourage persons to come and attack me in that way in the way.”
According to Williams, he has already been in consultation with several Attorneys-at-Law over a response to the newspapers and that “we will have to take it to the court.”

Nandlall replies

However, late Friday Mr. Nandlall insisted that his account is factual.

“His (Williams’) reckless utterances to Justice Holder was witnessed by at least two State Counsel of the AG’s Chambers, whom I have no doubt he will either force to remain silent, or lie for him, Carvil Duncan, Carvil Duncan’s Confidential Secretary, Diana Persaud, Rajendra Jaigobin, Attorney-at-Law, members of the press, two Marshalls of the High Court, my Personal Assistant Shivun Hutson, and a few persons who are unknown to me. These persons were all in the Court.

Yet, Mr. Williams bare-facedly denies that he made the statements published by the press, which caused the Honourable Justice Holder to walk off the Bench in disgust and possibly fear, without adjourning the matter. In his characteristic style, Mr. Williams desperately tries to blame me for the morass in which he now finds himself and dishonestly accuses me of causing the Judge to walk off the Bench,” said Nandlall.

Under the Influence
The Attorney General also used the occasion to castigate his predecessor Anil Nandlall questioning whether he was under the influence of something given his incessant disruptions during the hours of court proceeding.

Williams SC, during his press engagement disclosed that following the exchange between himself and Justice Holder, “Nandlall jump in and stated in usual style as though he was under the influence of something interrupting the Judge from leaving the bench.”

Lashing out at his predecessor, Nandlall who appeared as Counsel for Duncan, the Attorney General and Minister and Legal Affairs said he is in fact concerned that was allowed to dominate the court session for the entirety of the morning session of hearing.

“I am very concerned that for an entire session from 9:15 (hrs) to 12:00 (hrs) Nandlall had been disturbing the court incessantly.”


  • rudeo

    Are the clowns who form this PNC govt really for real?…..Every day is a new development …albeit in the most negative direction…particularly this character….soldier boy’s image must be at an all-time low with these shenanigans …. is his cupboard so bare that he cannot sweep these miscreants out?

  • Emile_Mervin

    The former AG threatened to have people shoot up Kaieteur News office. The current AG threatens a sitting judge. What’s next?

    • rudeo


    • rs dasai

      Let us get some proof of the two happenings and get JB to prosecute. what say you ?

    • OldDaag

      You are as RACIST as your comments speaks for itself the majority of times you blog….SO ANIL wrong compensate for BASIL WRONG?….get a life and point out the facts here….BASIL is a TYPICAL PNC BULLY….does the Guyanese need BULLY to rule them? The fact that he is giving an EXAMPLE of a PAST incident -shows he is making references to scare the JUDGE which at NO POINT he can justify for using such an example….It is PEOPLE like you who is making the economy slide under HAITI making Guyana the world poorest nation….in case you do not know how to use GOOGLE.COM and check stats, ask SIRI for help….While you are in the process, ask your fareless LEADER to stop using HELLO MOTO Flip phone and start using a real smart PHONE….in case it is too complicated for his OLD brain, use tax payer dollars and educate him…..Guyana economy will survive on Cassava BREAD and PLANTAIN CHIPS for revival and wait for OIL MONEY while the PEOPLE catch white MOUTH? – This is why the ABC countries are out smarting the dumb and the dumber to make the dollar value DROP- So OIL will be dirt cheap for them to buy….ask the PASTOR while you are at it to show the public his RESUME and skills for the management position he is placed into…AND YEA ask VOLGA Lewerence to answer about eh 605M she had a free pass for… her payment for the RED HOUSE fiasco….or ask SOJA bai why he FIRE carl singh as “AGE” being the good reason when his BUDDY CLIVE TOMAS is 85 and still operational….HMMM Was WIKI LEAK spot on that we return to a RACIST dictator?

  • Gtloyal

    If the statement uttered by the AG is based on an event that actually happened, where the person died from a natural death, why the big fuss? Was he ever charged for killing the person he was referring to? Are anecdotes prohibited?
    This is a barefaced effort by a desperate Nandall to create unnecessary problems and hamper the output of the government. This just goes to show the lowness of this individual who himself, is on record threatening to kill members of the staff of KN when he was the AG.

    • Col123

      GT: Two wrongs would make it right argument…the animal instincts we see daily… and then there is church Sunday for forgiveness

      • Gtloyal

        Pythagoras said that
        “The soul of man is divided into three parts, intelligence, reason, and passion. Intelligence and passion are possessed by other animals, but reason by man alone.” Looks like some don’t see the need to reason, that is, if they possess such quality.
        “… church Sunday for forgiveness …” is for Christians. Some here offend and seek no forgiveness, for their beliefs are other ….

        • Col123

          Hey .. the soul in us is a speck of the supreme soul which is God…some sinner said that…Pythagoras came up with some copied ideas… some plagiarized from Zoroastrian and old Persian philosophy. you reading too much feddie with his greek myths

          • Gtloyal

            I like your acceptance of God as the Supreme Soul. It was He who said (and I won’t quote from the KJV but the Easy English Version so all may understand): “1  Everyone must obey the government. Nobody has authority to rule unless God has given it to them. It is God who has given authority to those people to rule now.
            2  God has chosen to give authority to the government. So, if a person refuses to obey the government, he is also refusing to obey God. And anyone who does that will cause God to *punish them.”
            That’s Romans 13. You can read the rest, maybe on your favorite version, and let your team know.

          • Col123

            Definition GT… it comes down to definition and beliefs….and I have a lot of issues with the KJ version….. have a great W/E.

          • Gtloyal

            You too. And clarify those issues asap.

  • D lash

    I am totally in agreement with your assessment.

  • vatvic

    Ahemn… Methinks thou art a wee bit too hard on gentle Emile

  • Col123

    Them newspapers are now conjuring up a lot of stuff leggy…. you forget that you live in a contemporary society, where the news rhetoric is now bothering you to the point, where you’re eating your own…regardless if the reports are fallacious or not….. Don’t be alarmed, you are with the group of folks who would work for cheap… you said so yourself…and them boys with the 50 % enjoying the good life… and you whining about the news!…so…just suck up the scraps boy….

  • Gtloyal

    Speaking about threats on tape: what were those that were threatened at KN planning? Were they an “obstacle in his way” or were they in the way of some other “innocent lady with drugs”?
    I ain’t no rocket scientist so maybe you can tell us.