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Nandlall defends govt paying for his law reports: “When I took this job, I took it at a loss of income”; plans to challenge criminal charge in High Court

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall leaving a Georgetown Magistrate Courtroom on April 27, 2017.

Former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall has defended government paying his law reports subscription during his tenure, saying it was to compensate for a loss of income.

“I requested that… and the State granted it because when I took this job, I took it at a loss of income, that I was earning much more and part of the package which I negotiated was the payment of my subscription for the law books,” he said. He argued that the State cannot produce any document showing that it paid for his law books.

Former President Donald Ramotar has already stated that he had approved the State paying for the law report subscription as part of Nandlall’s conditions of service. Presidents and former presidents are immune from prosecution.

Nandlall also said there was nothing wrong with such an arrangement, adding that the State had also paid his electricity and phone bills as well as his subscription fees. “The State can’t take my cellphone because it paid my phone bill. It can’t claim my electrical appliance because they paid my light bills. Similarly, they can’t claim the law books. They have no relationship with the supplier of that law books,” he said.

He was charged with larceny by bailey of 15 Commonwealth Law Reports valued at GYD$2.3 million which he allegedly fraudulently converted to his own use. He was released on his own recognisance – not cash bail- and told to return to court on May 9, 2017.

Nandlall, 44, believed that the charge was politically motivated because he repeatedly criticises his successor, Basil Williams, and exposes what he terms “his incompetence”. “This has nothing to do with the law books. This has a political and a sinister motive,” he told reporters shortly after exiting City Magistrate, Fabayo Azore’s courtroom.

Questioning the logic behind the State spending millions of taxpayers’ monies to prosecute him for law reports now valued at US$2,000, he suggested the most the State could do “is to file a civil claim to recover the monies that they have paid. The State has no connection to those law books either by title or otherwise.”

The former Attorney General said the charge should not have been instituted against him by the Guyana Police Force’s Special Organised Crime Unit should not have been instituted because he has already moved to the Constitutional Court of the High Court to block the seizure of the law reports on several grounds including the deprivation of property.  He said the criminal charge would be challenged in the High Court.

Nandlall appeared to bask in the fact that he was charged. “The fact that they have charged me, they have catapulted me into a line of very illustrious politicians who have all been charged as part of the political struggle,” he said.

  • eddie

    bullshit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if you have a contract stating that was part of the arrangement in you taking the job you should have produce it and this investigation would have ended there, but if it was word of mouth from the previous president it lend credence and muscle to all the accusation that you and the entire administration operate like this was you all personal property

    • Emile_Mervin

      Eddie? Man, you come out blazing with all your guns here! A Guinness with some milk, egg and nutmeg on me next time!

      Par. 2 “He argued that the State cannot produce any document showing that it paid for his law books.”

      Par. 3 “Former President Donald Ramotar has already stated that he had approved the State paying for the law report subscription as part of Nandlall’s conditions of service.”

      CONTRADICTION IN DA HOUSE!

      • rs dasai

        Emile
        Try ‘law books’ and ‘law report subscription’. Big difference.
        Remember the ’50 % salary increase’ to Parliamentarians to ‘encourage’ them not to steal Gvt property?

        • eddie

          you have a point with the raise of pay but it was given and gazette so you see the government is not in the wrong even if it look morally bad unlike these dumb ass that operate as if they will never lose power so this would have never see the light of day, guess what I give this government all credit because they are doing what supporter of the PPP like you that don’t have the guts and balls to do ACCOUNTABILITY and throw these misfit out, they are doing the post mortem for the party. one more thing they still keep mentioning papa cheddie name and I am sure he throw up and spin in his grave every time they do that. I am sure if he get to do it over again he rather pull teeth out than deal with these stink mouth

          • rs dasai

            eddie
            You are sailing in ‘unchartered waters’, be careful with your allegations or the AG and DPP will have a field day. Concentrate on the matter at hand and remember that Cheddie and Forbes are not today relevant.

          • eddie

            hey I call an ace of spade when I see one, I have no horse in this race. who supply the ammunition for this shot to be fired the AG and the former AG are both crook, now if cheddie and burnham is irrelevant why don’t you share that information with your comrade because they don’t share his dream anymore but only use his name for political mileage let the poor man soul rest in peace this corp had surley butcher his ideology

          • rs dasai

            eddie
            exactly why we have to be careful with all of these politicians and hold their feet to the fire.

          • eddie

            that’s what I always do and will not stop because of ethnicity or political affiliation,,, this is our country and we need to see beyond the common pale and stop listening to the noise of all our present politician and hold them accountable whenever they are expose and that goes for the guy that whenever he open his mouth he put his foot in it Harmon he need to address the 5M china trip money

          • rs dasai

            eddie
            The mere fact that harmon said that he was going to China to collect the $$$ tells us that $$$ was not paid and would have been reported by Mr. Goolsarran as ‘collectible’. And if Justice Masssiah and former AG Nandalall were these law reports as perks, let it be as such. Actions speak louder than words.

          • eddie

            I guess I have to spell it out to you, you think I am whipping on your boy Anil but everyone of these politician behave in the same manner until some one new is the government to expose what the other did and in that way this country will remain a cesspool but if we as citizen keep striking back then things will change don’t be afraid if you kind or affiliation that broke the law ( I for one is more piss off at my friend if he stole from me than the regular joe if you get my drift)I will give you something to ponder when do you think the PPP will ever be the party that govern this country again

        • rudeo

          This govt is on ball….we have a CLEAN administration….I know that malicious persons tried to scandalize Dr Nutten and Min Harmony…..and even tried to nasty the names of the Lady in Green and King Kong….all clean brethren….PPP scamps must fade away at the to be reorganized Mazaruni maximum prison…200 000+ to go hide in their holes…let the other 200 000+ enjoy the land of their forefathers

        • Emile_Mervin

          Yep! I took heat for coming out against the premature increase, because while Harmon said it was intended to prevent corruption, he still can’t tell the nation about his trip to China. And all who left private practice to join the government are better off with all the government perks. Don’t believe them with their pay cut lies. Even Jagdeo went from barely enough to way more than enough. Greed, my man!

          • rs dasai

            Emile
            Despite their excuses and explainations, we have to stay vigil and not buckle under pressure and threats.

      • eddie

        I will always call it as I see it and it about time if it them or the present government get call out on the mat when something is not kosher Guyanese need to one day stop been the laughing stock of the world that is been perpetuate on us by these politician that have no moral value and I don’t blame them sometime when we have nose ring as follower

        • Col123

          who’s laughing?… those chaps are, all the way to the bank !

          • eddie

            and who is the gullible ones

          • Col123

            Like I said.. the working stiffs… and that would not change…in Guyana.

          • eddie

            because we all fall for the divide and conquer

      • Muhammad Raoof

        Par. 2 “He argued that the State cannot produce any document showing that it paid for his law books.” = Anil was challenging and making a statement that the State did not pay for his —- LAW BOOKS

        Par. 3 “Former President Donald Ramotar has already stated that he had approved the State paying for the law report subscription as part of Nandlall’s conditions of service.” = The State paid for the reports…

        No CONTRADICTION….He was saying that the State did not pay for ANY of his books……………but Donald has stated that the State paid for the Reports…..

        BOOKS and REPORTS…two different things

    • Col123

      Whether it was personal property or not, the court will decide. The way smart folks would handle this for a win / win… given the political climate… would be to garnish his salary for the said amount… that is how adults handle issues… and I have no dog in this race. The government is talking about ethnic entrapment… but they can continue to close their eyes. Ropes can only go a distance…

      • eddie

        COL, i don’t doubt these charges are political motivated because Anil is a thorn in there side, but who gave them the ammunition to fired this shot it sure not me, concerning the civility that not goanna happen both of them are buddies in the dark and like to be players in the open the simple thing that should have been done here and always when contract is been awarded let it be done the correct way it only lend credence to all the accusation the way they were operating that they was only governing for the chosen few

        • Col123

          Agree with your comment… I think what gets my attention is that hard working folks are left holding the bag with zilch..

          • eddie

            I am an advocate for the Guyanese people and have no loyalty to either party and will call it like it is

  • rs dasai

    Nothing justifies stealing. Not even starvation.

    • Col123

      depends on how you define stealing… and from whom…is picking up a fallen mango lying on the street stealing?…

      • rs dasai

        Col.
        Happy Friday. If you deprive the grass from fertiliser, yes.
        On the other hand, it is cleaning up the street so that someone would not slide on the skin. Double good. lol.

        • Col123

          Then we won’t have any need for health care if no one gets injured… life is complicated… but enjoy…. great weekend ahead ..

  • Muhammad Raoof

    Will be a very interesting case…

  • rs dasai

    Daag
    It is always dem and us and us and dem from both sides and we ‘ the people’ get crushed in the middle.