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PPP appeals High Court’s decision on GECOM Chairman’s appointment

Three days after the High Court ruled that the President of Guyana can rightfully ignore the Opposition Leader’s nominees for the post of Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Monday filed an appeal, saying that decision was wrong on several grounds. PPP Executive Secretary, Zulficar Mustapha, through his battery of lawyers, wants the ...

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High Court judge stays fraud charges against former GRDB Deputy GM after SOCU produces obscured report

High Court Judge, Navindra Singh on Monday quashed fraud-related charges against former Deputy General Manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Madanlall Ramraj. Defence Lawyer, Anil Nandlall emerged from an in-chamber hearing with the judge to whom he showed the heavily obscured contents of the report titled “Guyana Rice Development Board Forensic Audit Report for the period November 1, ...

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Driver, conductor of overloaded minibus convicted

A minibus driver and conductor on Friday pleaded guilty to a string of offences after police nabbed them in response to a Facebook video that showed the vehicle was overloaded with schoolchildren. A Guyana Police Force spokesman said the driver, Leon Jaggernaught, 38 of Laluni Highway and conductor Joshua Khan, 22, of 560 Golden Grove East Bank Demerara pleaded guilty ...

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PPP failed to prove GECOM Chairman is PNCR-aligned; Court cannot order President to pick an Opposition Leader’s nominee- Chief Justice

The High Court on Friday discarded all of People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Executive Secretary, Zulficar Mustapha’s grounds to scrap the appointment of Retired Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), including one that he was a pallbearer of People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Leader Desmond Hoyte. Mustapha, through his lawyer Anil Nandlall, had stated that Justice ...

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High Court rules GECOM Chairman’s appointment ‘fit and proper’

Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire on Friday ruled that President David Granger was constitutionally right to appoint Retires Justice James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). She said the President enjoyed the constitutional right to reject the entire list and appoint someone from the judicial category. In handing down her decision on a case brought by Executive Secretary ...

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‘Otisha’ charged with sexual offence

Homosexual¬† and outspoken gay rights activist, Otis “Otisha” Pearson was Friday charged with a sexual offence he allegedly committed last year on a teenage boy. The forty-year old Pearson of 61 Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown was not required to plea to the indictable charge. City Magistrate, Leron Daly granted Pearson GY$300,000 bail and ordered that he return to court om ...

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Bar Association calls for “speedy” activation of Judicial Review Act, despite Attorney General’s objections

The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) on Thursday urged the Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams to heed an order by Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire to activate the Judicial Review Act, a move that could pave the way for ordinary citizens to seek redress against the State easily. “The implementation of the Judicial Review Act is of vital importance to good ...

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Attorney General Williams questions Chief Justice’s order to activate Judicial Review Act; Nandlall ready for appeal courts

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams and Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall- the man he took over from in 2015- may soon battle at the Guyana Court of Appeal over whether the High Court enjoys the right to order the Executive to activate the Judicial Review Act. Williams wants more time to hold consultations and possibly amend the Act ...

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Lawyers wrangle at Court of Appeal over urgency of oil contract case

The Court of Appeal on Tuesday began hearing arguments, though not yet substantive, on the High Court’s decision to throw out a case over whether oil companies- Hess and Nexen- are parties to the environmental permit granted to a local subsidiary of ExxonMobil to search for and extract oil offshore Guyana. Tuesday’s hearing’s centered over a request by applicant, Ramon ...

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