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State to appeal dismissal of GY$600 million larceny charge against Jennifer Westford, Margaret Cummings

The State has signaled its intention to appeal the dismissal of a GY$600 million larceny charge against  former Public Service Minister, Dr. Jennifer Westford and her Administrative Assistant, Margaret Cummings. “The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) wishes to advise that a Notice of Appeal was filed in the Guyana Court of Appeal on August 30, 2018,” the ...

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Decision to scrap jail terms for marijuana possession for personal use welcomed; tough laws needed to punish prison staff for drug trafficking- Prisons Director

Even as more prison guards and civilians are being busted for smuggling marijuana into the jails, Director of the Guyana Prison Service, Gladwin Samuels has welcomed government’s decision to scrap jail terms for the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. At the same time, Samuels is recommending that tough legislation be put in place to specifically punish ...

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Mother jailed pending trial for murder of three-year old son

The woman, who allegedly stabbed to death her three-year old son, was Wednesday arraigned on a charge of murder. Twenty-six year old Pat Brenda Ferreira was not required to plea to the indictable charge. The pregnant woman was remanded to prison until September 12, 2018 by Cove and John Magistrate, Peter Hugh. A preliminary inquiry would eventually be held to ...

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New order issued to activate Judicial Review Act in keeping with Chief Justice’s order

Twelve days after issuing a  commencement order for the Judicial Review Act (JRA) from January 1, 2019 a new order has been issued to instead activate that law from July 31, 2018 in keeping with the Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire’s order. The order was published in the Official Gazette states that the previous order issued on August 15, 2018, which ...

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Junior Finance Minister wants to advise on corruption charges; calls for appeal of Jennifer Westford’s GY$600 million larceny charge

Junior Finance Minister, Jaipaul Sharma has criticised police investigators and legal experts for instituting the wrong charge against former Public Service Minister, Dr. Jennifer Westford and her Administrative Officer, Margaret Cummings who were freed of a GY$600 million charge of larceny by public officer. Speaking on Saturday’s edition of Voice of the People on his television station, CNSTV6, Sharma urged ...

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‘Guyana Airways Corp. Inc.’ plans to take legal action over use of name

Legal action is likely to be taken against government for removing the privately-owned Guyana Airways Corporation Inc. (GAC) from the Companies Register two years after the entity was duly registered because the name is identical to two previous companies. “Every entity had an opportunity to object to the name, Guyana Airways Corporation Inc; within that six-month period after we received ...

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BREAKING: Jennifer Westford, Margaret Cummings freed of stealing GY$600 million

Former Minister of Public Service, Jennifer Westford and her Administrative Assistant Margaret Cummings were Friday afternoon freed from a charge of larceny of GY$639,420,000 by a public officer. Principal Magistrate, Judy Latchman said the charge of 24 counts of larceny by a public officer was “bad in law” because, according to Guyana’s constitution, Westford, as a government minister, was not ...

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Attorney General finally activates Judicial Review Act

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams has ordered the activation of the Judicial Review Act. (JRA) from January 1, 2019, even as his immediate predecessor, Anil Nandlall, was preparing to seek a High Court order to jail him for contempt of court. The commencement order was issued on August 15, 2018 and gazetted on August 16, the ...

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Anil Nandlall asks High Court to order imprisonment of Attorney General Basil Williams

Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall wants the High Court to order the imprisonment of Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams for failing to comply with Chief Justice, Roxane George-Wiltshire’s order that he must activate the Judicial Review Act. Nandlall is asking the High Court to order that Williams “be committed to Georgetown Prisons, Camp Street, Georgetown for such period ...

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Attorney General must activate Judicial Review Act pending appeal, not engage in “frustration and obstruction” of parliament

The Guyana Court of Appeal on Thursday dismissed Attorney General, Basil Williams’  request for a stay of execution of a High Court order that compels him to activate the Judicial Review Act (JRA) saying that he appeared bent on frustrating and obstructing people from accessing a wider array of legal remedies for the first time. “I hold that the Applicant ...

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