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Updated with Audio+Video: High Court blocks Magistrates’ Court hearing of charges against Singh, Brassington

High Court Judge, Franklin Holder Monday morning blocked the Magistrates’ Court from hearing criminal charges of misconduct in public office against former Finance Minister, Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited, Winston Brassington. Defence Lawyer, Anil Nandlal told reporters what the judge decided in the in-chamber proceedings away from the glare of the media ...

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ExxonMobil concession should remain “intact” for strategic border security reasons

Guyana is not eager for ExxonMobil to relinquish any of the 60 blocks on the offshore concession that extends to the borders with Venezuela and Suriname, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. He said the ExxonMobil block should “remain intact” as it had been granted in 1999 because “we believe that the circumstances have not diminished”. Contradicting critics that the handing ...

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Minister David Patterson’s statement on brother’s arrest in Grenada for alleged cocaine trafficking

As 47-year old Derrick Patterson remained on remand in a Grenadian prison pending trial for alleged cocaine trafficking, his brother- Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson- Thursday night said he and his family believed that Derrick must bear “full responsibility” for the alleged crime. “Our position is that Derrick is a matured adult of 47 years and he must bear ...

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Ashni Singh, Brassington in High Court challenge of legality of criminal charges

Former Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Winston Brassington have asked the High Court to throw out charges of misconduct in public office because there is no legal basis. “The common law offence of misconduct in public office cannot be committed where the servant in question is specifically excluded from ...

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Gays, lesbians must leverage votes for scrapping of buggery, cross-dressing laws- GTUC Chief

The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) on Wednesday urged lesbians and gays to use their votes as bargaining chips in elections to get government to scrap discriminatory colonial laws. “As an organised demographic where you are not only citizens but workers and voters, you’re urged to intensify the use if your power to ensure the structural deficiencies in society and ...

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Jagdeo opposes “criminalisation” of free speech in Cyber Crime Bill; erroneously tacks sedition charge on Benschop

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said his party opposes contentious provisions in the Cyber Crime Bill that could clamp down on free speech, hours after Attorney General Basil Williams reiterated that the draft law would be taken back to Cabinet. Williams said he backed Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan’s position that the amendment is necessary to allow government to ...

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