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High Court temporarily blocks SOCU from seizing law books in Nandlall’s possession

The High Court on Tuesday blocked Guyanese police from seizing several lawbooks from former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall after he moved to the courts to prove that the reading material is his personal property.

He said in court documents that he opted for legal recourse after agents of the Guyana Police Force’s SOCU questioned him Monday and threatened to enter his premises to seize the 15 Commonwealth Law books. “The Applicant was informed by officers of the Special Organized Crime Unit of the Ministry of the Presidency and do verily that they intend to raid his home to seize and detain the said Commonwealth Law Reports which are the subject of these proceedings,” his lawyers said in court document. They also said Nandlall feared that his fundamental right not to be deprived of property is or likely to be contravened without the prompt payment of adequate compensation.

The order was granted by Chief Justice, Roxanne George after she perused the application and accompanying documents including an agreement that Nandlall said he had struck with then President Donald Ramotar for government to take over his personal subscription to Lexis Nexis.

In an exhibit submitted to bolster his case Nandlally included a letter that former President Donald Ramotar wrote the Auditor General of Guyana on November 16, 2015 stating that “I hereby confirm that as part of his conditions of service as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, it was agreed that the Government of Guyana, through the Ministry of Legal Affairs, will assume and continue the payment of certain subscriptions for Mr. Mohabir Anil Nandlall, for professional books and journals which were in existence prior to his appointment.”

The Conservatory Order states that an “interim Conservatory Order be and is hereby granted preventing and/or restraining officers and/or agents from the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) and/or the Guyana Police Force of the State of Guyana from seizing and/or detaining the property of the Applicant, that is, fifteen (15) Commonwealth Law Reports for the years 2012 to May, 2015, in the possession of the Applicant.”

The Guyana Police Force has 14 days within which to apply for the order to be varied or set aside.

Attorney-at-Law, Manoj Narayan said he moved to the court without notice because Nandlall has been given no prior notice by the officers, servants and/or agents of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) or any other investigative arm of the State of Guyana of its intention to either investigate him about the Commonwealth Law Reports or the seizure, detention and/or confiscation of those items. The lawyer said the his client only discovered on the morning of the 24th of April, 2017, that officers from SOCU are seeking to either interrogate or arrest him in respect of the said Commonwealth Law Reports and that before moving to the High Court he submitted himself for questioning to SOCU and officers thereof were demanding that he either deliver the said Commonwealth Law Reports or that they will go to his residence and seize and detain them. He said giving notice of this application to the Respondent will cause delay in obtaining the reliefs sought herein and expose the Nandlall’s property to the unlawful, arbitrary and unconstitutional seizure, detention, deprivation and/or confiscation of his property.

Court papers in favour Nandlall state that the Auditor General did not find anything questionable about the law books arrangement, and that the matter was never raised by the Public Accounts Committee.

  • Col123

    Squabbling Africans and Indians…black outside, crap inside…full of it!!!

    • Gtloyal

      Col 123, you don’t have to describe yourself for us to know you, we read your posts and that’s enough!

      • Col123

        I know you digest such crap…

        • Gtloyal

          No, Mr Wishuwere Mandingo; no sensible person would digest the crap you write. And no mandingo would run away from and abandon his homeland through fear of another man.

          • Col123

            With crooks like alyou, who can’t run a fowl pen without playing with the chickens, the famous Dr Carson trump was right to say that those slave ship we put you on was like a cruise ship…

          • Gtloyal

            Did you come swimming? Don’t tell me you’re ole-higue and came flying!

          • Col123

            We sold you brothas as we service the massa women.. learn your history..

          • Gtloyal

            So, you have a history of betraying your broddas that continues to this day! Not surprising.

          • Col123

            It comes down to work hard, save a little, enjoy life, and don’t attempt to walk in the shoes of others.. you would be surprised about how many of those are tormented souls..

      • eddie

        at least you can read BRAVO!!!!!!!!!!!!! is your interpretation that keep us lively,,,,, 2+2=6 I bet we will have a lively reaction from you,,, go for it single and duce is not all hit it out of the ground

        • Gtloyal

          Looks like you are in the list of “Squabbling Africans and Indians” your Col 123 talks about.

          • eddie

            AWWWWWWWWWWWWW I can’t see where I was squabbling but then again it’s you I rest my case

  • Second Coming

    Acting Chief Justice George has to be careful not to set a precedent by allowing to stand the belief that any President can take government property and gift it to government officials, because Granger could easily hand Guyana over to people he likes. The extent of the naked greed that defines Jagdeo and his clan of hustlers continues to shock the nation, but even more shocking is the role of the courts in appearing to defend the PPP.

    • geeteerebel

      agreed… Granger should continue the tradition and farm out the oil to he own..

  • CREAM1968

    ONLY IN GUYANA , THE GOV , CAN MAKE STEALING LEGAL ,

    • SYL

      NO! NO! NO! Say it this way OH! What a RAT RACE! After 35 years nothing has really change much for the better. Sing the song !

  • CREAM1968

    WHEN IT COMES TO THE PPP ANF APNU AND PNC ,, ALL PACKS OF ROUGES

  • ExPPP_Man

    Anil, bai why don’t you give the book to basil ? The man can use the books to laaan something. Lawwwd bai, you are wrong to deprive the man lil knowledge.

    • Col123

      Hey ex KKK guy… why don’t you buy the brotha some law books…

      • ExPPP_Man

        He could read and comprehend ? Remeber he got his law degree in burnham time