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GBTI claims victim of “abuse of power” in SOCU probe

Hours after Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan threw out a contempt of court case against top executives of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), that financial institution said it was unnecessarily targeted. “While this unwarranted attack and abuse of power was not without severe and widespread consequences to the sterling institutional image and that of the personal reputation of ...

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Christopher Ram moves to Court to block gov’t contracts over GYD$15 million

Attorney-at-law and Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram on Friday asked the High Court to block the award of government contracts worth more than GYD$15 million. Through his lawyers, including Anil Nandlall, Ram also wants the High Court to declare that all such contracts that were awarded since the no-confidence motion was passed on December 21, 2o18 were “unconstitutional, unlawful, null, void ...

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SARA serves papers on Jagdeo to recover his seaside property; calls reporter’s question “stupid”

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday confirmed that High Court marshals served him with court papers on behalf the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA), and his lawyers plan to respond. “I received it. My lawyers are dealing with it,” he told a news conference. The marshals caught up with Jagdeo at the Church Street-based Opposition Leader’s office. “I didn’t even ...

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Doing business with China requires tight, transparent rules – US War College Professor

Guyana should ensure there are tight regulatory frameworks when dealing with Chinese investors to minimise the possible bribery of public officials, Research Professor of Latin American Studies at the US War College Strategic Studies Institute, Dr Evan Ellis stated recently. Delivering the 11th Vice Chancellor’s Renaissance Lecture on the topic “Transnational Organised Crime and Regional Security Dynamics in Guyana and ...

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More police officers, other top gov’t officials required to declare assets to Integrity Commission

More senior police officers and other top public officials may soon be asked to declare their assets to the Integrity Commission, even as it requires more money and investigators to go after those who already refuse to submit declarations, officials announced Wednesday. Integrity Commission Chairman, Kumar Duraisami said approval would be sought to add the Deputy Police Commissioner,  Assistant Commissioner, Divisional ...

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Vice Chancellor denies running University of Guyana broke as workers demand forensic audit

University of Guyana (UG) workers on Wednesday intensified their demand for an in-depth examination of how the institution is spending its monies at a time when there is a cutback in certain expenses, but Vice Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith denied responsibility for running the institution broke. “Of course, not! But it’s hazy and wanton to make public accusations of all kinds ...

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Tax disclosure waivers needed for Extractive Industries Transparency process

As Guyana prepares its first Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) report on monies spent by 35 petroleum and mining companies and received by government, a UK-based firm that has been hired to match earnings and expenses says the companies will be asked to authorise the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to release confidential tax information. Hired independent administrator for Guyana’s EITI ...

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AFC, PPP shrug off claims of State resources being used for political activism

As Guyana’s elections campaign slowly heats up, the use of State resources is again taking centre stage after the governing coalition and the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) were seen using materials funded by the public purse. The Alliance For Change (AFC), the coalition partner, and the PPP on Wednesday defended their decisions to do so. Last week Saturday, AFC ...

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