Singh, Brass­ing­ton can also claim ‘em­bar­rass­ment, hu­mil­i­a­tion’

Stabroek News Sunday - - LETTERS -

Dear Edi­tor, I was ut­terly flab­ber­gasted when I read that the Fi­nance Min­is­ter is now su­ing Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Juan Edghill claim­ing dam­ages in the sum of $200,000,000, for the “Ma­li­cious Pros­e­cu­tion of the Of­fence of Mis­con­duct in Pub­lic Of­fice” and other dam­ages.

Jor­dan, in his ap­pli­ca­tion to the court, stated the pri­vate crim­i­nal charges filed by the Op­po­si­tion Par­lia­men­tar­ian was in­tended to “em­bar­rass, hu­mil­i­ate, and cause him to suf­fer pub­lic odium and con­tempt”. If this is the case, then we can also ar­gue and rea­son­ably con­clude that the charges against Dr Ashni Singh and Mr Brass­ing­ton are also meant to “em­bar­rass, hu­mil­i­ate and cause them to suf­fer pub­lic odium and con­tempt”. This must be so con­cluded since the sale of the land and prop­er­ties were duly au­tho­rized by Cab­i­net in the same man­ner in which Jor­dan claimed that the pay­ment of $906 mil­lion to Homestretch De­vel­op­ment In­cor­po­rated was ap­proved by the Na­tional As­sem­bly.

Sim­i­larly, ‘no rea­son­able per­son can con­clude or even draw an in­fer­ence’ that Dr Singh and Mr Brass­ing­ton are guilty of the of­fence of ‘Mis­con­duct in Pub­lic Of­fice’. Mr Jor­dan should, how­ever, know that it is for the Courts to con­clude on guilt, but while the DPP has al­lowed the jus­tice sys­tem to act, al­beit un­justly so, in the case of the for­mer, the DPP has failed to ad­min­is­ter the same quota of jus­tice in Jor­dan’s case, cit­ing that com­plaints should have been made to the Po­lice. How­ever, po­lit­i­cal dic­tates will never al­low such an oc­cur­rence! It clear that the PNC in­flu­ence in our ju­di­cial sys­tem is get­ting stronger!

Hav­ing said that, I wish to in­form Mr Jor­dan that he holds a pub­lic of­fice and he should ex­pect that he will be sub­jected to vig­or­ous pub­lic scru­tiny at all times. In this case, Mr Edghill, as a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, has the right to de­mand that trans­ac­tions which are ques­tion­able are brought to the pub­lic do­main. In the D’Ur­ban Park Project, there is a com­plete lack of data on how the monies were spent and records are not avail­able.

On May 22nd this year, it was re­ported that the Of­fice of the Au­di­tor Gen­eral is prob­ing deeper into the Project and that ‘sev­eral ques­tions still linger’ even though some records were sub­mit­ted by the Min­istry of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture. More­over, there were no bud­getary al­lo­ca­tions in ei­ther the 2015 or the 2016 Bud­gets, and de­spite com­plaints by the Op­po­si­tion to the Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Com­mis­sion noth­ing was done. The Min­is­ter of Pub­lic In­fra­struc­ture was sim­ply in­structed by the Pres­i­dent to take over the Project.

So let the ‘rea­son­able man’ de­cide whether or not the pri­vate crim­i­nal charges brought by Mr Edghill were jus­ti­fied or not. The pub­lic needed an­swers and Mr Edghill at­tempted to pro­vide those an­swers by us­ing the only re­course he has-our le­gal sys­tem! Will our le­gal sys­tem now fail him?

It is a shame that this Coali­tion

Govern­ment, in­stead of pro­vid­ing an­swers to cor­rup­tion charges, would seek to clamp down, sti­fle and kill those voices which ag­o­niz­ingly cry against the myr­iad cor­rupt prac­tices be­ing per­pe­trated against this Na­tion in just three years! This is no sur­prise since the PNC colours fly above Guyana! Yours faith­fully, Haseef Yusuf RDC Coun­cil­lor Re­gion Six

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