Jagdeo slams gov’t for try­ing to in­tim­i­date mem­bers of the ju­di­ciary

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cur­rent Coali­tion gov­ern­ment came in for blows by the Peo­ple’s Pro­gres­sive Party (PPP) Gen­eral Sec­re­tary and Op­po­si­tion Leader, Dr Bhar­rat Jagdeo, to­day, over its at­tacks on the lo­cal ju­di­ciary. Deem­ing the re­cent at­tack on the Chan­cel­lor of the ju­di­ciary (ag), Carl Singh, as an “un­prece­dented” move, Jagdeo charged that the mo­tive seems t o be t o in­tim­i­date the ju­di­ciary to in­flu­ence de­ci­sions of lo­cal courts.

Over t he last f our weeks, head­lines i n t he state-owned Guyana Chron­i­cle screamed ‘Sun set­ting on Chan­cel­lor’s ca­reer… con­cerns raised over whether he will try to pro­long stay’ and ‘Chan­cel­lor too pow­er­ful – AG’, among oth­ers.

Speak­ing at a news con­fer­ence, held at Free­dom House to­day, he pointed to the fact that the new or­der of the day seems to be that mem­bers of the ju­di­ciary are sub­ject to cam­paigns aimed at de­stroy­ing their cred­i­bil­ity if de­ci­sions are not made in their favour. “In their warped think­ing, they be­lieve that this will in­tim­i­date judges to be com­pli­ant,” the PPP Gen­eral Sec­re­tary said.

Jagdeo likened the cur­rent state of af­fairs to a man­i­fes­ta­tion of the days un­der the Peo­ple’s Na­tional Congress (PNC), which is the ma­jor­ity party of the cur­rent Coali­tion gov­ern­ment, when the PNC’s flag was flown at the Court of Ap­peal, over the na­tional flag – to so­lid­ify the paramountcy of the PNC.

“There is a grow­ing ten­dency to go back to the era when the PNC and a par­tic­u­lar mind­set dom­i­nated Guyana… it is this mind­set that drove Guyana into the ground… this is the same mind­set that set back de­vel­op­ment by many years…this is very wor­ry­ing,” Jagdeo de­clared.

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