Another former Minister under the last People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Government could find himself before the Court to face criminal charges, according to Attorney General, Basil Williams.
At a Friday morning press conference, Attorney General Williams said his predecessor, Anil Nandlall could be legally sanctioned following a disclosure that law books were bought for him by the Legal Affairs Ministry during his tenure.
Mr. Nandlall had explained that it was done in keeping with an agreement he had with the then government before taking up his position.
But Williams believes the alleged private agreement to spend public money to buy millions of dollars worth of law books for Nandlall’s personal collection, amounts to a criminal offense.
The AG said under the Audit Act, his office has rejected the explanation offered by Nandlal and former President Donald Ramotar and expects that the matter will be taken before the Public Accounts Committee for further examination.
Williams said the matter could later go before the Court.
When asked whether that was the desire of the government, the AG refused to disclose what he said were the tactics of the administration.
“When we disclose that men would jump the country and I know there are a lot of person who think the government isn’t doing anything but we will act,” he added.
The AG was also asked about the possibility of having the former AG return the books or pay for them but he again declined to comment. Williams said it wasn’t for him to decide but that will have to be discussed at Cabinet. (by Kurt Campbell)