While not committing to offering an apology, as requested by Justice Franklin Holder, Attorney General Basil Williams SC., has indicated that he is not “unprepared” to work with the Judge to “resolve what was a fleeting engagement after the business of the day was completed”.
In a letter to Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Holder indicated that he wanted an apology from the Attorney General over his behaviour in his courtroom last week.
The Judge indicated that the incident stemmed from the Attorney General being loud in the courtroom while questioning him about whether he had recorded a statement from the witness who was on the stand during an ongoing hearing.
The Judge in his letter made no mention of ever being threatened or feeling threatened by the Attorney General, as was claimed by Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, and the opposition People’s Progressive Party.
He stated that Mr. Williams did make mention of a former Magistrate who has since died and the fact that the Magistrate was the last person who told him what he could and could not say.
However, the Judge did admit to leaving the bench without adjourning the court or giving directions to the parties involved.
Attorney General Williams, believes the statement by the Judge vindicates his position that he had never issued any death threat against the Judge. In a statement today, Mr. Williams thanked the Judge for doing the “right thing and exposing the iniquity of Nandlall”.
When questioned today at his Chambers on whether he would be prepared to give in to the Judge’s demand for an apology, the Attorney General said that will be dealt with if and when the time comes.
“We will discuss it, because you notice that it was Nandlall who caused the problem for three hours and the engagement with the Learned Judge and myself was merely three minutes”.
The Attorney General has already instructed his Attorneys to dispatch letters to Mr. Nandlall and the media houses that reported on his “libelous” statement that a death threat was made against the Judge. Senior Counsel Williams is convinced that the entire furore is part of a plan by the People’s Progressive Party to get to him and obstruct the work of the Court that is dealing with matters involving decisions that were made by the PPP administration.