Former Finance Minister under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) government Dr. Ashni Singh and former Head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington have been given three weeks to return to Guyana and make an appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer charges related to their time in office.
Dr. Singh and Mr. Brassington were charged following investigations by the Special Organised Crime Unit, with gross misconduct in public office.
The matter came up before Chief Magistrate Ann Mclennan in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Thursday. The Court heeded requests from SOCU for the two gentlemen to be given time to make an appearance and answer to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate adjourned the case until May 7th when Dr. Singh and Mr. Brassington are expected to be there.
There were no details read in relation to the charge against the duo but Newssource understands that it includes the findings of more than one forensic audits that were conducted by the coalition government after the PPP was voted out of office at the May 2015 general elections.
Those audits have recommended charges for persons fingered in cases of malpractice, particularly as it relates to the sale of state lands and property.
Dr. Singh and Mr. Brassington left Guyana shortly after the 2015 elections and are believed to be living in Dubai and Florida respectively.
SOCU had reportedly been trying to get in contact with the duo over the last two years as it conducted its investigation.
Already, charges have been laid against several other government officials under the previous government for malpractice in public office which those very audits uncovered.