Former Minister of Finance under the last PPP Civic Government, Ashni Singh and Former Privatisation Unit and NICIL Head, Winston Brassington were today hit with another charge of misconduct in public office.
The two former officials were not in Court for the reading of the new charge.
However, the SOCU Prosecutor admitted to the Court that the two men were not notified of the new charge.
Attorney Stanley Moore, who is representing the interests of the two accused, told the Court that he only heard of the charge moments before the matter made its way to the Court.
He further noted that his clients have travelled back to their new homes overseas after a challenge was filed against the initial charges that were laid against them.
The Attorney gave the assurance that the two will be in Guyana on the 29th June, when the matter will be called again before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan.
The charge states that both Brassington and Singh, while performing duties as Minister of Finance and Chairman of the National Industrial, and Commercial Limited, between 26th October and the 20th December, 2010, at Barrack Street, Kingston, acted recklessly when they agreed to the sale of the Sanata Textiles Complex to the Queens Atlantic Group.
The land with the properties were sold for half of its value to the Queens Atlantic company that had close links with the PPP Civic government at the time. The entire complex was reportedly sold for just over $600 million, when it was valued at more than $1 Billion.
The first set of charges filed against the two were related to the sale of several acres of government land to businesses at prices far below the market value.