AG should be hauled before court for contempt – Nandlall

first_imgFormer Attorney General Anil Nandlall believes his successor should be hauled before the Court for Contempt for his flagrant violation of the sub judice principle when he publicly spoke on the Carvil Duncan matter, currently engaging the attention of the Court.Nandlall contended that Attorney General Basil Williams is no ordinary litigant and therefore his pronouncements on a pending court case will not go unnoticed.According to Nandlall, Williams practically signalled to the judiciary, government’s desired expectations regarding the Duncan matter.Attorney General Basil WilliamsCarvil DuncanThe embattled trade unionist filed proceedings in the High Court challenging the actions by the Executive to remove him from office as Chairman and a member of the Public Service Commission, a member of the Judicial Service Commission, and a member of the Police Service Commission.The quintessential issue for the determination of the court is whether or not it is lawful for the Government to have embarked on this path, in light of the fact that there are pending criminal proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court, to which Duncan has pleaded not guilty and whereof his attorney, Nandlall, opines he is protected by a constitutional doctrine which presumes him innocent until proven guilty in those proceedings.Notwithstanding the existence of these pending proceedings in the High Court, the Attorney General at a recent press conference asserted that the Government can lawfully remove Duncan from office during the pendency of the criminal proceedings and before its determination.Nandlall argues that the Attorney General is the head of the Bar and the Executive’s principal legal representative and therefore his official influence can be overwhelming.“He has publically signalled to the Judiciary and the particular judge, the Executive’s view and I dare say, its expectations. Is the Attorney General attempting to prejudice the outcome of the pending case? Is this the example the head of the Bar is setting for other lawyers? Should lawyers now engage in public articulation of cases which are the subject of pending litigation?” Nandlall advanced.He strongly believes that the Attorney General satisfied all the ingredients of the offence of Contempt of Court, for breach of the sub judice rule. “In any properly functioning judicial system, Mr Williams would have been hauled before the Judge for Contempt. But it is now a matter for the Judiciary,” the former AG noted.During the news conference, the AG expressed: “We don’t have to wait for no criminal matter to be completed to move administratively against anybody, that’s always been the rule …if you are a public servant and you are charged for any offence in Guyana, what happens to you? You’re interdicted…”But Nandlall rapped the AG for thinking that Duncan is a public servant.“Mr Duncan is the Chairman of the Public Service Commission, a high constitutional office whose function is to employ, transfer, promote and discipline Public Servants. This office holder has a strong regime of security of tenure akin to that of a judge of the Supreme Court. By what rational process of reasoning and logic can such an office holder be equated to a public servant?” he stated.He explained that the Public Service Commission Rules have no applicability whatsoever to Duncan.“Indeed, it is Mr Duncan’s responsibility to apply those rules to Public Servants. It is the constitution, the Supreme law, which applies to Mr Duncan. Therefore, not even by analogy, can Mr Duncan be sensibly equated to a Public Servant or can the Public Service Commission Rules apply to him.In any event, Mr Duncan was not “interdicted”. The President established a disciplinary tribunal to investigate his removal from office. Long after the establishment of the tribunal, Mr Duncan was then “suspended”. Therefore the disciplinary process to remove Mr Duncan from office commenced long before his suspension,” he said in response to the AG.Nandlall continued by noting that the AG misrepresented or misinterpreted the Public Service Commission Rules.“These rules clearly provide that if a public servant is charged with a criminal proceeding, no disciplinary action can be taken against him until those criminal proceedings are determined. The rationale is clear: to proceed with disciplinary proceedings while the criminal charges are pending, would not only abrogate the presumption of innocence, but would also prejudice the criminal proceedings.”Rule 80. (1) of the Public Service Commission Rules provide: “Where criminal proceedings have been instituted in any court against an officer, Permanent Secretary or the Head of Department, the Commission shall not institute disciplinary proceedings against the officer upon any grounds arising out of criminal charge until after the court has determined the matter and the time allowed for an appeal from the decision of the court has expired; but where an officer, on conviction, has appealed, the Commission may commence proceedings after the withdrawal or determination of the appeal.”last_img read more

Ronaldo to begin Juve adventure in intimate alpine friendly

first_img0Shares0000Juventus fans will have their first sight of Cristiano Ronaldo in black and white stripes in a pre-season match against the club’s B team on Sunday. A Turin hit by Cristiano Ronaldo fever awaits the striker as Juventus prepare to unveil the surprise signing, that after the end of the World Cup, puts all eyes on the Italian champions and Serie A. © AFP/File / MIGUEL MEDINAROME, Italy, Aug 11 – Juventus fans will get their first glimpse of superstar summer signing Cristiano Ronaldo in rarified surroundings on Sunday, when he makes his debut for the Italian champions at the foot of the Alps a week before the start of the new Serie A season.Ronaldo, who signed for Juventus from European champions Real Madrid in a shock 100 million euro ($117 million) deal exactly a month ago, will wear the Juventus kit for the first time in the club’s traditional pre-season friendly between Juve’s first XI and a “B” team in Villar Perosa, a small town 40 kilometres (25 miles) west of Turin. Set in a valley at the foot of the Italian Alps, Villar Perosa (population: roughly 4,100) is the home of the family estate and summer retreat of the powerful Agnellis, who, apart from a brief period around the Second World War, have run Juventus since 1923 and established the traditional alpine curtain raiser.Members of the industrial dynasty — founders of Fiat car manufacturers and often called the “Italian Kennedys” — have lived at “The Castle” in Villar Perosa since the 19th century, while deceased former club chairman Gianni Agnelli was town mayor between 1945 and 1980.– Up close and personal –Used to imposing arenas such as the Camp Nou, Old Trafford and the Bernabeu, current Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldo will take his first steps in black and white stripes at the town’s compact ground, named after notoriously brutal Italy centre-back Gaetano Scirea.There should be more fans at the match than the entire population of Villar Perosa, with the 5,000 tickets available long-since sold out and even more supporters desperate to try and catch a glimpse of their new idol.Such is the enthusiasm for Ronaldo’s debut, that special security measures have been drafted in the town for the match, including a complete ban on the sale of alcohol from Saturday.Ronaldo’s arrival had sparked rumours that the match would be moved to the Allianz Stadium such was the enthusiasm from fans after his signing, but the club decided to stick with the traditional bucolic setting.That could mean Ronaldo gets even more up close and personal with Juve fans.Established custom dictates that five minutes after half-time fans invade the pitch, bringing the game to a halt as fans charge after and greet their heroes.– Superhuman? –Ronaldo joined the team for training on Wednesday with Juventus two important players lighter after their return from the International Champions Cup in the United States.The 33-year-old’s arrival pushed striker Gonzalo Higuain to rivals AC Milan, and the Argentine was joined by the impressive Mattia Caldara, who has established himself as one of Serie A’s best defenders since breaking through at Atalanta two years ago.Caldara arrived at Juve in early July only to be swapped last week with Leonardo Bonucci, who returned to Turin after just one unconvincing season with Milan.The decision to deprive themselves of a proven Serie A goalscorer and in particular to swap Caldara, 24, for 31-year-old Bonucci has left some question marks over Juventus despite Ronaldo’s proven prowess.His domestic form — despite scoring 26 goals in La Liga — was below the almost superhuman levels that had characterised his time in Spain as Madrid finished third behind local rivals Atletico and a whole 17 points behind champions Barcelona.However Juve’s closest recent challengers — Napoli and Roma — have sold important players this summer, and Napoli have to adapt to new coach Carlo Ancelotti following talismanic Maurizio Sarri’s departure and subsequent move to Chelsea.– Euro ambitions –Juventus have signed Ronaldo not to cement their domestic dominance, after winning seven straight league titles, but to boost their international profile and bag their first Champions League triumph in over two decades.Last season, Ronaldo was his usual dominant self in Europe as he smashed 15 goals to top the Champions League scoring charts and fired Real Madrid to continental glory for the third straight year.Leonardo Bonucci has returned to Juventus after an unhappy year with AC Milan. © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOInterest in Juve and in Italian football has spiked following Ronaldo’s arrival. July visits to the club museum shot up 15 percent compared to last year, and were nearly a third more than in 2016, and the over 29,000 season tickets available to fans have been sold despite a deeply unpopular 30 percent price bump announced before Ronaldo’s arrival.ESPN have snatched the rights to broadcast Serie A in the United States from BeIN Sports (although the league has not said how much the network will pay) and World Cup Golden Ball winner Luka Modric is also pondering a move to join former teammate Ronaldo in Italy — at Juve’s arch rivals Inter Milan.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more