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Attorney General Anil Nandlall has objected to a headline appearing in yesterday’s issue of Kaieteur News. To this end he has issued a statement which is reproduced in its entirety.I read with deep concern the screaming front page headline of Kaieteur News,Wholesale NBA Jerseys, March 22, 2012 “Three years after teen’s torture- Nandlall backpedals (sic) on six million dollars compensation” and the article which ensues.I wish to emphatically state that this headline is absolutely misleading and so are many statements contained in the said article. In the circumstances,Cheap NFL Jerseys China, it is incumbent upon me to respond.1.    On the 20th of March, 2012, I issued a press release in which, inter alia, I alluded to my belief that Mr. Khemraj Ramjattan’s constant criticisms of me in the press is founded upon my refusal of his numerous requests to pay the judgment sum of $6,000,000.00 to him, which was awarded in the now well known genital burning case, unless he produces his client. Mr. Ramjattan had capitalised on a statement which I made in the press earlier this year that the Government may settle the case if he produces his client, since I am aware that he was unable to locate his client for over a year,Wholesale Football Jerseys, yet he was demanding the money be paid to him.2.    Although KN published my press statement, they, inexplicably,China NFL Jerseys, omitted to publish the matters referred to in (1) above,China Jerseys, even though I personally spoke with Editor–in- Chief, Mr. Adam Harris, and explained in detail to him, what I considered to be the true motive inspiring Mr. Ramjattan’s criticisms of me and that it will be included in a statement that I will send for his publication. While I recognise the concept of the editor’s discretion to exclude matters from being published, I also recognise that this discretion must be exercised fairly and objectively with the ultimate objective of presenting a balanced final product. It is axiomatic that balance and fairness are not objectives which KN wishes to achieve. Theirs is a manifest intention to twist, misrepresent and omit, where necessary, in order to convey a view critical of the Government. It would be a little more palatable if KN would openly state that it is anti-government but it masquerades as a national newspaper and it is with this charade, that I take umbrage.3.    Any professional news outfit operating in the civilised and free world would at a minimum, attempt to solicit a comment from me before publishing the story appearing in KN March 22nd, 2012, alluded to above. My cell number is known to almost all reporters at KN, including, the Editor-in-Chief. Yet no effort was made to contact me before the story was published. On the contrary, Stabroek News published the same story but extended to me the right to a comment and in their story they have published those comments (see Stabroek News, 22nd March, 2012 at page 11).4.    Upon reading the article, I inquired of Mr. Adam Harris the reasons why my press release was not published in its entirety and why those excerpts which were omitted in the publication are now used to contradict me; and why the right to a comment was not afforded to me. Mr. Harris glibly informs me that those are not his decisions and if I am to send to him again my views he will publish it. Well I am doing so now and the public will be the judge.5.    Indeed, Mr. Ramjattan and his client visited the Attorney General’s Chambers and met with me. Mr. Ramjattan again, reiterated his request for payment of the judgment sum. I reminded Mr. Ramjattan that my position is, as always was, that the Government may consider settling the matter and pay the judgment sum, on the condition, that he locates his client. He admitted that he had some difficulty in so doing but he eventually was able to make contact with the client. I informed him that now that he has made contact with his client the Government will now consider whether they would settle the matter and withdraw the appeal; that, in any event, I alone cannot make such a decision. I drew to his attention the fact that the National Budget of 2012 will have to be passed in the National Assembly before the issue of payment of the judgment sum can be addressed. I emphasised to him that it behoves me to act in a manner compliant with financial accountability and within the confines of budgetary allocations, concepts which he so commendably promotes.6.    If I were afforded the right to a comment, the aforesaid would have constituted my input and would have deprived KN of the opportunity to baselessly and maliciously attack another Government functionary and therefore, it would have denied them the opportunity to allege that I “backpedal”. However, in order to prosecute their anti-government agenda, they denied me the opportunity to make my input.7.    I take this opportunity to call upon the Guyana Press Association, the Guyana Human Rights Association, Amnesty International and every organisation which advocates for freedom of the press to denounce this type of gutter journalism. I wish to remind, that press freedom is a constitutional right which many fought and struggled valiantly to restore in Guyana. Now that we have it, we must cherish it and have regard to the sacrifices of those who toiled for its return.  We must never countenance its violation or its abuse. It carries with it certain responsibilities which must be faithfully discharged because the possibility always exists for those who abuse it to lose it.Editor’s Note:At the bottom of this note is the paragraph Kaieteur News deleted from the previous statement. We ask you the readers to determine whether this had anything or relevance whatsoever to the issue of the torture teen’s compensation.(8)    It all started when I indicated in the press that the Government may consider settling the case in which judgment was granted to Twyon Thomas (the genitals burning case) in the sum of approximately GYD$6,000,000.00 (six million dollars), provided that the victim comes forward because I have information that this person’s whereabouts are now unknown.   Mr. Ramjattan, as the Attorney-at-Law for Mr. Thomas,Cheap NFL Jerseys Supply, has been relentlessly badgering me to pay to him (Ramjattan) the six million dollars, claiming that his fees are included in that sum.  I have constantly requested that Mr. Ramjattan produce his client, but to date he has been unable to do so.  Yet he continues to demand payment of the judgment and I have not granted his requests.  If I were to pay this cheque to Mr. Ramjattan, I am confident that his attack of me will subside instantly.
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