‘Hit the road Jack’ – Nigel Hughes tells Jagdeo

‘Hit the road Jack’ – Nigel Hughes tells Jagdeo
November 10, 2011 | By KNews | Filed Under News


The song “Hit the road Jack” was made famous by the great American singer, Ray Charles, five decades ago.


Nigel Hughes
Yesterday attorney Nigel Hughes found it to be the appropriate response to President Bharrat Jagdeo who has called him a racist.
Jagdeo, on Tuesday, used a campaign rally at Whim on the Corentyne Coast to call Hughes a racist. Yesterday, the attorney shot back.
“I believe His Excellency is familiar with the rest of the song,” Hughes said, referring to “Hit the road Jack.”
Jagdeo’s statement was in reference to revelations in the libel case he himself has brought against Kaieteur News columnist Freddie Kissoon, and the newspaper’s Publisher and Editor-in-Chief.
Jagdeo is suing for $10 million, claiming that a column by Kissoon suggests that he is a racist and that “by extension, the State and Government of Guyana, practice racism as an ideology, dogma, philosophy and policy.”
In this case, Jagdeo is the one who has called someone a racist, said Hughes, but as he is the President, he cannot be sued since he enjoys immunity from prosecution under the laws of Guyana.
The attorney noted, yesterday, that the cloak of immunity that the President now enjoys is rapidly deteriorating. He is to leave office after the November 28 general elections.
“You have a racist in Nigel Hughes…(who said in the court matter) that any Indian who accesses a high position in this country does so only because of their race…a racist!” Hughes quoted Jagdeo as saying at the Whim rally.
The attorney said that the statement against him was slanderous and was an unfounded allegation.
“No doubt with the pressure of his rapidly approaching involuntary retirement His Excellency’s recollection of the conduct of the case of B. Jagdeo V Citizen Kissoon must have been clouded by the rigors of the campaign,” Hughes stated.
He recalled that the libel case was filed on the advice of Jagdeo’s counsel “who used his considerable legal talent to secure an early hearing of the matter perilously close to the upcoming election.”
Hughes stated that the only witness called to the stand thus far is Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, who as a witness was the only person required to speak under oath.
“In the adversarial system, the defendant’s attorney is merely permitted to ask questions, the accuracy, integrity or otherwise of the responses is purely a matter of witness’ testimony,” Hughes stated.
No doubt, in reading the press reports of the responses provided by Head of the Presidential secretariat, Jagdeo assumed that the disclosures made by his witness could only be described as racist, Hughes surmised, adding “perhaps an accurate assessment of the policies which the witness was candid enough to reveal.”
“One can forgive His Excellency for coming to the conclusion that the answers given by his witness were racist but to attribute the responses of his own witness to Defence Counsel who merely asked the questions, is disturbing, unless of course His Excellency assumed that the commonality of heritage between the witness and Defence Counsel meant that they shared the same position on the issue of race,” Hughes quipped.
Hughes’ statement came two weeks after he was forced to make another statement in defense of comments made against him by the President at a Lusignan campaign rally.
“I (Jagdeo) appoint Senior Counsel…He will never be a Senior Counsel once I am President and I don’t know whether Donald Ramotar will ever give him because he is a drug dealers’ lawyer,” Jagdeo stated.
In response then, Hughes said that the fact that the current administration found it impossible to identify a single person of African descent qualified to “represent this country of ours at the level of Ambassador at any international posting is probably the most salient statement on the practice of racism in politics in contemporary Guyana.”
Hughes added that Jagdeo’s statement confirmed a long held belief in the profession that the conferral of the status of senior counsel by this present regime, is a political act.
Regarding his defence practice, Hughes said that the oath of lawyers obliges them to represent clients without fear or favour.
“…And I have had the privilege of representing an array of clients including Mrs Varshnie Jagdeo (the President’s ex-wife) over the course of my professional life. The categorization or classification of my clients has not been a concern of mine as I am not retained as a priest but as an Attorney at Law.”
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“No doubt with the pressure of his rapidly approaching involuntary retirement His Excellency’s recollection of the conduct of the case of B. Jagdeo V Citizen Kissoon must have been clouded by the rigors of the campaign,” Hughes stated.

THE AFC WILL REPEAL THE LAW THAT GIVE KING KONG $3 MILLION AND IF BHARAT CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR THE MONEY THAT BUILT "JAG BHARAT NAGAR", it will become a half way house for sexually abused children.
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Originally posted by Sase Singh:
“No doubt with the pressure of his rapidly approaching involuntary retirement His Excellency’s recollection of the conduct of the case of B. Jagdeo V Citizen Kissoon must have been clouded by the rigors of the campaign,” Hughes stated.

THE AFC WILL REPEAL THE LAW THAT GIVE KING KONG $3 MILLION AND IF BHARAT CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR THE MONEY THAT BUILT "JAG BHARAT NAGAR", it will become a half way house for sexually abused children.


how about some thunderbolt flour sase...how many times you get fire ??
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Originally posted by SuperMike:
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Originally posted by Sase Singh:
“No doubt with the pressure of his rapidly approaching involuntary retirement His Excellency’s recollection of the conduct of the case of B. Jagdeo V Citizen Kissoon must have been clouded by the rigors of the campaign,” Hughes stated.

THE AFC WILL REPEAL THE LAW THAT GIVE KING KONG $3 MILLION AND IF BHARAT CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR THE MONEY THAT BUILT "JAG BHARAT NAGAR", it will become a half way house for sexually abused children.


how about some thunderbolt flour sase...how many times you get fire ??



Dear Editor:

The great thinkers’ sermonize that “Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad.” I thought I had adequately addressed President Bharrat Jagdeo reckless allegations on March 10, 2011 (refer http://www.stabroeknews.com/20...d-of-accomplishment/) but I guess not. The old people always say, some people are denser than other and from these “fuse blow out moments”, it is clear that madness is at some people’s door steps as the week turn into days and the days turn into hours and the hours turn into seconds. The end is near for the unrighteous regime.

But let me address the slander uttered by a person most unfit for public office. The person in question was quoted as making an allegation that “Singh has been fired five times from five different places for stealing”. “He has done this over and over”. Well for his information, Sasenarine Singh worked on three occasions with the Government of Guyana. So it has to be a real unintelligent Government that hires a person, then fires them and then hires them and then fires them, not one time, not two times, but three times. But this “fuse blow out moment” is nothing else but a red herring for desperate people who have suddenly realize the end is near, the final curtain is here.

I have in my possession a sign copy of a letter from the Ministry of Agriculture accepting my resignation so it is either people are being mis-advised or they are loyal students of Josef Gobbel, the master propagandist. I have the evidence that I was in full receipt of my vacation allowance and full gratuity. Therefore, the Government has got to be mad, headed by a “madman” who will fire someone and then pays them full vacation allowance and gratuity.

Rather than mind my business, people should be concerning themselves with how they will account for, in a matter of weeks, the money that built a $500 million fortress at Pradoville when their earned income throughout their whole career adds up to less than $300 million. Rather than mind my business, people will have to answer to the people why the deferred the passage of a pension law until the death of Janet Jagan. Did she say “I will have none of this once I am alive”?

The President is very good at being nasty and childish. I dare him to provide the evidence that I have been fired 5 times. He either put up or shut up or he can be easily accused of being, using Nigel Hughes words, a domesticated poultry, or as the Rasta man said a Yard fowl.
My professional record speaks for itself. I will not engage at the President’s level but choose to deal with issues. For me, I thank the President for energizing me as I recommit myself to the struggle of removing the barriers to Guyana’s development. My vision is that Guyana will one day be the Singapore of the Americas. I am convinced that the likes of Mr. Jagdeo cannot accomplish this. I wish him well in his last hours as President and feel sorry for him as the hours become minutes and the minutes become seconds. I rest my case.

Regards

Sasenarine Singh
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Originally posted by SuperMike:
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Originally posted by Sase Singh:
“No doubt with the pressure of his rapidly approaching involuntary retirement His Excellency’s recollection of the conduct of the case of B. Jagdeo V Citizen Kissoon must have been clouded by the rigors of the campaign,” Hughes stated.

THE AFC WILL REPEAL THE LAW THAT GIVE KING KONG $3 MILLION AND IF BHARAT CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR THE MONEY THAT BUILT "JAG BHARAT NAGAR", it will become a half way house for sexually abused children.


how about some thunderbolt flour sase...how many times you get fire ??


It is just amazing from the PPP propagandist struggle on the issues.

If you see Kwamee at the Debate. Flounching and shouting and jumping and trying to shut down the APNU supporters.


btw, I have not see Kwamee in over 5 years and boy he got real FAT.

Why? Life good for the bag man. What else?
Jagdeo's term in office is coming an end because the law of the land requires him to step down after two terms. Even though he is campaigning for his party the list of candidates does not have his name. This speaks volumes for the man. How can you shamelessly call an elected leader who is stepping down gracefully after the end of his term in office a "Dictator"? Some called a "Dick Taker". How low can you people stoop with your atrocious behaviour and in the same breath claim moral and ethical superiority over him? Our people are not naive'. The poor and uneducated in Guyana have a way seeing through politicians who are self-serving and ruthless. They will vote for the right party.

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