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Hughes objects to PPP MP Sanjeev Datadin serving as Prosecutor in case against GECOM officials

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October 23, 2020

Attorney Nigel Hughes today told the Court that Mr. Datadin is a sitting Member of Parliament for a political party in a case that will clearly have political consequences and he, therefore, cannot be expected to execute his job as Prosecutor in a fair manner.

PPP Member of Parliament Sanjeev Datadin has been appointed as a Special Prosecutor in the Police criminal charges filed against the Chief Election Officer and the Deputy Chief Election Officer and the Attorneys representing the two officials have objected to the move.

Attorney Nigel Hughes today told the Court that Mr. Datadin is a sitting Member of Parliament for a political party in a case that will clearly have political consequences and he therefore cannot be expected to execute his job as Prosecutor in a fair manner.

“Mr. Datadin is a sitting MP for the Government and the People’s Progressive Party and to give him the responsibility of prosecuting a matter which is highly political in nature and which Mr. Hannoman agrees has political consequences, we believe is a poor exercise of great discretion, but more importantly all prosecutors have a responsibility for fairness, they have no interest in conviction, they have a responsibility for fairness and part of that responsibility is that they must bring all information to the Court whether its in favour of their case or against their case…we believe that the appointment of a sitting government MP as a prosecutor completely violates all of those”, Hughes argued.

Mr. Hughes also objected in Court today to the Prosecution’s request for the entire trial for the two GECOM officials to take place in the Magistrates’ Court. He said the charge is against the people of Guyana and therefore his clients prefer for a Judge and jury of their peers in the High Court to determine the case.

The Magistrate has asked for submissions to be made in relation to the objections raised by Attorney Nigel Hughes.

The investigation into allegations of electoral fraud is still ongoing by the Police.

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Now, this is stupid!  How can you have a PPP MP prosecuting an elections related case.  Whose idea is this?  Nandlall? Jagdeo? Ali?Datadin?  I have not seen anything as stupid as this.  Where did Datadin and Nandlall study law?  UWI?  I should have known.  Nigel Hughes is going to whip their behinds.  Remember, a prosecutor is supposed to be fair.

@Totaram posted:

Now, this is stupid!  How can you have a PPP MP prosecuting an elections related case.  Whose idea is this?  Nandlall? Jagdeo? Ali?Datadin?  I have not seen anything as stupid as this.  Where did Datadin and Nandlall study law?  UWI?  I should have known.  Nigel Hughes is going to whip their behinds.  Remember, a prosecutor is supposed to be fair.

I agree. But tell us who in Guyana is not tainted with some level of bias. Its a small country.

I see you are a fan of Hughes...the same guy who came up with that absurdity of what is half or a majority of 65.

@VishMahabir posted:

I agree. But tell us who in Guyana is not tainted with some level of bias. Its a small country.

I see you are a fan of Hughes...the same guy who came up with that absurdity of what is half or a majority of 65.

What the poster is suggesting that an attorney is incapable of honoring his sworn oath to the bar and courts. Perhaps s/he is projecting their understanding of all those attorneys in the PNC circle. Datadin is a very qualified attorney so he would be competent in this case. In any case there is a magistrate who will still ensure that he prosecute the case according to law.

Secondly, your point is well taken regarding Hughes. Indeed he was the guy who argued that 34 plus 32 equals 65. So him putting lash on Nandlall or Datadin is comical. Just look at how many times over the past 2 years Nandlall and Datadin demolished the Coalition's lawyers. If Hughes is their silver bullet it proves that their incompetence stood in the way of them using him instead of all the other lawyers who failed so miserably over the past two years.

And they are about to suffer even further indignation as the CJ has ruled that even Mingo's mutilated SOPs are admissible in the elections petition cases.

@Totaram posted:

Now, this is stupid!  How can you have a PPP MP prosecuting an elections related case.  Whose idea is this?  Nandlall? Jagdeo? Ali?Datadin?  I have not seen anything as stupid as this.  Where did Datadin and Nandlall study law?  UWI?  I should have known.  Nigel Hughes is going to whip their behinds.  Remember, a prosecutor is supposed to be fair.

@Ilum posted:

What the poster is suggesting that an attorney is incapable of honoring his sworn oath to the bar and courts. Perhaps s/he is projecting their understanding of all those attorneys in the PNC circle. Datadin is a very qualified attorney so he would be competent in this case. In any case there is a magistrate who will still ensure that he prosecute the case according to law.

Secondly, your point is well taken regarding Hughes. Indeed he was the guy who argued that 34 plus 32 equals 65. So him putting lash on Nandlall or Datadin is comical. Just look at how many times over the past 2 years Nandlall and Datadin demolished the Coalition's lawyers. If Hughes is their silver bullet it proves that their incompetence stood in the way of them using him instead of all the other lawyers who failed so miserably over the past two years.

And they are about to suffer even further indignation as the CJ has ruled that even Mingo's mutilated SOPs are admissible in the elections petition cases.

Just imagine Basil Williams and Neal Boston arguing the case? It would be a dog and pony show where the judge might ask for a psychological evaluation for both of them.

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Where were all the bellyachers then?

AFC Chairman defends decision to represent Sean Hinds

By Jomo Paul

Chairman of the AFC and Attorney at Law, Nigel Hughes
Chairman of the AFC and Attorney at Law, Nigel Hughes

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nigel Hughes, the Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) – one of the political Parties that currently makes up the coalition government – has defended his decision to represent self-confessed death squad member Sean Hinds.

On Monday, Hinds turned himself into the Police at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and was accompanied by Hughes as his Lawyer,

The death squad is suspected to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Guyanese men and women during the crime spree that followed the February 2002 jail break.

When contacted by iNews for a comment, Hughes stated that Hinds needed an Attorney and he saw no reason as to why he should not take the case.

“As far as I know the police force requested the presence of Mr Hinds; he required the services of a lawyer and he retained me. I don’t know anything about the government getting involved. This is not a political issue…I fail to appreciate your question,” said Hughes.

Subsequent to Hinds’ surrender, a police report detailed that the self-confessed death squad member was not cooperating with detectives.

Sean Hinds
Sean Hinds

“So far he is not cooperating with the police as a number of questions have been put to him in the presence of his Lawyer and his consistent response has been that he has nothing to say, based on advice of his Lawyer,” the police release noted.

The Force recently noted that he is wanted for a “serious offence” but has refused to reveal the nature of the offence; however Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo a few days ago revealed that Hinds was spotted outside his [Nagamootoo] residence, staking out the area.

While Hinds claims to know who the murderers of Courtney Crum – Ewing and Ronald Waddell are, he has not admitted to committing any crimes.

@VishMahabir posted:

I agree. But tell us who in Guyana is not tainted with some level of bias. Its a small country.

I see you are a fan of Hughes...the same guy who came up with that absurdity of what is half or a majority of 65.

It has to stop. And it must stop NOW.

@Ilum posted:

Where were all the bellyachers then?

AFC Chairman defends decision to represent Sean Hinds

By Jomo Paul

Chairman of the AFC and Attorney at Law, Nigel Hughes
Chairman of the AFC and Attorney at Law, Nigel Hughes

[www.inewsguyana.com] – Nigel Hughes, the Chairman of the Alliance For Change (AFC) – one of the political Parties that currently makes up the coalition government – has defended his decision to represent self-confessed death squad member Sean Hinds.

On Monday, Hinds turned himself into the Police at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and was accompanied by Hughes as his Lawyer,

The death squad is suspected to be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Guyanese men and women during the crime spree that followed the February 2002 jail break.

When contacted by iNews for a comment, Hughes stated that Hinds needed an Attorney and he saw no reason as to why he should not take the case.

“As far as I know the police force requested the presence of Mr Hinds; he required the services of a lawyer and he retained me. I don’t know anything about the government getting involved. This is not a political issue…I fail to appreciate your question,” said Hughes.

Subsequent to Hinds’ surrender, a police report detailed that the self-confessed death squad member was not cooperating with detectives.

Sean Hinds
Sean Hinds

“So far he is not cooperating with the police as a number of questions have been put to him in the presence of his Lawyer and his consistent response has been that he has nothing to say, based on advice of his Lawyer,” the police release noted.

The Force recently noted that he is wanted for a “serious offence” but has refused to reveal the nature of the offence; however Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo a few days ago revealed that Hinds was spotted outside his [Nagamootoo] residence, staking out the area.

While Hinds claims to know who the murderers of Courtney Crum – Ewing and Ronald Waddell are, he has not admitted to committing any crimes.

What does this have to do with Datadin, a sitting PPP MP, prosecuting the elections case?  Try again.

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