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Jagdeo accuses Nandlall of misleading him about filing of defence in libel case

In his appeal, Mr. Jagdeo is contending that he requested information from his former Attorney about the case on a number of occasions and was assured that the defence was filed.

Jagdeo accuses Nandlall of misleading him about filing of defence in libel case

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo through his new Attorney Devindra Kissoon, has moved to appeal the $20 million libel judgment against him and he is accusing his former Attorney Anil Nandlall, of misleading him about the filing of the defence in the original case. Nandlall is now the Attorney General of Guyana.

Three weeks ago, the High Court in a default judgment ruled against Mr. Jagdeo in the libel case after he failed to file a defence.

The libel case was filed by Opposition Member of Parliament Annette Ferguson who was a Government Minister at the time.

In his appeal, Mr. Jagdeo is contending that he requested information from his former Attorney about the case on a number of occasions and was assured that the defence was filed.

“At all times during February 2020 and beyond, I diligently and promptly enquired of Mr. Nandlall of the status of the matter, and was advised by him that the defence was filed, that the matter had not yet ben fixed for case management”, Jagdeo told the Court in his new affidavit.

He further contends that “I made several enquiries about the filing of a defence, and at all times was under the mistaken impression that the matter had been attended to. I had no reason to believe otherwise and had I known that the defence was not filed, I would have immediately taken steps to ensure that the proper application was made to the Court”.

In the absence of the defence being filed in the matter, the Attorney for Ms. Ferguson, Lyndon Amsterdam, sought and got the Court to make the default judgment.

In a Facebook post since the judgment, Mr. Nandlall is blaming the COVID-19 pandemic and the 2020 elections for his failure as Mr. Jagdeo’s Attorney to file the defence in the matter.

“The Elections were then marred by a series of ensuing unforeseen and unprecedented actions, including, a series of litigation, a national recount, and then even more litigation, until the results were finally declared on August 2nd, 2020. Significantly, in March 2020, Guyana was hit with the Covid-19 pandemic which caused the Judiciary to close operations for a period, barring election-related litigation. In consequence, the Supreme Court Registry was closed and Lawyers were advised to close their offices. The aforesaid exceptional circumstances contributed to the error of the non-filing of the Defense not being detected”, Senior Counsel Nandlall stated on his Facebook page.

In the appeal, the Vice President is asking the Court to set aside the $20 million judgment against him, pointing out that he should not be punished for the “inadvertence” of his former Attorney’s Law Office.

He complained to the Court that if the $20 million judgement is not set aside, it would cause him “irreparable damage”.

Mr. Jagdeo also wants the Court to address his appeal speedily since he is concerned that Ms. Ferguson may seek to enforce the judgment at anytime, “rendering the instant application moot”.

Jagdeo also wants the Court to accept his defence at this time since he believes he has good prospects of winning the case.

Ferguson had filed the lawsuit against Jagdeo and the Guyana Times while he was Opposition Leader and she was a Government Minister.

The lawsuit stemmed from statements Jagdeo made in the media about Ferguson’s acquisition of land and construction of her house.

Her Attorneys had maintained that the statements were reckless, libelous and were designed to damage her character.

In the ruling, High Court Judge Sandra Kurtzious ordered that failure by the defendant to comply with the decision of the Court would see him being held in contempt of the Court’s orders and facing prison time or confiscation of assets.

The case was filed in January 2020 and referenced the statements that were made by Mr. Jagdeo in December 2019.

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@Mitwah posted:

Perhaps Jagdeo was set up. LOL!

Something isn't right here.  Maybe Ferguson should move quickly to seize Jagdeo's property .   The PPP "stars" are looking like the amateurs they really are. 

@Totaram posted:

Maybe Bharat should sue Anil to recover what he has to pay Anette.

Exactly my thoughts!

So BJ said the cost will cause him irreparable damage, ow me Lawd ah feel for him. Does he think when one has to pay penalties they are handed gifts or invited to a lavish dinner? No BJ, you dig into your pockets and pay up

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@Totaram posted:

Something isn't right here. Maybe Ferguson should move quickly to seize Jagdeo's property .   The PPP "stars" are looking like the amateurs they really are.

Many things ain't right ,the Court informs parties when a case comes up for hearing ,Anil said he wasn't informed .

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@Django posted:

Many things ain't right ,the Court informs parties when a case comes up for hearing ,Anil said he wasn't informed .

Jagdeo inferred that Anil lied to him. Perhaps Anil is lying about not being informed.

@Mitwah posted:

Jagdeo inferred that Anil lied to him. Perhaps Anil is lying about not being informed.

That could be the reason Anil's nose seems much larger than usual.

Who's the rotund guy on the left in white shirt putting on a bad man act?

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I observe that an unfortunate but devious spin is being peddled in certain quarters in relation to certain statements contained in the Application and Affidavit filed by Mr. Jagdeo, to set aside the default judgement obtained by Annette Ferguson against him.

I wish to make it abundantly clear that both Mr. Jagdeo and I gave Mr. Devindra Kissoon the instructions which were utilized in the preparation of those documents and those documents were read and approved by me.

I reiterate that the Defence was prepared by me within the time prescribed but unfortunately, was not filed. I have already outlined the facts and circumstances which led to the same . Two weeks prior to the March 2 elections, I took complete leave from my law office and only made court appearances when my absence was unavoidable.

Lastly, while lawyers prepare legal documents, the filing is done by their clerical staff. Clear instructions were given to my staff to file the prepared Defence. In error, I assumed that it was done and I so communicated to Mr. Jagdeo.

I hope I have provided due clarity to those who have authored and are fueling the skewed narrative.

https://www.facebook.com/AnilN...sts/3854150894676640

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@Totaram posted:

Maybe Bharat should sue recov what he has to  Anette.es

There' s that possibility! But first things first! Now, off with his fing head, Jag! Hire Witless Willie! One incompetent is as good as another! It will stop Anus from making stupid threats! That's your specialty! How dare he encroach on what is yours! Besides, poor WW is.starving! He can't get.any work ever since he showed the world his special maths! You could.get him cheap!

Tota, see the copy of your post above! Some cretin is moving my cursor around when I.try to click on.or remove a character! Perhaps now you guys will believe me!

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@cain posted:

Shally, phones/comps need to be totally shut down for a couple mins every so often so it can reboot. I shut mine down at least once a week.

It ought to be your Internet 'mouth'! Permanently!

@cain posted:

You silly ole goat, I am trying to help you but I guess you too stupie fictitious to know this. Look on the positive side though, Zombies eat brains, in a Zombie apocalypse yoames you more! are safe

But you.make fun of djinni which are real while believing in.zombies which aren't! Now go shut your 'mouth' before it defames you more!