Speaker throws out ‘scandalous’ AG amendments

Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman yesterday ruled that Attorney General Anil Nandlall’s proposed amendments to Leader of the Opposition David Granger’s Motion calling for a Commission of Inquiry on criminal violence from 2004 to 2010 were unacceptable.

Further, the Speaker has recommended a number of changes to Nandlall’s proposed amendments – some of which he described as scandalous – if he wants them to proceed, saying that the amendments in their original form offended Standing Orders 26 (b), (c) and (d).

Raphael Trotman

Raphael Trotman

Granger was to have moved the Motion last Thursday in Parliament seeking to have government appoint a Commission of Inquiry to probe criminal violence from 2004 to 2010 ranging from the killing of Minister Satyadeow Sawh to the massacres at Lusignan, Bartica and Lindo Creek in 2006. However, he declined to proceed with it.

Speaker Trotman in his ruling explained why it was that he could not allow the amendments to the Motion in their original state.

“On Thursday January 10, 2013, after convening the sitting for the day, I observed a document placed before me entitled, ‘Amendment to Motion – The Appointment of a Commission of Inquiry to Investigate the Incidence of Criminal Violence from 2004 to 2010,” he said. …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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