Nandlall files application to restrain seizure of Commonwealth Law Reports

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Former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall has filed an application in the High Court seeking an interim conservatory order preventing officers or agents of the State from seizing the fourteen controversial Commonwealth Law Reports which he acquired during his term as Minister of Legal Affairs.

The application was made yesterday (Monday, April 24, 2017), shortly after Nandlall was questioned by ranks of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) about the law reports which he claims are now worth some US$2,000.

According to the Court document, the Former AG said that during conversation with SOCU ranks, he was informed that “they intend to raid his home to seize and detain the said Commonwealth Law Reports which are the subject of these proceedings.”

Giving reasons for his application which he said was granted today (Tuesday, April 25, 2017), because he was not given prior notice by the officers of SOCU’s intention to investigate the matter and confiscate the property.

Nandlall said he commenced subscribing to Lexis Nexis (U.K.), publishers of the Commonwealth Law Reports sometime in 2003, and the arrangement is that individual Law Reports are shipped to him along with an invoice. He noted that prior to his appointment as Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, he requested that as a condition of his service, the state stands this expenditure and this was done. The items were taken with him when his party demitted office in May 2015. This, he said was communicated to the relevant authorities.

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