High Court halts court proceedings against Dr Singh, Brassington

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Lawyers have secured permission for the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court to halt the proceedings of criminal charges against former Government officials, Dr Ashni Singh and Winston Brassington until the High Court rules on the matter.

The duo was charged with misconduct in public office in relation to the sale of several plots of lands on the East Coast of Demerara, Greater Georgetown. They were slated to return to the Magistrate’s Court on June 5, 2018.

However, High Court Judge, Justice Franklin Holder Monday granted lawyers an application of stay which basically allows for the court proceedings to be paused until the High Court rules on the defendants’ challenge to their respective charges.

The Lawyers had challenged the charges in the High Court and Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire is expected to hear that challenge on May 25, 2018.

Dr Singh, Guyana’s former Finance Minister and Brassington, former head of NICIL, were represented by Attorneys Anil Nandlall and Sase Gunraj while the State was represented by Solicitor General Kim Kyte.

If the Chief Justice rules in favour of the State, then the proceedings in the Magistrate’s Court will be resumed.

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