Harmon roasts pro-PPP Citizen’s Report for false and malicious article – DPP acted in accordance with the law not instructed by MoTP
DPI, GUYANA, Thursday, April 26, 2018
Minister of State, Joseph Harmon has strongly rejected a report as “false and malicious” which purports that the Director of Public Prosecution Shalimar Ali-Hack acted on a political instruction from the Ministry of the Presidency when she took the decision on Monday to discontinue the PPP instituted charges against Ministers Volda Lawrence and Dr. George Norton.
Minister Harmon responding today to the accusations made it clear that the DPP exercises her responsibilities without interference from the government.
“I can say categorically that no senior personnel from the Ministry of the Presidency instructed the DPP,” he stated, while on the sidelines of the 87th Sitting of the National Assembly.
The State Minister further described the accusation as being “all part of the PPP’s scheme.”
The Citizen’s Report website is widely accepted as being heavily pro-PPP and is known to be operated by PPP sympathizers.
He condemned and flayed the Opposition for attempting to vilify the DPP by conjuring reports suggesting that her decision to discontinue the charges against the government ministers were influenced by a directive from the MoTP.
He went further, rubbishing the report as being “ridiculous”.
The false article was published on Tuesday, April 24 last.
Attorney General Basil Williams has also dismissed these accusations maintaining that the office of the DPP operates autonomously and in accordance with the laws of Guyana.
Citizen’s Report works in tandem with other pro-PPP media outfits including Guyana Times, TVG, Radio Guyana, NTN and others. Ethics and professional journalistic standards have not been known to be their strong suit.
By: Stacy Carmichael