Ramjattan admits to directing Top Cop in probe against Charrandas Persaud

first_imgAlliance For Change (AFC) Chairman and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan admitted on Wednesday that he initiated the ongoing probe against the party’s expelled Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandas Persaud, whose vote in support of the Opposition’s no-confidence motion toppled the coalition Administration.Speaking at a press briefing at the AFC’s head office in Kitty, Georgetown, Ramjattan said that he caused an investigation to be launched after he received “certain” information concerning Persaud.“The personal involvement; yes, I got a call from Vice President Sydney Allicock indicating that there is someone that wants to give some information about Charrandas and his conduct, and indeed I then put the Commissioner of Police after speaking to Sydney Allicock. As a minister of security, if some information does come and it’s information you feel can go somewhere … he indicated to me certain things and I said Mr Commissioner, you better make a check on what’s happening and that’s it,” he said.Ramjattan further revealed that the preliminary assessment done by the AFC had shown that the former MP did not vote his conscience as was claimed.“The assessment is also, apart from Police investigations, is indicating that it could not have been a conscience vote … even the day when we [debated] the no-confidence [motion]; after we adjourned to have meals, he [Persaud] came to me and said ‘Khemraj, you did a wonderful speech, you proper knock them down heavy’, but it’s definitely blinded us,” the Minister pointed out.According to the Public Security Minister, Police Commissioner Leslie James is expected to pronounce on the probe sometime next week. It was only last week that James told reporters that a probe against the former MP, who is in Canada, is ongoing and he would only add that it was a matter of national security. Charrandas’s vote which gave the Opposition a 33 majority against Government is at the centre of multiple cases at the High Court which will be ruled upon by month-end by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC.Guyana Times reported on Tuesday the Judge rejected Government’s attempts to extend its time in office on the grounds of the ongoing no-confidence vote case as the court informed that the matters would all be expedited owing to their national significance. Both sides were given until January 18 to exchange legal submissions; January 21 for rebuttal submissions and in the case of Christopher Ram vs the Attorney General and the Speaker of the National Assembly, submissions will be heard on January 23.Oral submissions for Compton Reid vs the Attorney General, former MP Charrandas Persaud and the Speaker of the National Assembly will be heard on January 24 and for the case of the Attorney General vs the Speaker of the National Assembly and the Opposition Leader, oral submissions will be done on January 25. Following the passage of the no-confidence vote, elections are to be held in 90 days in keeping with the Constitution.last_img read more

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Passover celebrates freedom

first_imgThe football, his guests usually say, refers to the angel of the Lord passing over the Jewish homes and sparing their first-born sons. The history book often incites debate about whether the Exodus is the literal history of the Jewish people or a mythical story. And the corkscrew, well, some say it represents the work required to release the joy of life; others the treatment Pharaoh gave the Jews. “It’s the story of the Jews throughout history,” Kipnes said. “My kids are pretty comfortable and well off, and they need to learn from our history and our traditions that their responsibility is not to sit back and enjoy it but to bring others to the table, into freedom.” The eight-day holiday will be celebrated with tens of thousands of Seders in homes and synagogues for family, friends and strangers. The meals, like the objects on Kipnes’ table, are heavy with symbolism. Bitter herbs represent the pain of slavery. Leavened bread is removed from homes and replaced with matzo because the Jews didn’t have time to let the bread rise before fleeing Egypt. The Haggada, a tract that retells the Exodus, guides the Seder. Many Haggadot are written with modernized messages, such as focusing three decades ago on the plight of Soviet Jews or calling attention to contemporary genocides. By highlighting their own flight from slavery during Passover, Jews experience an annual call to pursue social justice and free the oppressed. “If you see yourself as having been a slave in Egypt and having been freed from Egyptian slavery, you are supposed to become much more sensitive to all those who are enslaved in the world today,” said Rabbi Eli Herscher of Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel-Air. “You’ve never arrived in the Promised Land until all people are living in freedom.” At Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish addiction recovery center in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, 250 people gathered for a Seder titled “Addiction: The New Egypt.” Half there supported the residents and the other half were recovering addicts, like Jacob Sandomire, 32 of Seattle. “Exodus is leaving your slavery,” Sandomire said. “My slavery was to an addictive lifestyle of immediate gratification. Now I am learning to have a goal – like the Promised Land.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dinner table at Rabbi Paul Kipnes’ house was topped Monday night with more than the ceremonial food associated with commemorating the Exodus from Egypt. The arrangement of bitter herbs, parsley and matzo also included a football, history book and corkscrew. The purpose of Passover, which began at sundown Monday, is to remind Jews of their deliverance from Pharaoh and to educate Jewish children about the seminal story of their people. So Kipnes, leader of Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, regularly uses props to spark discussion on Passover. last_img read more

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