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Basil Williams removed from representing Guyana in major border case

The Government of Guyana has removed the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Basil Williams from any involvement in the border case, citing the need for greater expertise.

The border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela is heading to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for final settlement and the Guyana Government has opted to hiring a team of international lawyers.

Over the years, Williams has received tremendous criticisms over his failure to win any major cases in which he has to represent the government.

In defending his own track record as Attorney General in this regard, Williams had declared that all the cases he is likely to win just haven’t come up yet.

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge assured that Williams will not be representing Guyana in the border case.

According to a report from the government’s information department, “Minister Greenidge emphasised that the issue will not be represented by the Attorney General and his chamber; rather an international team will represent Guyana’s case when it goes to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).”

Minister Greenidge is quoted as saying that “You require expertise in different areas in terms of what the court will look at, treaty issues, border issues, so we will choose a team based on that and this will be overwhelmingly an international team.”

Since its assumption to office, Government represented by the AG has lost several cases at the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and in the local courts to large companies, private citizens, and to attorney-at-law and former Attorney General, Mr. Mohabir Anil Nandlall.

In its most recent ruling against the state, a $446M judgment in favour of Dipcon Engineering, The CCJ criticized the AG for failing to appeal the Supreme Court’s judgment within the prescribed period, noting that it was “unacceptable”.

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