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Gov’t legal rep lies about Justice Patterson’s past portfolios

Solicitor General, Kim Kyte is blatantly denying that Justice James Patterson, who was unconstitutionality appointed as the Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), served in several key government positions.

Kyte, who is representing the Attorney General, Basil Williams in an ongoing legal proceeding on the contentious appointment of the GECOM Chairman, denied that Justice Patterson served as the Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the Camp Street Prison unrest.

However, media reports and the official gazette confirms that Justice Patterson headed the COI.

READ MEDIA REPORT HERE

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In fact, the COI Report in Justice Patterson’s name was recently tabled in the National Assembly.

Former Attorney General, Mr. Mohabir Anil Nandlall had legally challenged the appointment of retired Justice Patterson as the Chairman of GECOM on several grounds. Some of the reasons advanced by Nandlall were debunked by the Solicitor General however, reports prove that she is erroneous.

The Solicitor General, in her Affidavit in response to the challenge filed by Nandlall, denied a number of points which were raised to prove why Justice Patterson is not fit and proper to serve as GECOM Chairman.

The Solicitor General denied that Justice Patterson was never a religious leader.

However, in Justice Patterson’s CV, he clearly states that he was a religious leader.
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The Solicitor General also denied that Justice Patterson is a member of the advisory committee on the prerogative of mercy appointed by the President.

However, the records show quite the contrary.

READ MEDIA REPORT FROM THE MINISTRY OF THE PRESIDENCY HERE

Kyte further denied that Justice Patterson was part of a panel to review applications for the Chief Justice and Chancellor. However, again, reports show that he indeed was part of such a panel.

READ MEDIA REPORT HERE

Additionally, the Solicitor General denied that Justice Patterson was a pallbearer at the private funeral service of the late president Desmond Hoyte. However, Justice Patterson himself admitted to media operatives that he indeed was a good friend of the former leader of the People’s National Congress (PNC).

READ MEDIA REPORT HERE

The matter is up for hearing on November 16, 2017 before Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire.

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