Is Mr. Jagdeo’s day of reckoning coming soon? – commentary

Is Mr. Jagdeo’s day of reckoning coming soon?

Jagdeo at News Conference

Former President Bharrat Jagdeo

June 22, 2015 | By | Filed Under Editorial

Note: – Court case continues at the Whim Magistrate’s Court today – June 22, 2015.

The nation waits with baited breath as former President Bharrat Jagdeo and his phalanx of lawyers trek to the Whim Magistrates’ Court today to answer charges of alleged racism.

All eyes will be on the young and perhaps the most beautiful Magistrate, Charlyn Artiga, who gained prominence when she threatened to issue an arrest warrant for Mr. Jagdeo, who failed to attend court. It was a very bold decision by Ms. Artiga to discipline Mr. Jagdeo who had always felt that he was above the law. 

A case in point was in 2010 when Mr. Jagdeo sued Kaieteur News and Columnist Freddie Kissoon for $10 million but refused to go to court on his own behalf. And strangely enough, the Judge did nothing, which suggests that he was fearful of Mr. Jagdeo but at the same time, enabled him to disrespect the justice system.

Whether or not Mr. Jagdeo will be found guilty is neither here nor there, but the most important issue is that as a private citizen, he had to be rebuked for his disrespect of the country’s jurisprudence.

It should be made clear that if the PPP was still in office, Magistrate Artiga would have been fired just as how the PPP fired Magistrate Geeta Edmonds who was about to sentence the son of the former Prime Minister, Sam Hinds.

Mr. Jagdeo’s actions have been a disgrace to the nation. By disrespecting the Court, he has not only embarrassed himself but he has also spoofed his followers. He has descended to more of a farce and the sad story is:
Where will it all end? The justice system which he had ignored for years has finally put its grip on him. Many of his colleagues at Freedom House have shed crocodile tears while others were bursting with uncontrolled laughter at his buffoonery.

They are amazed as to why he had believed that he could have ignored the court without consequences. He has caused his own legal problems and therefore must accept the penalties. As the saying goes, “if you do the crime, you must do the time.”

Mr. Jagdeo’s legal woes began when Mr. Christopher Ram, a Charted Accountant claimed that he had made racist comments on March 8, 2015 at Babu Jaan during the ceremony to honour Dr. Jagan. According to Mr. Ram, Mr. Jagdeo’s utterances could have resulted in racial or ethnic unrest or hatred among the people and as a result, he filed criminal charges against him.

This is a first for Guyana that a private citizen has filed criminal charges against a former President for allegedly using racial remarks. At first, Mr. Jagdeo did not take the charges seriously and did not attend court when the case was called in late March. But the PPP was in power and he felt that he could do anything and get away with it.That changed on May 11 when the PPP was defeated.

If convicted, the case could drag on for a long time, with Mr. Jagdeo likely to appeal the verdict all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice, which serves as the highest court of appeals on civil and criminal matters. It will cost him a pretty good sum of money which he has in abundance.

But no amount of money can take away the embarrassment he has caused himself and the damage to his reputation. His outrageous pension of over $3 million dollars per month has already impaired his character. No other Head of State in the Caribbean is entitled to such a huge pension. So, why Guyana? The answer is Mr. Jagdeo believes that he is entitled to use the country’s resources how he wants because he is invincible.

Appointed as President of Guyana in 1999 and put in charge of the country. Despite all the warnings to Mrs. Jagan that she was making a terrible mistake, she went ahead and appointed him. Since then, he has embarrassed the people and the country through what has since come to pass.

He will forever be remembered as the former President who has allowed gross mismanagement, massive crime and most of all, rampant corruption, to take hold of the country. Before he came to power, Guyana was known for the massacre at Jonestown; today, it is branded as one of the most corrupt countries in the Caribbean and beyond.

As if Mr. Jagdeo did not have enough on his plate already, his legal problems were compounded by political invectives by the former President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and PPP delegate Mr. Clinton Urling, who publicly called on him step aside and allow the PPP to become credible and trustworthy again. He blamed the PPP defeat on Mr. Jagdeo’s vulgar, abusive and character assassination speeches during the campaign.

This is a clear indication that Mr. Jagdeo is being strangled by his own demons and is drowning in his own vengeance. Will Monday June 22 be the day of reckoning for him? The nation awaits the answer.

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  • de castro  On 06/22/2015 at 4:27 am

    No one is above the law…..not even the Queen or King…..
    Charles 1st V Cromwell sorted that out.
    The king lost his head….literally.

    Charges…..blasphemy….claimed he was GOD.


    NOT AS SERIOUS BUT CERTAINLY “abuse” “cuss down” racially motivated.

    Regardless of verdict/sentence the “stigmata” will stick……his legacy he will have
    to reconcile. Shameful senseless behaviour/attitude
    Let’s not scapegoat the man who was allowed to demonstrate the
    “ARROGANCE OF POWER” abused.

    Justice will be done law respected.

  • chandra ksingh  On 06/22/2015 at 11:13 am

    It’s a frivolous charge brought about by a wannabe..Christopher Ram. Dr. Jagdeo spoke the truth and the truth will live forever!

  • Restorer  On 06/22/2015 at 6:05 pm

    Mr. Jagdeo’s behaviour on the campaign trail was shameful and disgraceful. Obviously the PPP is proud of his performance as evidenced by the receipt of a whopping 49% of the votes. For me as a Guyanese educator, I am ashamed of how my fellow Guyanese can look at evil and call it good. My values are straightforward. Even if I voted for you, if you do something wrong, I will call it wrong. Mr. Jagdeo, your action at Whim was evil, because your remarks were construed to induce feeling of hatred, anger and fear in Indian Guyanese against their African Guyanese brothers and sisters. You were wrong to do so regardless of how many votes you gained. The end does not justify the means..

  • Deen  On 06/22/2015 at 8:35 pm

    Bharat Jagdeo has done irreparable damage to Guyana and as a result of his poor leadership he has done great disservice and injustice to the people. His arrogance and dominant attitude has cause many to dislike him. He’s a failed and is indeed an apology as a leader. Perhaps the new administration should review his outrageous pension and modify it to a more modest standard. His pension should be based on his performance, in which case it would be below standard.

  • Gigi  On 06/22/2015 at 10:41 pm

    Jagdeo is one of the smartest if not the smartest person Guyana ever produced hence the reason the ABC countries tried so hard to get rid of him when they realized he couldn’t be induced/seduced. Now they have replaced Guyana’s brains with a bunch of nitwits who suit their purposes. Notice the first thing these folks had to do when they were rigged into office was to fly to the US to get the nanochip in their head replaced/uploaded along with new clothes with smart chips embedded in them so as to keep a double strong hold on the mind control. Notice too how the new massas of the ABC countries are all over the place in Guyana speaking on and for Guyana and ensuring that their new slaves are responding to their exact conditioning. Sorry dear Guyanese but your new robotic govt is not designed for your benefit. Notice their new cryptic and measured speech? That’s what call programming. You people really do need to read more….however, you are a fascinating bunch.

  • guyaneseonline  On 06/23/2015 at 2:35 am

    Jagdeo absent from court, unwell
    June 22, 2015 – Stabroek News

    Former President Bharrat Jagdeo was a no show for his court case at the Whim Magistrate’s Court this morning and one of his attorney Murseline Bacchus told the court that he was ill and asked for an adjournment.

    Former President Bharrat Jagdeo greeting supporters at the last court appearance.
    The attorney in his submissions said too that last week he had delivered a letter to Magistrate Charlyn Artiga indicating that Jagdeo would be unable to attend court and an explanation was given in the document.

    The case has since been adjourned to July 13 for 10 am

    Jadgeo last month made his first court appearance on a charge of making racially divisive statements in contravention of section 139D of The Representation of the People Act, Cap 1:02. The private criminal action was brought against him by chartered accountant Christopher Ram. Ram was present at court today. The controversial statements by Jagdeo had been made at a remembrance ceremony for the late president Cheddi Jagan at Babu John, Port Mourant on March 8.

  • Deen  On 06/23/2015 at 3:34 pm

    Gigi, your statement: “Jagdeo is one of the smartest if not the smartest person Guyana ever produced” obviously indicates how little you know of the luminaries and the brilliant and smartest people of Guyana. Bharat Jadeo does not qualify to be in such an elite group. His credentials, character, questionable code of ethics, and political performance show him deficient as “one of the smartest if not the smartest person Guyana ever produced.” Also, your statement reflects poorly on the intelligent people of Guyana and highly questions your IQ and intelligence.
    Perhaps Bharat Jadeo is your idol,….if he is, then you may need to reevaluate your standard of values. Personally, Bharat Jadeo is certainly not one of the intellectual minds in Guyana.

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