GCB Executives are in contempt of court (Letter to the Sports Editor)


Mr. Fenton Ramsahoye’s ‘opinion’ published in the media as a paid advertisement is exactly what the title conveys – an opinion, his. That opinion is at odds with those of other legal luminaries.

It is presumptuous and somewhat disrespectful as Chief Justice Acting Ian Chang, on 5th December 2012, had summoned the lawyers involved in the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) matter and reminded them that the injunction against the GCB Executives Members was still in force.

Consequently, the Law firm of Fraser, Housty and Yearwood issued its considered opinion that, by continuing to hold themselves out as the GCB Executives, those persons had breached the injunction which amounted to contempt of court (letter attached).

Mr. Ramsahoye’s advice made public, for the respondents (the illegal GCB Executives) to ‘strongly resist the order made against them’ constitutes a blatant disregard for the law, since the Chief Justice Acting is the authority and whether anyone agrees or disagrees with his ruling, that ruling must be respected by all parties. Mr. Ramsahoye is therefore showing some amount of contempt for the very law he is expected to uphold.

It is interesting that the Law firm Satram and Satram should seek to engage the services of   Mr. Ramsahoye for the interpretation of the explicit ruling made by the Chief Justice Acting. Perhaps the intention was to have a big name associated with the opinion. Both the opinion and its publication would have cost tidy sums. It is totally unacceptable for the illegal GCB Executives to continue to utilize large sums of GCB money to finance the services of an array of lawyers including Mr. Fenton Ramsahoye, Mr. K. A. Juman-Yassin, Mr. Roysdale Ford, Mr. Sanjeev Dattadin and Messrs Satram and Satram. Those monies were expected to be spent to develop cricket at all levels including youth development at the schools.

We once again call on the Government of Guyana to defend the law by moving for contempt against the following persons who continue to hold themselves out as officers and Executives Members of the GCB: Ramsey Ali, Fizul Bacchus, Alfred Mentore, Anand Sanasie, Dru Bahadur, Anand Kalladeen, Colin Europe, Terrence Holder, Rayon Griffith, Nazimul Drepaul, Troy Mendonca, Chetram Singh and Lionel Jaikarran.

Finally, a process has begun where a Guyana Cricket Administration has been presented to Parliament pursuant to ending the impasse in Guyana’s Cricket. Because Parliament is representative of the people of Guyana, Cricket Stakeholders throughout the country have accepted and supported this important process.
Sadly however, the illegal GCB Executives have once again exhibited great disrespect by rejecting the Parliamentary process and are attempting to hold unconstitutional elections.

It is high time for this dishonourable group to face the consequences of their reprehensible actions.

Yours sincerely

National Cricket Stakeholders Group