… released on 0,000 bail each… lawyers argue politically inspired charges, lack of evidenceSix former members of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) were on Friday charged with fraudulent omission. The charge came one day after they had been summoned by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for questioning in relation to the operations of the GRDB between the years 2011 and 2015.People’s Progressive Party Members of Parliament Dharamkumar Seeraj and Nigel Dharamlall; former Deputy General Manager of GRDB, Ricky Ramraj; former GRDB General Manager Jagnarine Singh; former GRDB Board member Badrie Persaud; and former Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Prema Roopnarine, appeared on Friday before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer a string of charges to which they were not required to plead.The first charge they face allege that, in 2011, the defendants omitted to enter some $52 million in the GRDB ledger; while the second charge stated that the then board members omitted to enter a sum of $77.3 million into the said ledger.Other charges read that between the years 2014 and 2015, the sums of $130 million, $9.7 million and $145 million were respectively omitted from the GRDB register.The former members of the GRDB were flanked by executive members of the PPP/C, who flooded the courtroom in support of their comrades. They were represented by a team of attorneys comprising Priya Manickchand, Anil Nandlall, Sase Gunraj and Glenn Hanoman.The defendants were each placed on $500,000 bail by the Chief Magistrate, who cast a deaf ear to the pleas of the lawyers to have their clients released on their own recognizance.PoliticsSpeaking to media operatives following the proceedings, Nandlall contended that the charges should not have been instituted because there allegedly is no evidence to support them.He questioned why only five persons were selected from a 16-member board and charged.And Opposition Parliamentarian and Attorney-at-law, Priya Manickchand, deemed the charges “politically inspired” by the APNU/AFC government in efforts to shut down the Opposition and distract the country from Government’s failed policies and mismanagement.
1 Blackburn 1-4 NorwichJacob Murphy scored Norwich’s first goal of the season after 12 minutes in what became a nightmare managerial debut for Owen Coyle. Wes Hoolahan doubled the lead just five minutes later, with Cameron Jerome finishing off a well-work team goal to make it 3-0 to the visitors before the 25 minute mark. Hoolahan then turned provider, setting up Steven Naismith for the fourth goal of the game in the second half. Anthony Stokes did net a debut goal for the hosts, but it was nothing more than a consolation goal in what was a horror start for Coyle at Ewood Park.Nottingham Forest 4-3 Burton AlbionChampionship debutants Burton failed to enjoy a dream start in the second tier, losing to Nottingham Forest despite putting in a spirited performance. The hosts lost goalkeeper Dorus de Vries through injury early in the game, although they managed to take the lead – Britt Assombalonga grabbing the first goal of Philippe Montanier’s managerial reign. However, Lucas Akins equalised four minutes later, before Lloyd Dyer put the Brewers in front with a fine left-footed finish. Thomas Lam restored parity just before the break, and Oliver Burke restored the hosts lead early in the second period. The hosts then took the game beyond Burton, with goalscorers Burke and Assombalonga combining for the latter to grab his second, and Forest’s fourth, of the game. Tom Naylor scored a third for Burton, but they were unable to net the equalising goal before the final whistle blew.Rotherham 2-2 WolvesAlan Stubbs and Walter Zenga were facing off in their managerial debuts for their new clubs, and it was the latter who was dealt the first blow. Danny Ward headed Rotherham in front inside the opening 10 minutes, before Will Vaulks grabbed a second for the hosts with a screamer on the 20 minute mark. George Saville managed to reduce the deficit on the cusp of half-time, but Dominic Iorfa was shown a red card early in the second period to truly put the pressure on the visitors. However, they fought back to equalise, recent arrival Jon Dadi Bodvarsson netting the tying goal. The 10-men of Wolves managed to hold on to claim a point, with Zenga’s men putting in an impressive showing after going two goals behind.Bristol City 2-1 WiganBobby Reid scored an injury time winner for Bristol City, as they started the season with a home win over Championship new boys Wigan. Alex Gilbey scored the Latics’ first goal of the season following their return to the second tier, but Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham scrambled the ball home to equalise in the second half. Reid then secured all three points for the hosts, deflecting Gary O’Neil’s attempt past Adam Bogdan in the Wigan goal.Huddersfield 2-1 BrentfordElias Kachunga netted the first goal of the season for Huddersfield as David Wagner’s men started the campaign with a win over Brentford. The Terriers loanee headed home Tommy Smith’s cross early in the second half to hand the hosts the lead, but the visitors pulled level through Nico Yennaris. However, there was not parity for long, as Kasey Palmer netted the winner for Huddersfield with his debut goal having signed on loan from Chelsea over the summer.Ipswich Town 4-2 BarnsleyGrant Ward enjoyed a dream debut for Ipswich following his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur, netting a hat-trick in just 45 minutes in a resounding win over Barnsley. Coming on at half-time, Ward scored with his first touch, although the lead was short-lived, as Conor Hourihane equalised just three minutes later. Ward put the hosts back ahead shortly after, and a David McGoldrick penalty extended the lead further just after the 60 minute mark. Marley Watkins headed home a Hourihane delivery to reduce the lead, but the former Spurs youngster put the result beyond all doubt with his hat-trick goal in the final 10 minutes.Reading 1-0 PrestonJaap Stam celebrated a win in his managerial debut at the Madejski Stadium, as Reading beat Preston 1-0 to open their campaign. Summer signing from Chelsea John Swift grabbed the opening goal in the first half, and the hosts managed to hold on for all three points with a solid performance.Birmingham 0-0 CardiffAn entertaining game only ended as a scoreless draw due to impressive goalkeeping performances from Tomasz Kusczak and David Marshall. The former kept Peter Whittingham out brilliantly, whilst Frederic Gounongbe also missed an open goal for the visitors in the first half. Marshall then earned his stripes in the second period, making solid saves from Diego Fabbrini and Jack Storer.Derby 0-0 BrightonTwo teams expected to be fighting for promotion this season could only start the campaign with a bore draw at the iPro Stadium. The visitors had more chances, but Tom Ince had the best opportunity of the game, forcing a fine point-black save from Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale in the opening stages. Tomer Hemed twice tested Scott Carson, but the Rams did enough to earn a point in Nigel Pearson’s managerial debut. talkSPORT brings you all the details of Saturday’s Championship action