Basil Williams Shares Legal Perspective on Linden Crisis

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Roger is joined by Mr Basil Williams on At Home with Roger to discuss some facts and share a legal perspective on the current political and social climate in Guyana.

Mr. Basil Williams has 27 years experience as an attorney-at-law, his first position in the profession being Legal Assistant to the Executive President of Guyana (Mr. L.F.S. Burnham – 1983 -1985 and Mr. H.D. Hoyte – 1985-1988). During this time he has had the opportunity to attend conferences of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, represent Guyana at the Caribbean Congress of Labour and serve as a City Councilor. All of this enabled him to observe the inner workings of government from the highest office in the land.

At the end of that period Mr Williams embarked on his phenomenal path of building his own private practice and has become a well known household name due to his numerous high profile cases and equally successful results. Mr. Williams has emerged as the best trial lawyer of his generation.

He has been a member of the Central Executive Committee of the People’s National Congress since 2001 and he has been involved in matters including Labour and Trade Unions while also serving as the party’s Chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee (2001 -2003) where he spearheaded the legal thrust against extra-judicial killings and other breaches of the rule of law including human rights. He was elected Vice-Chairman of the Party in 2004.

In 2003 he was elected as a Member of Parliament and has since been the Shadow Minister for Public Service Ministry, Ministry of Labour and Local Government. As a Parliamentarian Mr Williams has and continues to serve on many Committees of Parliament including the Appointments Committee, Disciplined Forces Committee and the recently constituted Parliamentary Standing Committee on Oversight of the Security Sector

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