A petition was filed this morning requesting the intervention from Chancellor Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards to remove Magistrate Alex Moore from presiding over the proceedings against Marcus Bisram, who is accused of masterminding the murder of a Corentyne carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt.
While it was requested that the names of the persons who signed and submitted the petition to remain confidential, Stabroek News was told that the petitioners argued that Magistrate Moore’s demeanor at the Whim Magistrate’s Court “both in action and language, was openly prejudicial in favor of the defendant and the defendant’s attorney, Mr. Sanjeev Datadin”. “His conduct was clearly inimical to the justice sought by the aggrieved family of the murdered victim,” the petition adds.
In the argument on the petition, it was highlighted that during the court proceedings “the magistrate never allowed the prosecutor to present her case with coherence, clarity and logical sequence”. It stated, “He (Moore) and Mr. Datadin in obscenely loud voices, continuously interrupted the prosecutor in an effort to disorient her argument. It was perceptibly evident that the magistrate demonstrated no interest in having the matter methodically presented by the prosecutor. Falling into fits of unjustifiable rage, he often banged his fist on the table and became vociferously menacing towards the prosecutor. In monopolizing the court hearing, he overtly attempted to drive fear into her and silence into docile submission. The method he utilized was an obvious deviation from established and time honored practice in judicial considerations”.
Furthermore, the petition said, “The bias and flagrant transgression of judiciary sanctity exhibited by Mr. Moore, and in which Mr. Datadin was egregiously complicit are manifestly conspicuous enough to leave one in doubt or to arouse suspicion whether the magistrate’s honor and integrity must not have compromised or influenced by lucrative factors which are incompatible with fairness and judicial probity”.
The petition also stressed, that while the magistrate has a duty to execute responsibilities devolved upon his office, he must do so dispassionately and with complete fidelity to the highest standard of jurisprudence. “He must be neutral or appear to be neutral in carrying out the mandate of his status”.
As a result, they request that the Chancellor have Magistrate Moore recuse himself in the best interest of the justice.
Bisram was extradited to Guyana late last month and was remanded to prison after he was charged with procuring and commanding the murder of Faiyaz Narinedatt in 2016. The charge states that between October 31st, 2016 and November 1st, 2016, at Number 70 Village, Corentyne, he counselled, procured and commanded Harri Paul Parsram, Radesh Motie, Niran Yacoob, Diodath Datt and Orlando Dickie to murder Narinedatt.