[www.inewsguyana.com]– Alliance for Change (AFC) District Councilor Naieem Gafoor today (Wednesday, September 3), made an appearance before Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court to answer to a charge related to a protest in Mahdia last month over deplorable roads.
The 48-year-old defendant of Mahdia pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that on Monday, August 4 at 111 Miles Mahdia, Pataro he led a procession without first obtaining permission, in writing, from the police.
He was represented by Attorney-at-Law and AFC Leader Khemraj Ramjattan. Ramjattan told the Court that his client owns a spare parts shop and is married with four children.
He explained that Gafoor was protesting for better roads in Mahdia and gave the police a notification. However, the Police claimed he needed a permit.
The Defence Counsel said that his client has no prior convictions and was only doing what he felt was constitutional.
Ramjattan said too that Gafoor was placed on $18,000 station bail because there is no Magistrate’s Court in Mahdia and was subsequently brought to Georgetown.
Police Prosecutor Michael Grant did not oppose bail and Gafoor was released on his own recognizance. He will make his next Court appearance before Chief Magistrate PriyaS ewnarine-Beharry on September 8.