Jagdeo a no show at Whim court; reportedly sick

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Former President Bharrat Jagdeo arriving at Whim Magistrate Court during his last appearance. [GT Mosquito Photo]
Former President Bharrat Jagdeo arriving at Whim Magistrate Court during his last appearance. [GT Mosquito Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo did not appear at the Whim Magistrates’ court on Monday, June 22 due to an illness which is unknown to the press.

A medical certificate was presented to Magistrate Charlyn Artiga stating Jagdeo’s illness and the matter is now scheduled ‎for July 13. The medical leave was reportedly given by one Dr. Kumara and is dated June 20.

The former President was charged with racial incitement as was alleged by political activist Christopher Ram. The former President was not required to plea to the charge when he last appeared at the court and was released on his own recognizance. He was also ordered to stay in the country

The charge against Jagdeo stemmed from remarks he made at Babu John, Port Mourant in March at the commemorative event for late Presidents Cheddi and Janet Jagan.

The former President had said, “they shout about racism of the PPP, but they practise racism. They whisper campaigns. In the last elections they went to some of the Afro- Guyanese villages and beat some drums at 6 O’clock in the morning and say let us throw out these coolie people. Get up, go out and vote, throw out the coolie people. That’s the kind of language they use. Anybody from our party who uses that sort of language, we will kick them out.”

Ram in his charge argued that Jagdeo’s statement “can result in racial or ethnic violence or hatred among the people” as set out in Section 139 D of the Representation of the People Act. Under the Act, if found guilty Jagdeo faces a fine of $100,000 and two years’ imprisonment.

Jagdeo however is of the view that the Opposition is using Ram to muzzle him indicating that the effort is aimed at intimidating him to the point where he will stop appearing on the PPP/C campaign stage. He however made it clear that he has every intention of continuing to speak in favour of the PPP/C and against its challenger, APNU+A‎FC.

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  1. its called negotiation; while we fuss and raise our blood pressure, negotiations are going on. Any bets the case gets dropped? Then Jagdeo reigns again!!!

  2. This is truly BS. Get a court appointed doctor to check his sudden diagnosis and after which prounce him well enough to stand trial for his racist, wicked and vindictive tongue. RAC . HATER!!!

  3. no matter what he does he will always be seen as a scamp who hides away from facing what he needs to do…HOpe the nice young lady magistrate jails his a**e and send as message that messing with court time is not appropriate and this man wants to be the leader of the opposition…good,hope they are put of politics for an eternity with trash like that at the helm…just goes to show if that the best they have on offer then god help the PPP…

  4. whatever happen to freedom of speech even if it’s despicable too bad Ram did not think slo fya more fya is not bad o Well

  5. The court should order a second opinion and use a court appointed doctor to test him for what ever illness Dr. Kumara says he has. I think they are using stalled tactics. Or can this case move forward without his presence?

    This is the type of past the PPP had in inciting and scaring the voters about other races and other parties and they continue to do the same, so jagdo did it to get the same results to win votes and create division and hate for other races. However this time he was caught. Great that the Peope Act is in place. We saw what was done in the past which continued to divide the nation especially the older Guyanese PPP members. However the younger generation continue to work for integration and unity but at time are influenced by the old philosophy of hate. So an example must be shown.

  6. Shame shame shame. The Kings new suit of clothes Oh how the mighty have fallen. Let’s see how long he will be sick. Its hard to hold back the inevitable. This moon run till day ketch E. All hail to King jadgeo!!!

  7. He did not show up the first time. He had to be threatened with arrest before he showed up the second time. And now he is sick so he did not show up the third time.
    The court should still go ahead and render its verdict in his absence based on the evidence tendered, because even Gecom’s Media Monitoring Unit called out Jagdeo foe in racially divisive and inflammatory rhetoric.
    A guilty verdict will mean he cannot ever hold public office again.
    Only Ian Chang can save Jagdeo and the PPP!

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