By Tracey Khan – Drakes
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo failed to show up at the Whim Magistrate’s Court on Monday, April 20 to answer private criminal charge of uttering racially divisive remarks, filed against him by Chartered Accountant, Christopher Ram.
The case has since been postponed to May 25, to allow for the complainant’s lawyers to respond to arguments filed by Jagdeo’s lawyer, Senior Counsel Bernard DeSantos, who contended that the service was not “effected”; meaning Jagdeo was not served with the summons.
DeSantos said that he appeared at the hearing today out of courtesy upon learning of the matter. He pointed out that the complaint/charge filed by Ram provides no evidence than an offence was committed.
However, the Attorney representing Ram told the Court that the officer who was charged with the task of serving the summons was unsuccessful on two occasions after visiting Jagdeo’s home.
The Court heard that on one occasion, he was told that Jagdeo was sleeping and the security guard refused to accept the summons.
The charge required the former Guyanese leader to personally appear in court to plead guilty or not guilty.
Meanwhile, scores of Jagdeo’s supporters congregated outside the Whim Magistrate’s Court and called for the matter to be thrown out of court. Ram was forced to take another route after the supporters hurled insults and threats at him.
The charges 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, “The opposition consistently shout about the racism of the PPP but they practise racism. The opposition beat drums at six in the morning and say let us throw out those coolie people.”