Jagdeo charged with racial incitement

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Former President Bharrat Jagdeo arriving at Whim Magistrate Court.
Former President Bharrat Jagdeo arriving at Whim Magistrate Court. [GT Mosquito Photo] 
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President Bharrat Jagdeo on Monday May 25 appeared at the Whim Magistrates Court where he was formally charged with racial incitement as was alleged by political activist Christopher Ram.

The case was called at 9:00 hrs, however Jagdeo was absent from the Court House and his lawyers informed Magistrate Charilyn Artiga that the former President was stuck at the Berbice River Bridge due to a bridge closure.

Jagdeo subsequently arrived at the court at 11:00hrs where the charge was read to him. The former President was not required to plead. He was released on his own recognisance and has been ordered to stay in the country.  A Preliminary Inquiry is set for June 23.

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.

Christopher Ram.
Christopher Ram.

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.

14 COMMENTS

  1. ramjattan said he will go with gusto after white collar criminals…cris ram did in fact evade taxes…glen lall evade taxes–nigel hughes evade taxes..i say mo more

  2. all the fighting with u people god is incharge of every thing life is short why yall na live happy work eat and stop all the fighting we can be a rich man when we dead all of us go in the dirt a few days ago man was srtong he get all the riches he walk in he yard and said he fell bad the rush with him to thw hospital by time he reach he dead i am trying to say live happy with people no matter what happen be nice

  3. you know whats funny when the ppp came into power if they were to jail people honestly that would have been the end of the then pnc, however here you talking about jailing him. all of the senior members of the apnu/afc party were thieves back then but no one opened their mouths in the ppp and said jail them

  4. very good start weeding out the thorns among us please. jagdeo says he has a doctorate in what racism, arrogance n theft u cant expect better jail him I say jail him make him an example to the Guyanese people, he is a thief n a liar he is the real kick down the door bandit of this beautiful country he is a born racis jail the no class no character bastard please.

  5. I hope he’s found guilty. The morality and intelligence of this man is “0”. This was a former leader of a country?

  6. Gimme a f***ing break!!! Well now a lot of pnc can be charged! Maybe we should extract a few on social media

  7. by the way who the hell is mr barhat jagao? 3 millions dollars? oh god u r really an educated asshole

  8. These tokens are jokers.
    We have seen stooges before.
    They are dime a dozen for a few pieces of silver.

  9. All of you only talk about the members of the PPP. What about the people of APNU and their supporters? Justice will have to be served to everyone if Jagdeo has to go to jail. Remember not too long ago both parties were preaching raceism not only Jagdeo and the PPP. Don’t forget also about the pissing and burning of the ppp flag and the stoning of the ministers in South also let’s not forget the comments on Facebook and the vulgarity shown in Buxton. This should not be a one sided affair.

  10. rasheed, yuh chupit or yuh foolish? you tink granger go cut he own pension of 3 million dallars a month? foh please who? a half starved nonentity like you? ress yuself ,rasheed , ress yuself.

  11. we need to make example, of this kind of remarks,it good to start at the head, so the dummys , will see what happen to the head dummy, and they will , brush on thier vocabualary,

    maybe we all, need educated leader, s, our leaders need to, speak and write proper english, it should be a cretiera, for others to follow, and learn to adress the
    public properly, to make sense, we are one people, should we still pay him , 3 million a month still,

    i calling on mr granger, our president, to please, review, mr barhat jagao, 3 millions dollars a month , from the people of this country

    note, the president, of uraguay, in south america, drives a beetle , vok, wagon. has no bodygaurds, and gives half his salary back to the people of his country
    thats a peoples presidents, google it and confirm,,,,thank u

  12. Now we are getting some traction, well let keep it going please. And also Anil the former AG what about him please investigate him as well for all his comments and wrong doing please.

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