Jagdeo, Magistrate Artiga faceoff over racial incitement charge

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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 Dr Bharrat Jadgeo has launched a legal challenge over the decision of Berbice-based Magistrate Charlyn Artiga to slap him with a charge of racial incitement as was alleged by political activist Christopher Ram.

Information reaching iNews indicated that Jagdeo filed the motion in the Berbice High Court before Justice William Ramlall and the matter was  is scheduled to come up for hearing on July 17.

The former President was charged with racial incitement as was alleged by Ram and was not required to plea to the charge when he first appeared at the court and was released on his own recognizance.

The charge against Jagdeo stemmed from remarks he made at Babu

Magistrate Charlyn Artiga
Magistrate Charlyn Artiga

John, Port Mourant in March at the commemorative event for late Presidents Cheddi Jagan 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’s lawyers are challenging the decision made by the Magistrate to charge him contending that it lacked proper reasoning.

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  1. @Veronika,since u wondering about my intelligrnce LADY BIRD. REGARLESS OF A RAM OR EWE,OR you, WHOM EVER FILED THE MOTIONS,as u ststed at the end of the day The Artiga Lady will is NOT CONCERNED WHOM FILED THEMOTIONS,EVEN IF ITS YOU,SIMPLY CYZ SHE WILL HAVE TO DECIDE IF THAT WAS A RACIAL SLURR USED BY UR BEST FRIEND JAGDEO LOLZ LOLZ HEHEEHEHE!!!! Takecare,Enjoy ur day!!

  2. Politics is DOWN RIGHT DIRTY….THATS THE NAME N GAME OF POLITICS!!! U have to rrspond directly to what it ststes n says N NOT OF WHAT IT IS NOT SPEAKING OF OTHER ISSUES UNLESS ASKED!

  3. @VERONIKA BARBIERI!!! TBH ,IF YOU READ THE BLOGS OF INEWS ,I WAS ONLY RESPONDING to the postings of the media just wat it stated THE FORMER PRES WAS REPEATING WORDS OFCERTAIN PPL HE SAYS ABOUT COLIE AND [email protected] AM N WAKING People up etc etc,…….the POINT IS LADY,The guy was saying wat ppl or some1 said,which to me as the media states its not coming directly from him…..HOWEver lady if he has PROOF THAT WAS NOT FROM HIM THEN IT WONT BE DIRECTLY RACIAL FROM HIM,SO can you calm down and read what the media posted….IM ONLY RESPONDING TO WHAT TJE MEDIA POSTED,DONT KNOW WHAT U RRSPONDING TO OR ABOUT,SEEMS U HAVE ALOT OF ANGER,N AS LONG THERE IS ANGER THEN ONE WONT NE ABLE TO FOLLOW DIRECTLY! Calm down!!!…BE BLESSED!

  4. Imagine he got a child charged and stained for raising a middle finger and now he has done the distasteful thing called inciting racial violence and trying to still intimidate the workers of the laws of Guyana. I would not be surprised if Ramlall bowed to Jagdeo’s intention.

  5. Not a thing wrong with her intelligence. He is being charged with RACIAL INCITEMENT. With is, *deliberately provoking hatred of a racial group, *making inflammatory public speeches and *inciting inflammatory rumours about an individual or an ethnic group, for the purpose of spreading racial discontent. If you don’t understand that then basically getting up on a podium and giving a speech about a racial group that hates you is a crime.. in many countries. Now do you see why he will most likely be found guilty? Glad i could help.

  6. So. In court, the ex – president must bring forth his witnesses who heard these words and the names of the persons who spoke these words, including the villages where this happened et cetera. Defend your assertions, sir. Why do you want this case thrown out?

  7. Anna I wonder about your intelligence??? It was ram who filed the charges under section 139D which was used to highlight possible incitement to racial violence.Its the magistrate judgement to decide if what he was eluding to in his speech breeched the act….

  8. I keep posting my occasional blogs. Because i know they will not be posted. All these media has become puppets and gutless to print anything against the PNC Government.

  9. its abitter pill for the thief jagdeo to swallow but it was all nice for him to direct police and judges who to jail and charge for treason he doesnt have that power anymore he is an ordinary citizen now so all the laws of vguyana is aplicable to hin that is what he cannot take the f ing thief jail his ass for life

  10. This Artiga judge? I wonder about her intelligence? The former president WAS SAYING that is what the other ppl say when they vote,HE WASNT SAYING THOSE ARE HIS WORDS COMING FROM HIM DIRECTLY…SO HOW IS IT RACIAL when a person is saying something ANOTHER PERSON WAS SAYING TO OTHERS?

  11. Inews Dr. And jagdeo don’t even go together. You are doing those who burned the midnight oil to have conferred on them an earned degree a disservice. That Dr title like everything else this person got for free is not deserved. He can run but will not be able to hide forever.

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