By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Former President, Bharrat Jagdeo has legally challenged the decision of Magistrate Charlilyn Artiga to place him on self-bail and restrict him from leaving the country.
Jagdeo was recently hauled before the Whim Magistrate’s Court where he was summarily charged for racial incitement as accused by political activist Christopher Ram.
As part of her decision, Artiga barred the former President from leaving the jurisdiction – a condition that has drawn the condemnation of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).
A copy of the petition which was acquired by iNews states that the bail condition would cause “onerous duty and grave hardship on your petitioner [Jagdeo] since he resides 75 miles away from Whim Magistrate’s Court and he can only seek permission to leave the jurisdiction on days that the case would be called.”
The application also states that the Magistrate failed to consider that the Former President may have medical emergencies and obligations that will require that he be out of the country.
Jagdeo contends that the Magistrate acted “unreasonably and capriciously” with the delivery of her ruling.
The affidavit, presented by Attorney at Law Murseline Bacchus, was filed in the Georgetown High Court and will be heard before the Chief Justice Ian Chang.
PPP in a press statement had said that the ruling was a violation of Jagdeo’s constitutional right.