BY KRISTEN MACKLINGAM
Two persons so far are in police custody for “racially-inciting comments” they allegedly posted on popular social media site, Facebook, against President David Granger and Guyanese of African descent.
Bibi Safoora Salim, of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) along with her son was yesterday taken into police custody for questioning in relation to a post that was made on the woman’s Facebook profile.
“Granger want a bullet in head…I am out of a job now because of them,” had caused a public uproar when it began to circulate after being posted on Salim’s Facebook page.
According to a police source, the 52-year-old woman’s son was taken into police custody after it was alleged that he was the one who initially created the Facebook profile for his mother.
Meanwhile, investigators of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) are continuing the hunt for two other individuals who are said to be overseas-based with regards to similar posts made on their Facebook pages.
INews was told that the two overseas-based persons have been identified as Milly G. Mangar and Victor Singh.
However, in light of the allegations being leveled against him, Singh told INews today that he is being impersonated on the social media and that he has never and would never use his Facebook profile to promote racial incitement of threats on people’s lives.
Below is the statement which he sent to this online publication:
“I, Victor Singh, a Canadian-based Guyanese businessman – observed on Facebook and Guyana’s mainstream media many attempts to smear my character by linking me to an uncivilized Facebook thread containing racial incitement, nudity and incendiary rhetoric with threats on the life of Guyanese, inclusive of President David Granger. I arrived at the conclusion of the attempts to implicate me because my photographs were taken from my authentic Facebook profile and imported into the contentious post on social media. I can with complete confidence say that the particular fake profile bearing a similar name to mine is no way connected to me.
The malicious attempt to link me to this offensive and disgusting using Fake Facebook account to post attacks, could only be described as a desperate attempt of pure wickedness. I have my own suspicions of who are the perpetrators behind this brainless act. Every effort is being made to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Police Officers from Multiple Divisions and Teams including the ‘CIB’ and ‘ICE’ from the Niagara Regional Police Service and Peel Regional Police Services is analyzing and investigating this serious incident (#16-24519) to have my name clear and bring the perpetrators to justice. The Niagara Regional Police Force will be in contact with the Guyana Police Force.”
Meanwhile, for persons found guilty of the offence(s) mentioned above they could be charged under the, “racial hostility act, for attempting to incite excitement, hostility or ill-will on grounds of race.”
In Chapter 23 of the Act, it is stated that “a person shall be guilty of an offence if he willfully excites or attempts to excite hostility or ill-will against any section of the public or against any person on the grounds of their or his race, by means of words spoken by him in a public place or spoken by him and transmitted for general reception by wireless telegraphy or telegraph; or by causing words spoken by him or by some other person to be reproduced in a public place from a record; or by means of written (including printed) matter or pictorial matter published by him”.
Any person found guilty of this offence shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $65,000 and can be imprisoned for two years.