At least three persons are being hunted by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) after they posted racially-inciting comments on the social media against President David Granger and Guyanese of African Ancestry.
A probe has begun by the local police in light of these comments which were recently posted on the popular social networking site “Facebook”.
While it is unclear as to whether or not the perpetrators were using accounts which contained factual information and names as to their identities, the GPF has launched investigations into the matter with hopes of locating the individuals soon.
If/when caught they could be charged under the ‘Racial Hostility Act’.
INews understands that under the Racial Hostility Act, these individuals could be charged for attempting “to incite excitement, hostility or ill-will on grounds of race.”
According to Chapter 23 of the Act, “a person shall be guilty of an offence if he wilfully 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”.
It should be noted that any person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $65,000 and to imprisonment for two years. (Kristen Macklingam)