Royston King granted bail on Forgery Charge; APNU condemns arrest

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Royston King makes his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrate's Court. [iNews' Photo]
Royston King makes his appearance at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Public Relations Officer of the Mayor and City Council, Royston King was today charged with a forgery related offence before Magistrate Judy Latchman.

He was not required to plead to the charge and was granted $70,000 bail. He is slated to return to Court on September 16.

King of South Ruimveldt Park, is accused of writing a letter to the Beacon Foundation and signed same stating that he was the Acting Town Clerk.

He was represented by Attorney – at – Law, Kendacie Rodney in association with Nigel Hughes. In a brief bail application, the court heard that the defendant is a father of six with the youngest being 14 –year – old.

The Prosecution which was led by Police Inspector, Joel Ricknauth did not object to bail.

APNU stands in solidarity with King

Meanwhile, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) says it stands in solidarity with King.

In a statement issued to the media, the Party noted, “APNU strongly condemns the harassment of Mr. King by agents of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration. The people of the city of Georgetown want and demand local government elections.”

Royston King
Royston King

According to the APNU statement, “Georgetown needs elections and not politically motivated arrest and calls on the PPP/C administration to bring to an end this type of political harassment.”

Information reaching iNews stated that King allegedly signed off in excess of $30 million in rates and taxes waivers for the Beacon Foundation, while purporting to be the Acting Town Clerk in July 2012.

 

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  1. The PPP is claiming King was not acting Town Clerk when he signed the waiver letter in 2013.

    The Chief Justice ruled April this year that Carol Sooba’s appointment in July 2012 as Town Clerk was illegal, which can be translated to mean her signature as Town Clerk on all documents are illegal. Shouldn’t she be dragged to court, too?

    Up until the CJ’s ruling that quashed Sooba’s appointment, both King and Sooba operated under the impression each was the rightful Town Clerk.

    Both Sooba, who was appointed by then LG Minister, Ganga Persaud, and King, who was chosen by the Mayor and Councillors, received word of their appointments on the same day of July 25, 2012.

    With Chronicle saying last month that King wrote the letter April 2013, and other media saying July 2012, there is some amount of confusion here about when the letter was really written. Inews, you guys should help clarify this apparent discrepancy.

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