Charges are likely to be laid soon against a woman who allegedly made death threats against Guyana’s Head of State, David Granger, on social media, according to a source close to the investigations.
INews understands that Bibi Safoora Salim who had been arrested on March 31 will be charged under the Racial Hostility Act and can face up to three charges under the laws of Guyana.
The 52-year-old woman who hails from Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), allegedly took to the popular social media networking site “Facebook” where she is said to have made a post on her page which was deemed to be “threatening” to the President.
Salim had been arrested on March 31 this year along with her son whom she allegedly told investigators was the person who had created the Facebook account for her.
However, her son was subsequently released on station bail less than 24 hours after his arrest, and Salim was released the following day.
INews was told that when investigations began, the woman denied the accusations leveled against her stating that she had played no part in making such threats against President Granger.
It should be reminded that under the Racial Hostility Act, those found guilty of the offense can face a charge for attempting “to incite excitement, hostility or ill-will on grounds of race.”
Meanwhile, investigators are yet to arrest or detain the other two persons that they were pursuing for similar acts on Facebook. It is unclear as to whether or not they can or will be charged since these two individuals do not reside in Guyana.
The Opposition had accused the Government of targeting PPP/C supporters saying that when it was in power, serious threats were made against leaders and officials of the PPP/C administration, but they did not pursue them in such a manner.