Update… Woman charged for hostile messages against Guyana President on social media

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana  – A month after posting a message on Facebook that suggested Guyana’s President David Granger should get a bullet to the head, a 52-year-old has been charged under the Racial Hostility Act.

Bibi Safoora Salim appeared in court on Tuesday and denied that between March 1 and 31, by means of a written and printed method, she declared: “Granger want a bullet in head” on Facebook, and attempted to incite excitement, hostility, or ill-will by means of derogatory remarks of President Granger sent by cellphone to her son on Whatsapp.

The mother of three was granted GUY$200,000 (US$967) bail. Her trial is scheduled to begin on May 11 and the prosecution has served notice that it will call 14 witnesses.

Her attorney, Euclin Gomes, had argued that Salim was “technologically challenged” and it was unlikely she had posted the comment on Facebook.

But Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers told the court that Salim had come clean on what she had done and lawmen had her laptop, which she used to access her Facebook account.

 

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