Death threat to Chris Ram sent from ‘hacked’ PPP e-mail address – Freedom House
The People’s Progressive Party Civic has denied any involvement in the death threats against key opposition members.
A statement out of Freedom House told of a report of a death threat issued against “anti-government activist” Christopher Ram who apparently “received death threats via a mail he received from an e-mail address linked to the PPP/C.”
In the e-mail Ram was threatened that should the writer lose his job as a result of the budget cuts he would be burnt in his home. The threats even extended to Ram’s family as well.
The statement said that the party “sought advice from IT experts after it received a copy of the e-mail in question from members of the media and has been advised that this is a clear case of email Address Spoofing.”
According to the release the e-mail could have been manipulated in a number of ways to change the “from” field and to disguise the routing to make it seem as if the e-mail had come from another address.
“… Someone is “spoofing” the PPP/C Gmail address and from the looks of it several other addresses of known individuals as well.” A report was subsequently made to Google and the violation is currently being investigated.
The statement went on to claim that the PPP/C has been “… receiving abusive messages apparently originating from Ena Ram’s email address (Wife of Christopher Ram) for which we have documented evidence.”
However the release went on to suggest the possibility that Mrs. Ram’s address was likewise “spoofed”.
To further complicate matters it was also stated in the release that “similar threats” were issued against the lives of PPP/C officials. These threats were apparently received from what may have been the “… addresses of a certain anti-government newspaper, a former opposition talk show host and a malicious anti-government blog site among others.”
In what the Party called “an ongoing malicious campaign by unknown individual(s) to distract from the growing resentment by Guyanese against recent developments in the National Assembly” they claimed that it was an “effort to derail and distract the public from the real issues at hand … especially how they will be affected by the cuts to the National Budget by the opposition.”
The Guyana Police Force was encouraged in the release “to conduct a thorough investigation, given that the origins of such mail can be tracked and to hold the individual(s) responsible, accountable for their actions.”
“We trust that the GPF will leave no stone unturned in their investigation …”
On Monday, Moses Nagamooto informed the house that death threats were made against him. Nagamootoo told Speaker of the House, Raphael Trotman, that there is a threat, that should he leave the protection of the People’s Progressive Party, he would meet the same fate as “Vincent Teekah.”
Teekah, a former People’s National Congress (PNC) Education Minister, was shot and killed under suspicious circumstances on October 24, 1979. Nagamootoo told the House that should this threat be executed then “my blood will run on the head of others.”