The preliminary inquiry into the treason charges against Major Bruce Munroe, his wife Carol-Ann, and former reserve officer Leonard Wharton, continued yesterday before acting Chief Magistrate Priya Sewnarine-Beharry at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
Previously, the magistrate had given the prosecution 14 days to produce the tapes they hold as evidence so that she could determine if the evidence is material enough for her to rule.
At a previous court session the court heard that the Director of Public Prosecutions did not hand over the tapes, but instead made an application for the Magistrate to revise her ruling.
However, Magistrate Beharry maintained her ruling and attempted to listen to the tapes but could not decipher what was on them because the instrument that would permit the audio was missing.
As a result, the matter was further delayed and the witness was fixed a date to return with the tapes and the instrument needed for the audio.
At yesterday’s hearing the court heard that Magistrate Beharry had not heard the tapes, thus prompting another adjournment.
The matter was then set for continuation on July 28. On the adjourn date the Magistrate is expected to rule whether the evidence produced in the tapes is material enough.
Defence counsel Gregory Gaskin and George Thomas, and Director of Public Prosecutions, Shalimar Ali-Hack, were all present at yesterday’s proceedings.
Wharton, a reservist in the Guyana Defence Force; Munroe, a serving major in the army and his wife Carol-Ann, were on December 27, last, arrested and charged with conspiracy for treason.
It is alleged that between December 1 and December 16, 2010, the three accused allegedly plotted to level war within Guyana to force the President out of office in order to compel the government to change its measures.
The trio first appeared in court on December 28, last. Treason is a capital offence which is not bailable.
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