Apr 01, 2016 News
Police have detained a 52-year-old woman, who is believed to have posted racially-inciting social media comments about African Guyanese, and what appeared to be a threat to President Granger.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that the woman, identified as being from Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, was taken into custody yesterday morning. Kaieteur News understands that she was taken to CID Headquarters, Eve Leary.
Blanhum said that she has given investigators a statement, but declined to provide further details on what he described as “a sensitive matter.”
Police had sought to locate the woman and two others after receiving a complaint about Facebook comments they had allegedly made about President Granger and African Guyanese.
But in a statement sent out to media houses, one of the individuals, who says he is a Canada-based Guyanese, has denied posting the comments attributed to him.
“I observed on Facebook and Guyana’s mainstream media many attempts to smear my character by linking me to an uncivilized Facebook thread containing racial incitement, nudity and incendiary rhetoric with threats on the life of Guyanese, inclusive of President David Granger,” he said.
“I arrived at the conclusion of the attempts to implicate me because my photographs were taken from my authentic Facebook profile and imported into the contentious post on social media. I can with complete confidence say that the particular fake profile bearing a similar name to mine is no way connected to me.”
Crime Chief Blanhum has said that the perpetrators could be charged under the Racial Hostility Act for attempting “to incite excitement, hostility or ill-will on grounds of race.”
Chapter 23 of the Act states that a person shall be guilty of an offence if he willfully excites or attempts to excite hostility or ill-will against any section of the public or against any person on the grounds of their or his race, by means of words spoken by him in a public place or spoken by him and transmitted for general reception by wireless telegraphy or telegraph; or by causing words spoken by him or by some other person to be reproduced in a public place from a record; or by means of written (including printed) matter or pictorial matter published by him.
Any person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $65,000 and to imprisonment for two years.
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