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Ex-Guyana president allowed to travel despite charges

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AM


A judge in Guyana is allowing former President Bharrat Jagdeo to travel outside the South American country even though he faces charges of inciting racial hatred.

Attorney Mursalene Bacchus told The Associated Press yesterday that a judge overturned an earlier ruling barring Jagdeo from travelling. The former president was charged last Monday for comments he allegedly made ahead of the May 11 general election.

He is accused of saying that Afro-Guyanese opposition activists were "beating drums" while urging citizens to throw out "coolie" members of the People's Progressive Party dominated by people of Indian descent like him.

If found guilty, Jagdeo could serve up to two years in prison and pay a fine.