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Court rejects race-hatred charge against former president

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jagdeo

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP):

A Guyana judge has thrown out charges of inciting racial hatred that had been filed against former President Bharrat Jagdeo.

The court last Friday found insufficient evidence to support the criminal charge, which had been lodged by attorney and television talk-show host Christopher Ram.

The 52-year-old minority leader in parliament had faced expulsion, two years in jail and a $500 fine if found guilty over statements made ahead of the May 11 parliamentary vote.

The former president allegedly said members of a predominantly Afro-Guyanese party were "beating drums" while urging citizens to throw out "coolie" members of his own People's Progressive Party, which is dominated by people of Indian descent.