GEORGETOWN, Guyana, July 1, 2021 - The Opposition APNUAFC has condemned the arrest of opposition parliamentarian Annette Ferguson for allegedly committing a Cybercrime offence and noting that the ruling PPP/C is pushing the country into a state of civil strife.
Police said in a statement Wednesday afternoon that Ferguson was arrested pursuant to a report received against her for allegedly committing a Cybercrime offence by claiming a senior Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer would be heading a killing squad.
The report was made by a senior member of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) who said the allegation against Ms. Ferguson was in relation to a Facebook social media post which falsely alleged that he will be in charge of a killing squad.
Investigators are ongoing and upon completion the file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for legal advise.
In a statement, Opposition Leader Joseph Harmon condemned as spurious grounds which were used to arrest Ferguson. He said it is a clear case of political persecution
“I strongly condemn the actions of the Guyana Police Force in arresting APNU+AFC Coalition Opposition Member of Parliament Hon. Annette Ferguson on spurious grounds of breaching the cybercrime act."
The PPP regime’s persecution of the political Opposition continues with wanton disregard for the law, the constitution and the rights of citizens. The Guyana Police Force has been fully weaponised against the Opposition,” Harmon said.
“We appeal to all right thinking Guyanese, local and international human rights bodies, civil society and all other democracy-loving entities to condemn these dictatorial and authoritarian acts of political persecution being meted out by the PPP to Opposition Members of Parliament.
The PPP is pushing this nation to the brink of civil unrest with its persistent and unceasing attacks on the political Opposition.
We have previously warned of this and the PPP has paid no heed to such warnings but instead is intensifying its vulgar and grotesque campaign of political persecution against the political Opposition.”
He added that “when the people of Guyana react, as they will inevitably do, the PPP will have to bear the full burden of responsibility for whatever ensues.
We demand the withdrawal of these spurious, baseless and politically motivated charges.”
Only recently Ferguson won a twenty million award in the High Court in a libel case against Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo. The High Court ordered that Jagdeo pay Damages for defaming the opposition politician. Jagdeo, however, has appealed the court's decision.