Attorney-at-Law Latoya Roberts told reporters that Ms. February was charged with two counts of attempting to defraud the people of Guyana by reading the wrong numbers from Statements of Poll in the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections.
Ms. Roberts says the two charges against Ms. Sheffern February are identical but one was for the national elections and the other was for the regional elections. Ms February was granted GYD$150,000 bail on each charge.
The lawyer says Mr. Livan was charged with manipulating the numbers on the Statements of Poll that were recorded in the system so that they reflected fraudulent numbers for Region Four resulting in the recording of fraudulent results. He was granted bail in the sum of $150,000.
Roberts says Livan and February are to return to court on September 25 by which time statements are expected to be served to the Defence team.
According to Attorney-at-Law, Eusi Anderson, state prosecutor, Teriq Mohammed had asked the court not to grant bail to the accused. However, Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan disagreed with the recommendation.
He said “The magistrate believed that the evidence and the allegations made by Mr. Teriq Mohammed were inadequate and insubstantial to refuse to grant my clients bail,” he said.
The other members of the defence team are Trinidad and Tobago Senior Counsel , John Jeremie and Guyanese Attorney-at-Law, Nigel Hughes.
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