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GUYANA | PNCR Chair granted bail in private election based charges filed by PPP

  • Written by Wiredja News Desk
  • Published in Justice
PNCR Chairman Volda Lawrence and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes outside the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. PNCR Chairman Volda Lawrence and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes outside the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, August 24, 2020- In what could be considered as an attempt to embarras members of the APNU+AFC coalition, Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform, and former Health Minister Volda Lawrence appeared in Court this morning to answer a charge of allegedly procuring the Returning Officer for Region Four, Clairmont Mingo to utter false results to the Chief Elections Officer.

The charge was filed by PPP Member Charles Ramson Jr. back in March. He also filed a similar fraud charge against the Returning Officer as in Guyana private citizens are allowed to file  court charges.

In Court today, Attorney Glen Hannoman presented himself as the Attorney for Charles Ramson Jr. and told the Court that the Director of Public Prosecutions would be taking over the matter.

Lawrence’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes, said he found it strange that Hannoman would make such a declaration when the matter was filed since back in March and the DPP never got involved in it.

Mr. Hughes told the Court that it is clear the former Health Minister is no flight risk and turned up in Court voluntarily since she has never been served with a summons.

After listening to statements by the two Attorneys, Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan granted Ms. Lawrence bail in the sum of $100,000.and has set the case for September 11, 2020 when the State is expected to disclose elements of its case to the Defence team.

 Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes has frowned on the approach being taken, pointing out that the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence at the outset to file the charge but has now instructed the police to conduct a probe.

Ms. Lawrence said the charge filed against her is fictitious and is nothing more than an attempt by the PPP to embarrass members of the former government. She said in the many years she served as an electoral agent, she has never been accused of any wrong doing.

The matter will come up again in Court in a few week’s time. It is likely that the DPP’s office will review the charge.

Last modified onMonday, 24 August 2020 20:46
  • Countries: Guyana