Police detain woman who threatened President Granger on Facebook
By Tracey Khan-Drakes
Fifty-two year-old Bibi Safaoora Salim, of Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo was this morning (March, 31) taken into police custody for questioning, following her infamous Facebook post, “Granger want a bullet in head…I am out of a job now because of them,” which sparked criticisms from all quarters of society.
The police are searching for two more persons, who are overseas- based Guyanese, for also posting racially-inciting comments on social media against President David Granger and Guyanese of African ancestry.
Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Capitol News that the woman remains in custody for questioning at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters, Georgetown.
These persons could be charged under the, “racial hostility act, for attempting to incite excitement, hostility or ill-will on grounds of race.”
Meanwhile, Canadian-based Guyanese businessman, Victor Singh’s Facebook account also had disparaging comments against Guyanese of African descent. However; in a statement to the media, Singh is now claiming that account is, ‘fake’.
“I arrived at the conclusion of the attempts to implicate me because my photographs were taken from my authentic Facebook profile and imported into the contentious post on social media. I can with complete confidence say that the particular fake profile bearing a similar name to mine is no way connected to me,” the statement read.
According to Chapter 23 of the Act, “a person shall be guilty of an offence if he willfully excites or attempts to excite hostility or ill-will against any section of the public or against any person on the grounds of their or his race, by means of words spoken by him in a public place or spoken by him and transmitted for general reception by wireless telegraphy or telegraph; or by causing words spoken by him or by some other person to be reproduced in a public place from a record; or by means of written (including printed) matter or pictorial matter published by him”.
Any person found guilty of this offence shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine of $65,000 and to imprisonment for two years.