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Man charged with threatening to kill GECOM chairman

A 27-year-old man appeared in a Magistrate Court on Monday charged with threatening to kill the chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), retired justice Claudette Singh.

Ryan Williams, appeared before Magistrate Wanda Fortune at the Linden Magistrate’s Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge, which the prosecution alleged took place on July 14 this year, when he used his Facebook account to issue the threat.

He was charged under the Cybercrime Act for using a computer system to coerce, harass, intimidate, humiliate among other objectives. He also faces a charge of threatening Singh and use violence towards her and members of her family.

In the matter which was heard virtually, Williams was placed on GUY$500,000 (One Guyana dollar=US$0.004 cents) and will return to court on August 3.

Under the Cybercrime Act, a person who commits an offence is liable on summary conviction to a fine of five million Guyana dollars and to imprisonment for three years.


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