Former Minister of Health, Bheri Ramsaran was Thursday arraigned on a charge of using insulting language against women and children rights activist, Sherlena Nageer earlier this year.
Appearing before Whim Magistrate, Charlyn Artiga, Ramsaran pleaded not guilty to the offence that he allegedly committed on April 20, 2015.
He was released on self-bail (his own recognizance) when he appeared at the Whim Court before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga. Ramsaran has to return to court on September 21, 2015.
His lawyer, Adrian Annamayah, asked that a copy of the complainant’s statement be provided to the defence. The Magistrate granted the request.
Nageer was not in court. There were very few senior members of Ramsaran’s People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in court for his arraignment.
Nageer was at the time at Whim Village, Corentyne, questioning the Health Minister what he was doing outside the Magistrates’ Court while the incidence of maternal mortality continues to rise. She suggested that he was wasting taxpayers’ money travelling to Whim to be part of a group of ruling People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) supporters who were there in solidarity with Former President Bharrat Jagdeo.
As Nageer persisted with her line of questioning, an agitated Ramsaran said he was a candidate and told her “F-off.”
Ramsaran had gone to the Whim Magistrates’ Court as an expression of solidarity with former President Bharrat Jagdeo who had appeared in court to answer a private criminal charge of uttering racially divisive remarks in March of this year at Babu John, Port Mourant.