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Former Suriname President’s 20-year jail sentence for murder confirmed

Suriname’s former President Desi Bouterse’s 20-year jail sentence for the murder of 15 persons while he had been a military ruler in 1982 was Monday morning confirmed. Starnieuws reports that Bouterse was not in court, saying he was sick and no arrest has been ordered. The session lasted a very short time. No new facts have emerged, the Court Martial concluded. ...

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Prosecution in electoral fraud case against PNCR officials, GECOM officials get more time to put Statements of Pol, Recount in order

Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan  on Friday gave the prosecution time to put the Statements of Poll and Statements of Recount in order to present to disclose to all of the parties in the case. The case of conspiracy to defraud against former officials of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) and the Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform, Volda ...

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GECOM votes on Thursday for removal of Lowenfield, others; Opposition Election Commissioners warn of more court action over process

The seven-member Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) on Tuesday failed to vote on terminating the employment contracts of the Chief Elections Officer, his deputy and the Region Four Returning Officer after two opposition Election Commissioners left the meeting over concerns that the government-aligned commissioners are insisting on showing cause for their removal. The meeting has been adjourned to Thursday, August 12. ...

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Fisherman, unemployed woman charged with murder of overseas-based Guyanese

A fisherman and an unemployed woman were Tuesday arraigned for the murder of overseas-based Guyanese Hemraj Pardesi at his residence at Reliance Settlement, East Canje, Berbice. Police said 23-year old Malisha Dutchin of Lot 4 Reliance Settlement East Canje Berbice and 32-year old Mario “Mayo” Bissoondyal of Lot 141 Main Street Cumberland East Canje Berbice were remanded to prison when they ...

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GDF Sergeant flips-flops on plea to multi-million dollar cash, raw gold armed robbery

The Guyana Defence Force Sergeant Keyon King on Tuesday flipped-flopped on his plea, changing from guilty to not guilty to robbery under arms allegedly committed on Wallison’s Enterprise gold dealership last week Thursday. During his appearance earlier Tuesday, he had pleaded guilty to one count of robbery of GYD$58 million worth of gold and cash he was expected to be ...

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National Assembly removes cross-dressing offence in line with Caribbean Court decision

The National Assembly early Tuesday morning removed the offence of cross-dressing from the Summary Jurisdiction Offences Act, in keeping with an almost three-year old decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had  in November 2018 struck out cross-dressing because it is a violation of Guyana’s Constitution. This was after three men and the ...

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GECOM’s Lowenfield withdraws High Court case for dismissal; way cleared for contract termination

The Chief Elections Officer of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Keith Lowenfield on Monday withdrew his case that he had filed challenging plans to summarily dismiss him  because of concerns that he would not have received a fair hearing. People’s Progressive Party-aligned Elections Commissioner, Sase Gunraj said Mr. Lowenfield’s decision now paves the way for the seven-member Elections Commission to ...

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Man who burned two-year old girl’s vagina, back jailed

The man, who burned his girlfriend’s two-year old daughter on her vagina, was Friday jailed for 30 months. Police say  Anil Angnoo, was arrested and was charged  on Friday with inflicting grievous bodily harm He appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Ravindranauth Singh, where the indictable charge was read to him and he was not required to plea. ...

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PPP Commissioners submit amended motion to GECOM for removal of Lowenfield, Myers, Mingo

The pro-People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Election Commissioners have submitted an amended motion to  GECOM for the possible termination of the contracts of the Chief Elections Officer, his Deputy and the Region Four Returning Officer. Elections Commissioner Bibi Shadick confirmed that the amended motion has been signed by herself and colleague Commissioner Sase Gunraj.  “GECOM has to be cleaned up and ...

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