APNU+AFC MP released on self-bail over ‘killing squad’ post

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APNU+AFC Member of Parliament (MP) Annette Ferguson was on Friday released on self-bail on a cybercrime charge over a social media post she made in relation to a killing squad.

Ferguson appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court and pleaded not guilty to the charge, which alleged that on June 15, 2021, she used a computer system to publish or transmit data with intent to humiliate, harass or cause substantial emotional distress to a senior officer of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Colonel Omar Khan.

She was represented by attorney-at-law Lyndon Amsterdam and was released on self-bail. The case is adjourned until July 26, 2021.

According to the police report, Ferguson was charged with using a computer system to humiliate a person, contrary to section 195(5) (a) of the Cybercrime Act No. 16 of 2018.

Ferguson reportedly made a post on Facebook “which falsely stated” that Khan will be in charge of a “killing squad”.

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