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