Guyanese man admits to Facebook death threats against former presidents

Beekham death threats

Tameshwar Beekham must pay GUY$75,000 (US$367) or spend six months in prison for making the death threats.


GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday, June 16, 2016 – A 38-year-old political activist has been fined after admitting to posting death threats against two former presidents and senior members of the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) on Facebook.

Tameshwar Beekham must pay GUY$75,000 (US$367) or spend six months in prison for his crime.

He was arrested and subsequently charged after stating on his Facebook page that he intended to target the PPP/C’s Freedom House, and murder former presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Donald Ramotar, the party’s General Secretary Clement Rohee, and another senior PPP/C member, Roger Luncheon.

“I am saying it again, I will murder Baharat Jagdeo and the PPP/C, I Tameshwar Beekham and my team will murder Baharat Jagdeo and the PPP/C jail or free!” one post stated.

Beekham apologised to the court for his actions.

Earlier this year, a 52-year-old woman was charged after use threatening language about President David Granger on social media.

Bibi Safoora Salim appeared in court in April, and denied that between March 1 and 31, by means of a written and printed method, she declared: “Granger want a bullet in head” on Facebook, and attempted to incite excitement, hostility, or ill-will by means of derogatory remarks of President Granger sent by cellphone to her son on Whatsapp.

She was released on GUY$200,000 (US$967) bail after entering a not guilty plea.

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