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Guyana: UG student remanded on bomb threat charges


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Remanded: Sheliza Jafferally. Photo by Delano Williams

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Feb 11, CMC – A 25-year-old student of the University of Guyana (UG) will return to court on February 18 after she was on Monday denied bail on charges relating to bomb threats against the tertiary institution last week.

Chief Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan denied bail to Sheliza “Dianne” Jaferally after the prosecution raised objections on grounds of tampering with the evidence and witnesses and that the investigations are still ongoing. She was also refused bail on the grounds of public interest and causing public terror.

Jaferally was charged under the Telecommunications Act for allegedly making bomb threats against the UG that was forced to suspend classes last week.

Her attorney, Latchmie Rahamat, told the court that his client had been in custody since last Friday when she arrested and presented with a computer-generated printout of a telephone number similar to hers.

But the attorney told the court that the printout had no official stamp, title or heading that indicated it was obtained from a telecoms company.

“My client had completely denied the allegation put to her by the police,” Rahamat said, adding that “she intends to vigorously defend herself”.

Rahamat told the court that police swooped down on his client’s home and seized all her electronic devices as well as questioned a number of her friends, several of whom have since sought legal advice.

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