Georgetown Mayor Pandit Ubraj Narine and suspended APNU+AFC Parliamentarian Sherod Duncan were each released on $200,000 bail on charges which alleged that they attempted to excite ethnic and racial division when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
It is alleged that on December 12, at New Market Street, Georgetown, they intentionally transmitted a video attempting to excite racial division.
It was further alleged that on the same day and at the same location, they attempted to incite racial hostility to the public on the ground of their race.
Narine and Duncan, who were represented by Opposition-aligned lawyers, pleaded not guilty to both charges and were each admitted to bail in the sum of $200,000 on Wednesday.
They will appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on January 20, 2023, for the continuation of these matters.
Meanwhile, the duo was hauled before Magistrate Clive Nurse on two allegations of obstructing the free flow of traffic on December 12.
They were both granted self-bail after denying the charges.
The charges stemmed from comments Mayor Narine made during a standoff over the removal of vendors from outside the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).
While addressing reporters, the City Mayor had accused President Dr Irfaan Ali of refusing to work with him because he is a Hindu.
He further went on to accuse the Head of State of turning Guyana into an Islamic State. The Mayor’s utterances have triggered widespread condemnation from various sections of society, with some organisations calling him unfit for the post and demanding that he steps down.