Georgetown, Guyana – (May 25, 2018) As Guyana prepares to celebrate the 52nd Anniversary of its Independence, President David Granger, pursuant to Article 188 (1) (a) of the Constitution, has granted a free pardon to Ms. Shremattie Singh, who is currently serving a 15-month sentence at the New Amsterdam Prison. The Presidential Pardon takes effect on May 25, 2018.
Ms. Singh, 30, was incarcerated for the non-violent offence of False Pretence on five counts and was handed five, three-month sentences to run consecutively.
Last December, the Head of State granted Presidential Pardons to five women who were serving sentences for non-violent, non-narcotic offences. Article 188 (1) (a) of the Constitution states that “The President may grant to any person concerned in or convicted of any offence under the laws of Guyana, a pardon, either free or subject to lawful conditions”.
The conditions outlined in the Constitution were met, as the Head of State had the requisite consultations with the Minister of Public Security.