Another female prisoner gets Presidential Pardon

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.

Ms. Shremattie Singh.