Woman charged over Facebook threat to president

Bibi Safoora Salim, the woman who allegedly made death threats against President David Granger on Facebook, was today read two charges of attempting to excite hostility and ill will.

Salim appeared in a city court before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, where she pleaded not guilty to both charges.

The offences were allegedly committed on March 1 and March 31. It is alleged that she made threatening remarks towards the president via Facebook and used derogatory remarks about him in messages sent via WhatsApp to her son, Asif Salim.

However, according to Salim’s attorney, the accused is “technologically-challenged” and therefore it is unlikely that she posted the comment on Facebook.

Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers, however, told the court that Salim admitted, under caution, to the offence and provided the laptop used, which is now in police custody, which she owns and used her password to access the account.

Bail was objected to by the prosecutor based on the nature of the threats posted and alleged racist remarks used on social media, which led to other comments from various persons.

Chief Magistrate McLennan, however, placed Salim on $200,000 bail and adjourned the matter to May 11.

The court heard that the file in relation to the matter is complete and fourteen witnesses are expected to testify during the course of the trial, which is expected to begin shortly.

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