More stringent penalties for gun crimes, kidnapping
-- President Jagdeo By Abigail Butler
Guyana Chronicle
October 26, 2002

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THE Government will be moving to Parliament soon to introduce legislation that will make penalties for gun crimes and kidnapping more stringent.

President Bharrat Jagdeo made the disclosure yesterday as he began a two-day visit to Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam).

Addressing residents at a meeting in the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Boardroom at Anna Regina, he said the latest developments in the crime upsurge have made it necessary for the laws to be tightened.

He noted that the present legislation is inadequate to prosecute such cases and consequently the Government has taken the decision to go to the National Assembly to amend the existing legislation.

Pointing to this week's kidnapping incidents, the President said not only persons kidnapping people or directly involved in gun crimes, but also those acquainted with the criminals must face the penalty.

The Head of State called on citizens to support this move, since it is in the interest of the nation.

He said many groups and citizens have been calling for the Administration to introduce stronger legislation to deter serious crimes and he hopes the support of these persons and groups would be forthcoming when the Government moves to Parliament.

Referring to the lack of support for the recently passed anti-crime Bills, President Jagdeo said persons often call for the Government to act and when it does, the people remain quiet. (GOVERNMENT INFORMATION AGENCY - GINA)