A Cuban National who allegedly attempted to forge arrival and departure stamps at the Central Immigration and Passport Office was on Wednesday arraigned before the courts. Javone Vickerie reports.

33-year-old Cuban National Georley Ruiz Veliz made his first court appearance before Georgetown Magistrate Faith McGusty slapped with two counts of attempted to defraud the state.

It is alleged that on January 4 at the Central Immigration Passport office, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he presented his Republic of Cuba passport to an immigration officer with forged Guyana Immigration- Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), immigration departure and arrival stamps.

It is further alleged that on October 24, 2018, in Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he conspired with unknown persons to forge Guyana Immigration- CJIA, immigration departure, and arrival stamps, purporting to show that both were issued by the Central Immigration Passport Office.

Veliz, who appeared before the court unrepresented and visibly confused, because of his apparent inability to comprehend English, had to be provided with a translator.

By means of the translator, Veliz told the magistrate that he hadn’t anything to say and reserved his right to plead. As it is mandated, Magistrate McGusty entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf.

Prosecutor Seon Blackman objected to bail on the grounds that the Cuban National does not have a fixed place of abode. He was remanded to prison until January 20.


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