A Pakistani national was today released on $200,000 bail when he appeared in court and denied that he forged a passport stamp.
Thirty-seven-year old Imran Khan of Lot ‘C’ Church Street, Enterprise, East Coast Demerara, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.
Khan pleaded not guilty to the charge which alleged that between March 5, 2019 and March 8, 2019 at Georgetown, with the intent to defraud, he conspired with persons to forge one passport stamp in favour of himself so as to show that same was issued by the Central Immigration and Passport Office.
According to information, the defendant entered the country through Suriname and failed to present himself to an immigration officer. It was reported that he then conspired with persons to forge a stamp in his passport so as to show that he presented himself to immigration officials.
However, ranks acting on information made contact with the defendant and asked him to produce his documents. When Khan presented his passport to an officer it was observed that the stamp in his passport was forged. He was then told of the offence and taken into custody, hence charged.
The Magistrate after listening to the facts released Khan on $200,000 bail. The condition of the bail is that he must report every Friday to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) until the hearing and determination of the trial. He was instructed to make his next court appearance on August 14.