Ahmad Ally, a 37-year-old resident of Peters Hall on the East Bank of Demerara, was apprehended this month after a video surfaced on social media depicting the coercion of two Venezuelan nationals. In the video, the victims were pressured to admit to theft, compelled to strip naked, and forced to walk down the street. On Thursday, Ally faced charges for the following offenses:
- Two (2) counts of violating Section 16(2)(a) of the Cybercrime Act 2018, related to the use of a computer system to publish images of the private areas of Luigi Hernandez and Keilysmar Astudillo, respectively.
- Assault causing actual bodily harm, in violation of Section 49 of the Criminal Law Offences Act, Chapter 8:01, against Keilysmar Astudillo.
- Assault, contravening Section 43 of the Criminal Law Offences Act, Chapter 8:01, against Luigi Hernandez.
Appearing before Senior Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Diamond/Golden Grove Magistrate’s Court, Ally pleaded not guilty to the charges. He was granted bail at $200,000 for each cybercrime offense, $40,000 for Assault Causing Actual Bodily Harm, and $20,000 for Assault. The cases were adjourned until January 17, 2024.
Allegedly wielding a cutlass, Ally is accused of intimidating the two Venezuelan victims and compelling them to undress and walk naked in Peters Hall, proclaiming them as thieves. Subsequently, he purportedly recorded the ordeal and shared the video on social media.