Dr. Randy Persaud pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after New York prosecutors agreed to drop two other charges. He appeared in court two Saturdays ago.
Persaud is the key figure linked to the Office of the President in Guyana and is said to be involved in government’s propaganda work.
He was arrested on April 29, in Queens, New York, after he reportedly lied to police about his name during a protest. His name is Randolph Baron Persaud. He told the police that his name was Baron Randolph. Police later found out that his correct name was Randolph Baron Persaud.
Officials said that Persaud was originally charged for disorderly behaviour, giving false information to the police and public mischief.
A plea deal was worked out between his lawyer and the prosecutor and two of the three charges were dropped. He ended up pleading guilty to disorderly conduct last Saturday afternoon and was placed on six months’ probation.
He reportedly spent the entire night in jail.
The protest exercise that led to the charge was said to be comprising of persons sympathetic to opposition parties Alliance for Change (AFC) and People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) who made calls for a change in Guyana and calling on President Bharrat Jagdeo and PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Donald Ramotar for changes.
There was a police presence and the protestors were behind barriers.
According to sources at the scene, Dr Persaud requested an interview with the protestors. When asked to identify the organisation he represented, he reportedly refused to present proper identification and started to mock the gathering.
The police found him behaving in a disorderly manner and handcuffed him when he tried to wriggle out of the situation by providing the arresting ranks with a wrong name.