Women's Issues In Guyana

Court row over Brazilian dancers

Posted in Culture & Society by wiig on September 16, 2006
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Guyana Chronicle – September 17, 2006

THE five Brazilian dancers already charged jointly with committing an indecent act, stirred controversy when they made another court appearance yesterday.

Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys, before whom they reappeared after being remanded to prison since Monday, said he was unable to read new charges that were preferred against them.

He said the particulars of offence were not properly written and, as such, he could not read something that seemed wrong and would not do so until the situation is rectified.

The magistrate further said the matters should have been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.

“This is as a result of the incompetence of the Police and the DPP,” declared attorney-at-law Mr. Anil Nandalall, who renewed his bail application for the defendants.

The lawyer said the DPP should have a system for administering proper and legal advice, because, when the mechanism for the process breaks down, the functionaries in those chambers are ultimately responsible.

Nandalall submitted that the women are employed as ‘exotic dancers’ at a private club and the details in the charge do not disclose an offence known to the law.

According to him, dancing and stripping are not indecent acts when taken in the context of a private club and he argued that there is no evidence to support the allegation that the women were displaying their nudity in public.

But State Counsel from the DPP’s Chambers, Ms Candace Raphael responded that the charge was correct as it made known that they danced at a place to which the public is permitted entry.

She requested that, before pre-trial freedom is granted the Brazilians, they must be made to produce documentation to prove they are legally in Guyana.

Magistrate Gilhuys agreed to the conditionality and set surety for each defendant at $35,000 on condition that they surrender their individual passports to show they are not illegal aliens.

Aurelaide DeSouza, Maria Karlene CaVodoso, Patricia Conarata DeSilva, Kenis DeSausa Paira and Cristyelen Barros Primienta are charged with dancing and stripping off their clothing at Red Dragon Sports Bar, in Robb Street, Georgetown, to where the public has access.

They are to be back in court on September 22.

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