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Irish teen faces criminal charge for allegedly threatening to shoot president of Guyana

An Irish teenager has been charged with threatening to shoot and kill the president of Guyana during an alcohol-fueled conversation with bodyguards of the South American country's leader.

Defense lawyer Glenn Hanoman does not dispute that 17-year-old Cilian James Crossan told the bodyguards that he would shoot President Donald Ramotar.

But Hanoman says Crossan had been drinking beer and rum while attending a rodeo in the rugged Rupunui region along the border with Brazil when he made the comments as a joke. The president was not there at the time.

Crossan pleaded not guilty to the charge of threatening the president and was released on $300 bail. He likely faces no more than a fine if convicted. Crossan is in Guyana working for the Project Trust aid group.