Saturday 24 October, 2020

Updated: Charges laid against Ramlogan, Ramdeen

Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen have been slapped with corruption-related charges stemming from a legal fees conspiracy. 

Officers attached to the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau (ACIB) began laying charges around 8 pm on Friday following advice received from Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard. 

Ramdeen and Ramlogan were jointly charged with conspiracy to contravene Section 3 of the Prevention of Corruption Act; conspiracy to contravene Section 45 of the Proceeds of Crime Act; and conspiracy to misbehave in public office.

Ramdeen was granted bail with surety in the sum of $1.5 million, while Ramlogan was granted bail at $1.2 million with surety.

Both men were detained by police on Wednesday morning. 

Ramlogan was arrested at the Piarco International Airport as he was about to board a flight to the British Virgin Islands while Ramdeen surrendered himself to police.

Their arrests followed investigations which began late 2017.

Charges have already been laid against Jamaican-born Queen's Counsel Vincent Nelson, who is now a witness for the State, having signed a plea deal to testify against the men.

He appeared in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates' Court on Thursday where he was granted bail in the sum of $100,000 to cover the charges. 

Ramlogan and Ramdeen are due to appear in court on Monday to answer the charges against them.

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