Friday 23 August, 2019

Kamla stands by Ramlogan, Ramdeen: Let justice take its course

Gerald Ramdeen (Photo: Office of the Parliament)

Gerald Ramdeen (Photo: Office of the Parliament)

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar is standing by former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and United National Congress (UNC) Senator Gerald Ramdeen, who are both due in court on Monday.

Speaking at the UNC’s Mother’s Day Gala, she said legal process must take its course.

Her comments come as there have been calls for her to fire Ramdeen.

“And I know your hearts are troubled at the moment because of certain matters taking place elsewhere. Let justice take its course. Let not your hearts be troubled. Let justice take its course with respect to former colleagues of ours, present colleagues, so I don’t want to name them tonight. I don’t want to prejudice any matters that are before the court. But we know those fellas are very good lawyers. So let justice take its course in the courts of law of Trinidad and Tobago,” the Opposition Leader told supporters on Sunday night.

She added that she finds the timing of the arrests very suspicious.

This as she reminded that seven UNC members were charged before the 2002 election.

“I find the timing of these things are very suspicious. I am reminded that every time an election is in the air, the same thing happens. Seven UNC members were charged just before the 2002 elections. You all remember that? Basdeo Panday, Finbar Ganga, Tim Gopeesingh, you name them. And what has become of those cases, nothing, absolutely nothing.”

She further urged UNC supporters to not become distracted, but remain focused.

“So I want you to clear your brain. Let us remain focused on the real enemy. Let us be focused on the ills of our society,” the Opposition Leader said.

Both Ramlogan and Ramdeen were slapped with corruption-related charges stemming from a legal fees conspiracy, late Friday night following advice from the DPP.

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

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