Thursday 23 January, 2020

PCA investigating police search of housekeeper’s home

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) says an investigation has been launched into a police search of Goomatie and Troy Ragbir’s home earlier this week.

In a statement issued Thursday, the PCA said an investigation has been initiated pursuant to Section 26 of the PCA Act Chapter 15:05 into the conduct of police officers during an alleged exercise on or about May 7, 2019.

Goomatie Ragbir was employed as a housekeeper by former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, who was charged, along with former opposition senator Gerald Ramdeen, with conspiracy relating to legal fees, earlier this week.

Police Commissioner Gary Griffith told media on Wednesday that he had not been aware of any instructions to search the home, and said he requested a report on the matter.

He assured however that police would not be involved in any operation based on race, politics or religion and if any police officer did take advantage of his position he would be dealt with by the Commissioner of Police and the Police Complaints Authority.

The development comes after Ramlogan and former opposition senator Gerald Ramdeen were slapped with corruption-related charges stemming from a legal fees conspiracy. 

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.

Both men appeared before a Port of Spain Magistrate on May 6. Ramdeen has since resigned his position as opposition senator.

Queen's Council, Vincent Nelson, was also arrested and charged in connection with the investigation into Ramdeen and Ramlogan.

He was charged with conspiracy to misbehave in public office, conspiracy to engage in money laundering and conspiracy to bribe. QC Nelson accepted a plea bargaining deal and is expected to give evidence against both men. 

Several searches have since been conducted on a series of homes in South Trinidad, according to media reports. 

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