Sunday 23 February, 2020

PCA: No misconduct found in search of South businessman's home

The Police Complaints Authority (PCA) said there was no evidence of misconduct regarding the search of a South businessman’s home earlier this month.

In a statement issued Thursday (May 9, 2019), the PCA said following a preliminary investigation, there were no findings of misconduct.

“A preliminary investigation pursuant to Section 30 of the PCA Act Chapter 15:05, has been completed and there have been no findings of misconduct on the part of any police officer. The information gathered during this preliminary investigation is strictly confidential,” the PCA said.

According to reports, searches were carried out at a home at Penny Avenue, Gulf View Avenue, La Romaine around 5:00 am on May 3, 2019.

LoopTT was told that at least 15 vehicles with over 30 officers visited the scene.

Officers from the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), the Canine Unit, the Financial Investigations Bureau, and officers from the Southern Division conducted the exercise.

Several homes in South Trinidad were searched by police officials after the arrest of former attorney Anand Ramlogan and former opposition senator Gerald Ramdeen, who both face corruption-related charges stemming from a legal fees conspiracy. 

The home of Ramlogan's housekeeper, Goomatie Ragbir, was also searched.

However, National Security Minister Stuart Young said at Thursday's post-Cabinet media briefing that the searches were unrelated to these arrests.

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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