Friday 3 July, 2020

Soldiers in payroll scam back in court tomorrow

Two soldiers who are at the center of a $2 million payroll scam at the Defence Force, will know if they will be “free men” tomorrow.

The matter is expected to be called before Justice Joan Charles at the Port of Spain High Court.

The soldiers, a Lance Corporal and a Private, cannot be identified as they have yet to be charged with any criminal offences.

However, they have been detained at the Teteron Barracks in Chaguaramas since July 27 when the investigation into the allegations began.

The two are being represented by attorneys Mario Merritt and Stephen Wilson.

The interests of the Defence Force are being represented by Ravi Rajcoomar and Tiffany Ali.

The matter before the court surrounds whether or not the constitution rights of the two men are being broken by their extended detention, or if, as the men are soldiers, that their extended detention is legal under military law.

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