Trinidad: $3m bail for Ramlogan, Ramdeen on multiple corruption charges

Trinidad: $3m bail for Ramlogan, Ramdeen on multiple corruption charges
Pamela Elder SC speaks to the media outside the Anti-Corruption Investigative Bureau on Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, after her client, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and his colleague UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen were released on bail Friday night. ROBERTO CODALLO
Pamela Elder SC speaks to the media outside the Anti-Corruption Investigative Bureau on Independence Square, Port-of-Spain, after her client, former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and his colleague UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen were released on bail Friday night. * ROBERTO CODALLO

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — For­mer at­tor­ney gen­er­al Anand Ram­lo­gan and his col­league, Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress Sen­a­tor Ger­ald Ramdeen, were col­lec­tive­ly grant­ed close to $3 mil­lion in bail Fri­day night, af­ter be­ing charged with sim­i­lar con­spir­a­cy of­fences re­lat­ed to an al­leged le­gal fees kick­back scheme.

Ram­lo­gan was grant­ed bail to cov­er three charges in the sum of $1.2 mil­lion ac­cord­ing to his at­tor­ney Pamela El­der SC. Ramdeen was al­so grant­ed bail in the sum of $1.5 mil­lion.

How­ev­er, af­ter they se­cured bail around 10.32 pm, both men were hus­tled out of the An­ti-Cor­rup­tion In­ves­ti­ga­tions Bu­reau (ACIB) on In­de­pen­dence Suqare, Port-of-Spain, in a black Toy­ota Pra­do that was al­lowed to dri­ve in­to the back en­trance park­ing lot along George Street.

CNC3 cam­era­man Kevin Ma­haraj was the on­ly per­son able to cap­ture Ram­lo­gan, who was dressed in a black long-sleeved shirt, walk­ing to the ve­hi­cle and climb­ing in­to the ve­hi­cle’s back seat. With­in mo­ments, the SUV then emerged from the car park af­ter an of­fi­cer pulled the steel gate to al­low it out and the dri­ver then sped south along the north­bound George Street on­to South Quay and dis­ap­peared.

Mo­ments lat­er, Ram­lo­gan’s at­tor­ney, El­der, SC, emerged through the ACIB front en­trance and spoke briefly with the me­dia.

El­der gave some de­tails of what Ram­lo­gan ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the day.

“My client was sub­ject­ed to a very long in­ter­view, it has end­ed with him be­ing charged with three of­fences. What I find in­ter­est­ing is that all these of­fences are what we call in­choate of­fences, they are the on­ly con­spir­a­cies. There is noth­ing here in these charges that my client re­ceived any mon­ey. No mon­ey has been stat­ed here,” El­der told Guardian Me­dia.

She con­tin­ued: “It is on­ly a con­spir­a­cy and there is noth­ing in any of these charges with re­spect of any monies that were paid to Anand Ram­lo­gan, re­ceived by Anand Ram­lo­gan or trans­ferred by Anand Ram­lo­gan. In essence, it states that for five years he con­spired to re­ceive mon­ey but nev­er re­ceived a cent.”

How­ev­er, El­der in­di­cat­ed that Ram­lo­gan was glad to be fi­nal­ly re­leased.

“Un­der­stand­ably, he had been de­tained for over 70-some­thing hours and he was ea­ger to go home. The po­lice of­fi­cers were pro­fes­sion­al and we have no com­plaints about their treat­ment,” El­der said.

The charges for Ram­lo­gan oc­curred be­tween Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 1, 2010 to Sep­tem­ber 9, 2015.

They charges were:

* Con­spired with Vin­cent Nel­son to re­ceive, con­ceal and trans­fer crim­i­nal prop­er­ty, to with fi­nan­cial re­wards giv­en to the said Anand Ram­lo­gan by the said Vin­cent Nel­son, for the said Vin­cent Nel­son be­ing in­struct­ed as ad­vo­cate in var­i­ous mat­ters in which the State was in­ter­est­ed or which the State was the client.

* Con­spired with Vin­cent Nel­son to cor­rupt­ly re­ceive fi­nan­cial re­wards from the said Vin­cent Nel­son, be­ing in­struct­ed as ad­vo­cate in var­i­ous mat­ters in which the State was in­ter­est­ed or in which the State was client.

* Con­spired with Vin­cent Nel­son that the said Anand Ram­lo­gan mis­be­haved in the pub­lic of­fice of at­tor­ney gen­er­al by Anand Ram­lo­gan ac­cept­ing re­wards from Vin­cent Nel­son, for the said Vin­cent Nel­son be­ing in­struct­ed as ad­vo­cate in var­i­ous mat­ters in which the State was in­ter­est­ed or in which the State was client.

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