Former Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was arrested in May while at the Piarco International Airport.
He was held just as he was waiting to board a flight to the British Virgin Islands where he was expected to represent the speaker of that country’s House of Assembly.
The arrest was over his alleged involvement in kickbacks and money laundering during his tenure.
Former UNC senator Gerald Ramdeen was also taken into custody after turning himself over to the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau (ACID) in Port-of-Spain. He reportedly heard that a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Seven active investigations have been reviewing large payments made by the Attorney General’s office to a “favoured few” totalling over TT$1 billion. Ramdeen was reportedly a major recipient of legal fees approved by Ramlogan.
Both men have denied the allegations.
The former AG was charged with misbehaviour in public office and perverting the course of justice.
The latter was linked to a report made by Police Complaints Authority (PCA) Director David West in January 2015, in which he accused Ramlogan of attempting to get him (West) to withdraw his statement in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley.
In 2012, Dr Rowley raised concerns over certain transactions at the AG’s office. Ramlogan sued him for defamation but eventually dropped the charges.
Author: Dareece Polo
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