Four suspects remain in custody for Pollonais kidnapping

Four suspects including two police constables, a contractor and a labourer, who were arrested for the kidnapping of Natalie Pollonais, will spend the weekend in police custody as investigations into the kidnapping continue.

Even though it is more than 48 hours since they were arrested, the four men are being kept at undisclosed locations and are being interrogated separately.

The contractor, aged 36, of Princes Town, is represented by an attorney, while the labourer of La Brea is unrepresented.

The two police officers who are attached to the La Romaine Police Post also have legal representation. 

A senior police officer said all of the suspects have the right to make an ap­pli­ca­tion for habeas cor­pus to de­cide if their de­ten­tion was valid or law­ful.

However, he said the four accused have been appraised as to why they were detained and the police had sufficient grounds to jus­ti­fy to a judge why they were being de­tained since Monday.

The senior police source also said any citizen who is arrested can be detained for up to 24 hours but thereafter, the police can detain someone without charge for seven days with the permission of a magistrate or a senior-ranked police officer. 

"In this case, we are facing a long and tedious investigation and at this point, we are not close to laying any charges," the source said.

Asked whether the men will be appearing in court on Monday, the source said that would depend on the direction the investigation takes over the weekend.

- by Radhica De Silva

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