Anand Ramlogan and Gerald Ramdeen will have their cases in court dealt with in the shortest possible time frame, following their first appearance in court today.
The two have been called to answer charges related to kickbacks from state briefs.
When they appeared before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court this morning, Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard afreed with Ramlogan and Ramdeen's lawyers, to expedite the case.
Ramlogan's attorney, Pamela Elder asked for expediency as she pointed out that the witness Vincent Nelson is ill and could even die before giving evidence.
The matter was adjourned to June 28th.
Speaking with the media outside the court, Ramlogan said that he believes the "truth will emerge in due time".
"I will live my live as usual. No weapon that formed against me will prosper," Ramlogan added.
He said he has confidence in his lawyers.
On May 1, Anand Ramlogan was detained at the Piarco International Airport by ACIB officers at 4.15 am and taken to the office at 33 Independence Square, Port-of-Spain.
Ramdeen was told that there was a warrant out for his arrest and surrendered to officers at the same ACIB office around 7 a.m that same morning.
It was reported that the two were held in connection with information received from a whistleblower, Queen’s Counsel Vincent Nelson.
Nelson appeared in court on Thursday under a plea bargaining deal which will see him plead guilty to three charges and testify for the State against Ramlogan and Ramdeen.
By Friday night after more than 70 hours in custody, it was reported that both men were charged with three offences of conspiracy to receive financial rewards.
Ramlogan was placed on a $1.2 million bail, while Ramdeen was placed on a $1.5 million bail.
Critical sections of
Proceeds of Crime Act
44. (1) An offence committed under section 45 shall be known as a money laundering offence and the term “money laundering” shall be construed accordingly.
(2) The offence of money laundering is an indictable offence.
45. (1) A person who knows or has reasonable grounds to suspect that property is criminal property and who—
(a) engages directly or indirectly, in a transaction that involves that criminal property; or
(b) receives, possesses, conceals, disposes of, disguises, transfers, brings into, or sends out of Trinidad and Tobago, that criminal property; or
(c) converts, transfers or removes from Trinidad and Tobago that criminal property, commits an offence of money laundering.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a financial institution or listed business knows or has grounds to suspect that the property is criminal property, if it or he fails to take reasonable steps to implement or apply procedures to control or combat money laundering in accordance with the Regulations made pursuant to section 56.
(3) Where a person is charged with an offence under this section and the Court is satisfied that the property in his possession or under his control was not acquired from income derived from a legitimate source, it shall be presumed, unless the contrary is proven, that the property is criminal property.
(4) For the purposes of subsection (3), the standard of proof required by the person referred to in that subsection, shall be that applicable in civil proceedings.
- by Derek Achong and Mark Bassant