Sea Lots community leader Cedric Burke, also known as Burkie, has been released from police custody and the large sum of money that was found in his possession on the day he was arrested has been returned to him.
Guardian Media understands that at about 2 pm on Friday Burke was handed over his $100,000 cash that the police found in his house on Wednesday morning during an intelligence operation that took place in the Sea Lots area.
Sea Lots businessman and community leader Cedric “Burkie” Burke’s malicious prosecution and false imprisonment lawsuit over his arrest and detention during the 2011 State of Emergency is expected to go on trial in February next year.
The trial of the case was expected to begin before Justice Robin Mohammed in the Port-of-Spain High Court yesterday but was rescheduled to February 5, next year.
Burke and his driver Keown “Baine” Bayne were arrested at the Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain on August 26, 2011.
Community leader Cedric “Burkie” Burke yesterday appealed to police officers to respect women’s privacy when carrying out raids.
In a brief interview near his Sea Lots home shortly after he was released from police custody yesterday morning, Burke claimed police officers acted inappropriately to his female relatives when they arrested him and raided two of his homes last week.