Gerald Ramdeen says his decision to resign as a UNC senator, was to ensure he did ot hamper the party from forming the next government.
Ramdeen submitted his resignation to UNC political leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Monday, prior to appearing in court on three charges related to kickbacks from state briefs.
He described the charges as malicious.
The following is the letter Ramdeen wrote to Persad-Bissessar:
"The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC MP
Police are currently in the process of charging former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, SC, and UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen with three offences over their roles in a multi-million legal fee kickback conspiracy.
Detectives assigned to the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau (ACIB) were given the go ahead from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC after a meeting.
UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen, who has been detained along with former attorney general Anand Ramlogan in a legal fees kickback scam, was taken to a Medical Institution at 12:30 PM.
Ramdeen, who has been in police custody since Wednesday morning after surrendering to officers of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau, complained of feeling unwell just before noon.
Lawyers representing UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen have signalled their intention to challenge his lengthy detention in the probe into a legal fee kickback conspiracy.
Wednesday’s tragedy concerning the Venezuelan boat which overturned en route to T&T reinforces the need for this country—as Venezuela’s closest neighbour—to have a better border protection framework, says the Opposition United National Congress.
Opposition senators spoke about the issue yesterday following their meeting with the Election and Boundaries Commission.