$100,000 bail for police officers on larceny charge

Two po­lice of­fi­cers have been warned to have no con­tact with a man who has al­leged that they stole mon­ey from him.

The warn­ing was giv­en to Po­lice Con­sta­bles Shaz­ard Ali, 29, and Sadeeq Ho­sein, 27, as a con­di­tion of their bail when they ap­peared in the Ch­agua­nas Mag­is­trates Court on Mon­day charged with mis­be­hav­iour in pub­lic of­fice.

The of­fi­cers who were at­tached to the Cunu­pia Po­lice Sta­tion at the time of the al­le­ga­tion were grant­ed $100,000 sure­ty bail by a Jus­tice of the Peace at the Cen­tral Po­lice Sta­tion on Sat­ur­day.

They were ar­rest­ed last Thurs­day fol­low­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions by the Pro­fes­sion­al Stan­dards Bu­reau (PSB) in­to al­le­ga­tions made by Muhammed Khan.

It is al­leged that on Au­gust 18 at War­ren Road, Cunu­pia, dur­ing a road traf­fic ex­er­cise the po­lice of­fi­cers stopped Khan's ve­hi­cle and dur­ing their in­ter­ac­tion with him al­leged­ly stole his mon­ey - TT$2,500 and US$1,300.

They were charged on Sat­ur­day by Cpl Mitchell of the PSB.

Ali who has been in the ser­vice for eight years and Ho­sein who has four years ser­vice ap­peared be­fore First Court Mag­is­trate Adri­an Dar­manie joint­ly charged with the of­fence.

Ali was rep­re­sent­ed by at­tor­ney Shi­va Boodoo while Ho­sein was rep­re­sent­ed by at­tor­ney Tara­dath Singh. Pros­e­cu­tor WS­gt Sood­een did not ob­ject to the bail but asked for con­di­tions.

The mag­is­trate did not vary the bail but or­dered the of­fi­cers to have no con­tact ei­ther di­rect­ly or in­di­rect­ly with Khan.

The mat­ter was ad­journed to Feb­ru­ary 18.

- by Sascha Wilson