Another night in custody for Marlene

Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald and her common-law husband Michael Carew will spend another night in police custody after another lengthy day of interrogation on Friday.

McDonald was escorted out of the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) office at Matco Building on Henry Street at around 9:25pm, while members of the media were interviewing her attorney senior counsel Pamela Elder.

She stumbled down the stairs but was quickly rushed into an SUV. 

After spending the night at the St. Joseph Police Station, the Port of Spain South MP and Carew were brought to the PSB shortly before 8 am.

They spent over 12 hours being interogated at the building.

SC Elder confirmed that they spent five hours, from 8 am to 2 pm questioning Carew. 

They started interrogation of the Minister at around 5:35 pm, finishing shortly before Elder emerged to speak with the press.

"It has been another long interview but Ms McDonald, though the interview was comprehensive, I must say at certain times it was a bit amusing because those who know Minister McDonald would know she is a very passionate and forthright person," said Elder before being interrupted by McDonald's departure and Christine "Twiggy" Levia's outburst urging that her Minister be taken home.

Elder continued, "As I was saying she became a bit incensed by some of the questions she considered offensive."

Elder confirmed that no charges were laid against the Minister and her husband but they will remain in custody as Carew is to interviewed again tomorrow at 9am. 

- Peter Christopher

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