English QC to prosecute case; more arrests to come

Guardian Media understands that the State has retained Queen's Counsel Edward Jenkins for this matter. Jenkins was sworn into the bar today.

"Shockwaves will be going through the legal fraternity as this is number one of about seven matters to come," revealed a legal source following the arrest of former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen yesterday.

The source told Guardian Media that the other high profile matters nearing completion are also all linked to legal fees involving other prominent lawyers.  

Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan was arrested at Piarco International Airport early this morning, and Gerald Ramdeen, a UNC senator surrendered to officers of the Anti-Corruption Investigations Bureau(ACIB) who are investigating allegations of kickbacks and money laundering linked to high legal fees paid during the attorney general's tenure.

"When the dots are connected the public will see this type of investigation has never been done in Trinidad and Tobago," the source said.
Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith revealed last November that a new division which would be merged with various financial units would be set up to tackle fraud, corruption, and embezzlement.

Over the last few years, Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi had raised the issue of the inflated legal fees paid by the former UNC government.

 

 

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