Nelson a no-show in court

The plea agreement matter involving Queen’s Counsel Vincent Nelson failed to begin as planned Thursday, as Nelson was unable to arrive in this country in time for the hearing.

The matter came up for hearing before High Court judge Malcolm Holdip at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain at 2 pm., but the court learned that Nelson was yet to return to this country from the United Kingdom.

On May 2, Nelson, 61, accepted a plea deal after he was charged with three offences related to the alleged kickback of millions of dollars in legal fees to former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and former United National Congress (UNC) senator Gerald Ramdeen.

Nelson was ac­cused of con­spir­ing with Ram­lo­gan and Ramdeen to re­ceive, con­ceal and trans­fer crim­i­nal prop­er­ty, name­ly the re­wards giv­en to Ram­lo­gan by Nel­son for be­ing ap­point­ed to rep­re­sent the State in sev­er­al cas­es as well as  con­spir­ing with them to cor­rupt­ly give Ram­lo­gan some of the funds and of con­spir­ing with them to make Ram­lo­gan mis­be­have in pub­lic of­fice by re­ceiv­ing some of the funds.

He pleaded guilty to the charges before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle and agreed to be a part the State's main witness in their case against Ramlogan and Ramdeen un­der the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure (Plea Dis­cus­sion and Plea Agree­ment) Act 2017, which was pro­claimed in January.

Ramlogan and Ramdeen were also hit with three conspiracy charges in relation to kickbacks one day after Nelson's appearance in court.

 - Peter Christopher

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