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