A&V boss, son-in-law claim abuse of process by State

A&V Oil & Gas Ltd CEO Han­iff Naz­im Baksh and his son-in-law Sgt Bil­ly Ram­sun­dar will be fil­ing sub­mis­sions for abuse of process against the State.

Se­nior Coun­sel Ramesh Lawrence Ma­haraj made the dis­clo­sure when the men ap­peared in the Siparia Mag­is­trates' Court charged with as­sault and ma­li­cious dam­age of­fences aris­ing out of an al­leged at­tack against Guardian Me­dia Ltd se­nior pho­tog­ra­ph­er Kris­t­ian De Sil­va.

 

An abuse of process may be de­fined as mis­use or per­ver­sion of reg­u­lar­ly is­sued le­gal process for ul­te­ri­or rea­sons. If the court does not rule in favour of dis­miss­ing the case, the de­fence said it will file for ju­di­cial re­view.

These charges against Baksh and Ram­sun­dar arose out of a Sep­tem­ber 2017 in­ci­dent out­side A&V Oil and Gas Ltd along Naz­im Av­enue, San Fran­cique. Last Ju­ly, they were thrown out by se­nior mag­is­trate Mar­garet Alert. Alert had ac­ceed­ed to the de­fence's re­quest for a dis­missal of the case for a lack of pros­e­cu­tion.

At the time of the in­ci­dent, De Sil­va was cov­er­ing the A&V "Fake Oil" scan­dal. Weeks lat­er, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Roger Gas­pard or­dered that the charges be re­laid.

To­day's mat­ter was heard by Se­nior Mag­is­trate Wendy Dougdeen-Bal­ly in the Siparia First Court. The case will next be heard on Oc­to­ber 3.

 - Kevon Felmine

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