British Queen's Counsel Vincent Nelson, the State's cooperating witness in a legal fee kickback case against former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, SC, and former opposition senator Gerald Ramdeen, has been fined $2.25 million for his role in the crime.
The son of a housekeeper who works for former attorney general Anand Ramlogan on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of the illegal herb.
Kevin Ragbir, 37, was arrested during a police raid at his home at Philippine, San Fernando on Wednesday.
Ragbir, a gardener and electrician, appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates Court.
Prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said around 7.10 am on Wednesday the police went to his home with a warrant to search for arms and ammunition.
Police are currently in the process of charging former attorney general Anand Ramlogan, SC, and UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen with three offences over their roles in a multi-million legal fee kickback conspiracy.
Detectives assigned to the Anti-Corruption Investigation Bureau (ACIB) were given the go ahead from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC after a meeting.
Lawyers representing UNC Senator Gerald Ramdeen have signalled their intention to challenge his lengthy detention in the probe into a legal fee kickback conspiracy.
Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi says the preliminary inquiry into the witness tampering case against his predecessor Anand Ramlogan will begin on April 9.
The attorney general made the announcement during a press conference at the Attorney General and Legal Affairs Tower yesterday.
“I’ll be signing, at the request of the police, a witness statement on that matter immediately after this press conference,” said Al-Rawi.
Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan made a second appearance in court today on charges of misbehaviour in public office and obstruction of justice.
However, the matter was adjourned to April 27th, after just five minutes in the Port-of-Spain Magistrates Court.
Acting Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle Caddle presided over the hearing and was told the police file had not yet been sent by the police to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions for the appointment of a prosecutor.