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AG wants DPP probe into Range Rover, $13m land deal
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan says he will write to Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard to investigate whether any fraud took place in the purchase of land and a Range Rover owned by Independent Liberal Party (ILP) deputy political leader Anna Deonarine. Speaking at a UNC meeting in Gasparillo on Thursday night, Ramlogan said the letter had already been drafted and was expected to reach Gaspard yesterday morning.
“I have drafted a letter to send to the honourable DPP in the morning and I have highlighted the facts, and I am asking them to investigate whether this is a fraudulent transaction,” Ramlogan said. He said he was doing this to ensure that justice is served, as an investigation done by St Joseph candidate Ian Alleyne suggested there might be false documentation at the Licensing Office and the Customs and Excise Division about the importation of Deonarine’s Range Rover from the United Kingdom.
“I am not saying this in Parliament, I have no parliamentary privileges...I invite them to sue me if they so desire because the truth shall set me free,” Ramlogan said. “When this matter of the Range Rover first broke through an investigation done by our dear friend, brother Ian Alleyne, we were given documents to support what we were saying.” He questioned a story in a daily newspaper which said the DPP had cleared Deonarine months ago, saying Gaspard had no evidence to consider laying any charge.
“Know this, nowhere in the article is the DPP quoted—but they said the DPP cleared her,” Ramlogan said. Revealing information from a police report obtained by Alleyne, Ramlogan said: “They have no statement from the Licensing Office to explain how the thief car got licensed and they no have statement from the customs department to explain how come the car even got cleared at the port.
“It is on that basis those statements would have formed and supplied the factual matrix that would locate any reasonable decision that the DPP would have to make.” The DPP could only decide whether to lay charges on the basis of the police file, he said. “He does not investigate anything, that is the work of the police. So when the DPP gets a file, minus the four main parts of the jigsaw puzzle, obviously the DPP can’t lay any charge.”
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