Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and United National Congress (UNC) senator Gerald Ramdeen have been questioned by police about their alleged involvement in a money laundering scheme.
The police questioning came after the men spent more than eight hours in custody at the Anti-Corruption Investigative Bureau (ACIB) in Port-of-Spain yesterday.
While ACIB officers and police seniors remained tight-lipped throughout the day, Guardian Media was told that an international Queen’s Counsel is helping the State with its case against the two men.
According to sources inside the ACIB camp, the foreign QC worked for Ramlogan during the time he was attorney general and earned over $20 million in state briefs. It is alleged the QC had an agreement to pay back a percentage of the money to Ramlogan in exchange for the brief.
Guardian Media was told it is this matter that formed the basis of the State’s case against Ramdeen and Ramlogan.
The QC, Guardian Media was told, is ailing and is working with the State in exchange for some sort of leniency.
Just after 5 pm yesterday, both Ramlogan and Ramdeen accompanied police to their respective homes in Palmiste, San Fernando, where officers also conducted a search. Police also conducted a search at Ramdeen’s Woodbrook office yesterday.
The police search was the culmination of a long day of drama for both Ramlogan and Ramdeen. Ramlogan was detained by a Traffic Index officer and two ACIB officers at the Piarco International Airport yesterday morning at 4.15 am. He was about to board a flight to Miami to connect to the British Virgin Islands, where he is representing the BVI Speaker of the House Assembly, Julian Wilcox, in a judicial review matter.
Ramdeen was alerted that there was a warrant for his arrest and turned himself in at the ACIB office at 7 am, where he was officially taken into custody.
Ramlogan is being represented by Senior Counsel Pamela Elder, while Ramdeen is being represented by Wayne Sturge.
More arrests to come
Guardian Media understands that the State has retained Queen’s Counsel Edward Jenkins from England to prosecute the case. Jenkins was sworn to the local bar today.
“Shockwaves will be going through the legal fraternity, as this is number one of about seven matters to come,” revealed a legal source following the arrests.
The source said the other high profile matters nearing completion are also all linked to legal fees involving other prominent lawyers.
“When the dots are connected the public will see this type of investigation has never been done in Trinidad and Tobago,” a senior Government official said last night, adding the country can expect more arrests within the legal fraternity.