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Jamaican-born attorney granted bail on corruption charge in Trinidad

Published:Thursday | May 2, 2019 | 4:06 PM
Vincent Nelson - CMC photo

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Queen’s Counsel Vincent Nelson was on Thursday granted bail in the sum of TT$100,000 on corruption conspiracy charges in connection with a series of financial transactions involving legal fees during the period of the UNC-led People’s Partnership Government’s term in office.

Nelson, who was born in Jamaica, appeared for the state in several cases in the administration and reportedly conspired with former attorney general Anand Ramlogan and attorney Gerald Ramdeen.

In court on Thursday, it was alleged that he conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen to receive, conceal and transfer criminal property given to Ramlogan by Nelson as the lawyer in various matters for the State.

It is also alleged that he conspired with Ramlogan and Ramdeen for the former to misbehave in public office with Ramlogan accepting rewards from Nelson and conspired to corruptly give Ramlogan rewards as Attorney General.

The matter will be transferred to the High Court in 14 days, in keeping with provisions of the Act and Nelson’s attorney Tom Allen QC, in seeking bail for his client, said it was part of the agreement with the prosecution that he be granted his own bail and no restrictions placed on him to leave the country.

Allen submitted that Nelson, since October 2017, has been fully cooperating with the prosecution at an “unprecedented level” and has given several witness statements knowing full well he has incriminated himself, despite risks to himself.

Allen said Nelson was the key prosecution witness and was “safer out of this jurisdiction.”

“There is a serious risk to him remaining in this jurisdiction. He would be safer abroad,” Allen said, also adding that Nelson also needed access to his doctors to treat with his health concerns.

Ramlogan and Ramdeen, who were arrested by police on Wednesday, are still in police custody. 

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