Anand Ramlogan, the prominent Trinidad & Tobago attorney representing House of Assembly Speaker Julian Willock, has been arrested.
According to Trinidadian news media, Willock’s attorney was arrested at Piarco airport in the twin-island republic Wednesday morning while boarding a flight to the BVI.
The attorney — who was returning to the BVI for the continuation of his client’s court case against representative-elect of the Fourth District Mark Vanterpool – was arrested in connection to reports of money laundering during his time as Trinidad’s Attorney General, BVI News understands.
“Ramlogan was detained at the Piarco International Airport around 4:15 am shortly before he was expected to board a flight to the British Virgin Islands, where he was scheduled to appear in court,” the Trinidad & Tobago Guardian reported on Wednesday.
It continued: “For the last few years, investigators have been looking into hefty sums of money paid out by the AG’s office to a ‘favoured few’, according to senior government minister Stuart Young. Under Ramlogan’s tenure, more than $1 billion was paid to a handful of people in the legal profession. That figure ballooned from about $40 million during the previous administration.”
The attorney has previously denied any wrongdoing, the publication further said.
Meanwhile, Ramlogan was supposed to be present to represent Willock Thursday, as Justice Ann-Marie Smith rules on whether Vanterpool will be sworn-in as the Fourth District Representative.
BVI News will provide more information as this breaking story develops.
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