Sophia businessman charged for attempting to bribe Police

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….along with accomplice

A prominent Sophia entrepreneur and his accomplice were on Tuesday afternoon brought before the court of Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan where they were jointly charged for attempting to bribe a Police Officer.

The charge read that Kemendra Ragubeer and Anil Persaud on May 12, 2017 at Brickdam Police Station corruptly uttered a sum of $500,000 to Police Constable Jerrol, as inducement to release Michael Ragubeer from custody.

Anil Persaud (left) and Kemendra Ragubeer were jointly charged

The duo denied the charges; both entering into not guilty pleas.

Ragubeer’s lawyer, Glen Hanoman maintained that his client was told to bring the said cash to the Police Station in order that his son may be released. Hanoman contended that his client was merely complying with instructions given as “all he tried to do was to bail his son”.

The court heard that Ragubeer is a father of five, having a fixed place of abode in C Field Sophia, while his counterpart is a 24-year-old bus conductor residing in B Field, Sophia, Georgetown.

Both men were released on $200,000 bail each after Prosecution Counsel made no motion to object.

This publication previously reported that Ragubeer’s son was one of two men arrested for allegedly disposing an illegal .32 pistol along with five live rounds of ammunition on Tuesday last while riding a motorcycle at Vlissengen Road, Georgetown.

It was reported that sometime around 09:30h on the day in question; ranks on patrol observed two men on a CG motorcycle without the rear registration plate. As the ranks ordered the suspects to stop, the pillion rider whipped out a firearm from his waist, tossed it onto the parapet and sped away. They were apprehended shortly thereafter.

The father then contacted a Police Officer and allegedly offered him monies to release his son. A sting operation was put into effect and Ragubeer was arrested and taken into Police custody when he turned up with the cash.

 

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