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Trinidad's court set $150,000 bail for Baksh A&V Oi, & Gas boss on obstructing justice charge


By Kevon Felmine

Petroleumworld 03 13 201

Embattled A&V Oil and Gas Ltd CEO Hanif Nazim Baksh appeared in the San Fernando Magistrate's Court yesterday, charged with attempting to obstruct the course of justice.

The matter is related to the alleged assault case involving Guardian Media Ltd's senior photographer Kristian De Silva on September 15 last year.

Presiding in the San Fernando First Court yesterday, Senior Magistrate Cherril-Anne Antoine read the charge that on November 9, 2017, at Penal, Baksh, knowingly or reasonably believing Khusial Motiram was a potential witness in a criminal investigation into the assault of De Silva and the malicious damage of property belonging to De Silva, for which Baksh was a suspect, used threats to influence Motiram to give false evidence and withhold true evidence.

Baksh was represented by former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj SC and former deputy chairman of the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) Michael Rooplal.

Baksh, the father of former government senator Allyson Baksh, was not called upon to plead as the charge was laid indictably.

He was arrested on Thursday at his home along Nazim Avenue, San Francique, following an investigation by the Police Complaints Division. Following an identification parade at the San Fernando Police Station on Saturday, Ag ASP Joseph Chandool laid the charge. He was able to secure bail of $150,000 at the police station ahead of his appearance yesterday.

Although Antoine granted that the bail continued, Baksh remained at the court for several hours seeking approval from the Clerk of the Peace.

Baksh is jointly charged along with his son-law Cpl Billy Ramsundar, a police officer with 25 years service with the the assault on De Silva and malicious damage while outside A&V Oil and Gas Ltd at Nazim Avenue, San Francique.

Story by Kevon Felmine from Trinidad & Tobago Guardian
03 13 2018

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