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A 26-year-old businessman of
south Trinidad has been cleared of
larceny of alcohol from the San
Fernando Yacht Club in 2010.
Steve Ghany Jr, son of property
developer Steve Ghany, was freed of
the charge last week after San Fer-
nando magistrate Ava Vandenburg-
Bailey dismissed the matter pursuant
to undue delays in prosecuting the
Ghany Jr and Aleem Caliph were
charged with stealing an undisclosed
amount of alcohol from the bar at
the Hubert Rance Street, Vistabella,
club in September 2010.
However, footage from CCTV
cameras at the club tendered as evi-
dence in their case showed that
Ghany Jr was in the precincts of the
club at the time of the robbery and
that the real culprit had merely fol-
lowed him through the club s gate
when he was entering.
While he maintained his inno-
cence, Ghany Jr also decided to pay
for the stolen alcohol in a bid to
maintain his family s longstanding
relationship with the club, where
they have been members for over
30 years. In an interview with his
lawyer Wayne Sturge, Ghany Jr said
he was relieved by the outcome as
he was facing the charge for some
Although he said the allegation
had caused him some worry, he said
he was able to overcome that with
the support of his family and friends
and by focusing on what he deemed
to be important to him, his career.
"This experience has taught me
how envious, spiteful and wicked
people could be against someone
whom they perceive to have more
than they do but they have no idea
how much determination, diligence
and long hours of hard work it takes
to achieve success," Ghany Jr said.
Ghany Jr now plans to sue the
State for malicious prosecution as
he said he had always maintained
that he was never involved in the
robbery and believed that the accu-
sation was part of a conspiracy to
tarnish his family s name.
He also intends to bring legal
action against the club, which
expelled him almost immediately
after he was charged.
He added: "It isn t about the
money, I may or may not get from
the lawsuit against the State but
rather the inherent fact that further
action must be taken against those
who perpetrated their nefarious acts
"This whole incident was a shock
for me. I spent over $75,000 in one
year on my account at the club and
they charged me with stealing less
than $3,000 in liquor," Ghany Jr said.
He was also represented by Sean
Just months before the next
general election in T&T, a new
political party has emerged.
However, while other parties are
traditionally made up of politicians,
the Youths, Organisations, Unifi-
cation and Reformation (YOUR)
party is made up of scientists.
The party was officially launched
on Saturday night at the La Quesa
Community Center, Freeport.
YOUR s political leader, Dennis
Ramdahin, said the party was
formed by working professionals
who are fed up of the state of the
He presented a manifesto which,
he said, was open to change and
boasted his party would change
T&T forever, if it got into office.
Ramdahin, who lived in New
York for about 20 years, said there
were approximately 650,000
nationals living abroad.
He said: "They want to come
home to retire and live out their
lives in peace but they cannot do
that when they look at the state of
the economy and crime rates.
"We need to put this Govern-
ment out of power to get rid of
those things, I don t have the
answers on how to do that but we
will develop them as we go along."
Ramdahin s plans include creat-
ing 100,000 sustainable jobs,
which, he says, will eradicate crime
and to diversify and grow the T&T
He is also proposing that all land-
fills be shut down and citizens be
taught to recycle waste.
He said the country needs a uni-
versity hospital, where students
could learn and practise in the field
The party s deputy political
leader, Wajjid Ogeer, said the party
also hoped for constitutional
reform, as it believed different laws
needed to be put in place to alle-
"Instead of putting people in jail,
where they can rest and relax and
get whatever type of food they want
to eat, we will put them to work,"
"We will put them to work 8 am-
4 pm, from Monday to Friday on
agricultural plantations. We will
also be paying them the minimum
wage," he added.
Ogeer was confident that would
deter all criminals.
"Once people see that happen-
ing, you think they going to be
breaking the laws? Nobody wants
to work in a plantation in the blaz-
ing hot sun all day long," he said.
Party of scientists formed
Businessman freed of larceny charge
Political leader of Youths, Organisations, Unification and Reformation
(YOUR) Party Trinidad and Tobago Dennis Ramdahin, right, together with,
from second right, Deyika Jaglal youth member, Judith de Verteuil,
treasurer, deputy leader Wahid Ageer and Lawrence Jittansingh, PRO, cut
the ribbon to officially launch the party at La Quesa Community Centre,
Freeport, on Saturday. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Ramdahin's plans include
sustainable jobs, which, he
says, will eradicate crime
and to diversify and grow
the T&T economy. He is also
proposing that all landfills
be shut down and citizens be
taught to recycle waste.
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