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Youth leader of the Jamaat Al
Muslimeen, Fuad Abu Bakr, has
pleaded not guilty to two charges
stemming from an incident at the
Belmont Police Station last year.
Appearing before Magistrate Carl
Quamina in the Port-of-Spain Third
Magistrates Court yesterday, Abu
Bakr who is himself an attorney,
was represented by Alexia Romero.
Prior to reading the charges,
Quamina was informed by Abu Bakr
he had only received the summonses
It is alleged that on July 23, 2015
at the Belmont Police Station Abu
Bakr conducted an act of disorderly
behaviour and also assaulted WPC
Cindy Ann Chase by beating.
Before entering his plea in relation
to the second charge, Abu Bakr
began: "I don t understand how I
could assault an officer."
He was later interrupted by
Quamina who instructed him to
enter a plea.
Requesting an expedited trial,
Romero also pressed for the dis-
closure of all evidential material
including audio visual and CCTV
footage, station diary extracts and
a copy of the summary of evidence.
She was also informed that
approximately six or seven prose-
cution witnesses would be called
to testify in the matter.
Ordering Romero to submit her
request for audio visual and CCTV
footage in writing, Quamina later
adjourned the matter to May 10 for
disclosure and July 26 for trial.
Consultant Vicky Boodram
remains in prison today after being
denied bail by a Port-of-Spain mag-
istrate on 40 new fraud charges
which are said to be worth more
than $1 million.
The former businesswoman, who
was unrepresented when she
appeared before Magistrate Christine
Charles in the First Court yesterday,
was out on $3 million bail for 138
fraud-related charges when she
allegedly committed the new
Clutching the sheaf of charges in
her hands as she stood in the pris-
oners dock, she also had no family
members present in court.
Clad in black fitted jeans and a
black top, Boodram, 39, wore rimless
glasses and her normally curly hair
was cut short and straight.
She was invited by the magistrate
to sit as the charges were read over
a 15-minute period.
Boodram, who was arrested last
week Tuesday and charged on Sunday
night, was not asked to enter a plea.
The court heard that between Jan-
uary 2012 to January 2016, Boodram
allegedly committed a rash of offences
which included stealing cash and
uttering forged documents.
The acts were reportedly commit-
ted in various parts of T&T, including
Port-of-Spain, Chaguanas, Tuna-
puna, Siparia and San Fernando.
Among the entities listed as per-
sons from whom monies had alleged-
ly been swindle, was the company V
E T Furlonge-Kelly.
V E T Furlonge-Kelly, located at
Upper Frederick Street, Port-of-
Spain, specialises in legal services,
lawyers and legal services business
Attorney Vitti Furlonge-Kelly has
previously represented Boodram in
Justice of the Peace Anthony
Soulette of Petit Valley, who previ-
ously had interactions with Boodram,
was also said to have been a victim
of the scam.
Objecting to bail, Insp Callister
Charles said checks were still being
done by Fraud Squad officers to
determine Boodram s exact place of
abode as locations at Ganbal Street,
Siparia and Tower C, One Woodbrook
Place, St James, could not be con-
The court heard that officers had
visited the Siparia location and
learned she had not been there for
the past month.
A key and swipe card for an apart-
ment at One Woodbrook Place were
also found in Boodram s possession.
Promising that she would have
legal representation by the next hear-
ing, Boodram sought to assure the
court she still lived with her parents
in Siparia and had been continuing
to report to the Siparia Police Station
as per her bail conditions.
Regarding the apartment at One
Woodbrook Place which officers said
was not registered to Boodram, she
explained that due to her job in Port-
of-Spain "there was no harm in me
renting an apartment."
She admitted that it was not in
her name but rather the company
with which she was employed.
However, she stressed she could
not access it without the key and
Stating that the lack of a proper
address was "a little bit of a problem,"
Magistrate Charles advised Boodram
to apply to a judge in chambers for
Seeking to adjourn the matter to
today, the magistrate heard from the
prosecutor that many of the female
police officers would not be available
as today is International Women s
Day and they would be involved in
As such, the prosecutor urged the
magistrate to adjourn it to a later
The matters were later transferred
to courts in the respective jurisdic-
Boodram is scheduled to reappear
in Port-of-Spain on March 15, while
she will appear before the Tunapuna
and Chaguanas Magistrates Courts
on March 10; before the Siparia Mag-
istrates Court on March 11 and in
San Fernando on March 17. (ALP)
A Freeport man
charged with defrauding
the Water and Sewerage
Authority (WASA) of
$13,982.50 has been
Brandon John, also
called Brandon James,
was not called on to
plead when he appeared
before Magistrate Chris-
tine Charles in the Port-
of-Spain First Magis-
trates Court yesterday.
John, 28, of Mission
Road, San Juan, was
accused of committing
the offences on February
26, February 29 and
March 1 at the RBC
branches in San Juan,
West Mall and St Augus-
Represented by attor-
ney Alexia Romero, the
court heard that John was
a father of two children,
aged seven and four, and
was also the main bread-
winner who worked as a
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No bail for Vicky Boodram
Boodram made headlines in 2009
after a number of persons
complained that they spent
thousands of dollars in tickets for
cruise trips which never
Boodram became this country's
first person to be charged with
money laundering under the
Proceeds of Crime Act (2000).
She operated Boodram Travel
Tours and Ship Ahoy Cruises Ltd.
Boodram's former husband, Ravi
Arjoonsingh, was also charged
alongside her in relation to the
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The allegations for which Abu
Bakr appeared yesterday
stemmed from an incident at
the Belmont Police Station in
the early morning of July 24,
Abu Bakr, along with a group of
members of the Jamaat Al
Muslimeen, had visited two
police stations over the course
of six hours to stand in solidarity
with persons who had been
detained during police inquiries.
At the Belmont Police Station,
Abu Bakr had gone to support
Stacy Griffith who is the wife of
murder accused Rajaee Ali, who
was being detained at the
station, allegedly without being
Abu Bakr, who is the leader of
the New National Vision (NNV)
political party, was among
Jamaat Al Muslimeen members
who got into a confrontation
with police officers at the
Abu Bakr subsequently filed a
report with the Commissioner of
Police detailing his version of
the events during which he
claimed he was choked and
assaulted in the confrontation.
Man charged with defrauding WASA
fabricator and in con-
struction to make ends
Appealing for leniency,
Romero said while John
had previously appeared
before the court, he cur-
rently had no pending
Insp Callister Charles
objected to bail as the
matters were deemed
"serious in nature."
This was later over-
ruled by Charles who
granted John $75,000
surety bail to be approved
by a clerk of the peace.
He was also ordered to
report to the Freeport
Police Station every
John is due to reappear
Fuad Abu Bakr, son of Imam Yasim Abu Bakr, leaves the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates' Court with his lawyer Alexia Romaro yesterday.
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Abu Bakr pleads not
guilty to assault charges
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