Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 22nd 2013 Contents A8
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, October 22, 2013
As the Range Rover controversy makes headlines
in the United Kingdom, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan says within a week or two, he will make
arrangements to have the stolen vehicle shipped
back to the UK owners.
However, before doing so, Ramlogan said, he will
give ILP deputy political leader Anna Deonarine an
opportunity to explain how she ended up buying the
stolen Range Rover.
A report headlined "Paradise island leader bought
Range Rover stolen in Birmingham" was carried
online on the Birmingham Mail s Web site---
www.birminghammail.co.uk---on Friday. The story
said the Range Rover was snatched from Birmingham
on May 15, 2008, by someone who had hired it using
false personal details. It was taken from Lombard
Vehicle Management and sent abroad in December
of that year.
Lombard is trying to get it back from the T&T
authorities and has hired Barry Hancock, a specialist
in investigating the international trafficking of stolen
vehicles. The report quoted a source who said, "Local
authorities were un-co-operative from day one."
But in a telephone interview yesterday, Ramlogan
revealed he had been in contact with Hancock.
Asked why the vehicle has not yet been handed
over, Ramlogan said, "We cannot just give back the
vehicle just so. We have to do our investigations."
He said Hancock gave the T&T authorities a file
containing details of the transaction. Hancock came
to Trinidad two months ago to try to retrieve the
"We have the relevant information. Hancock has
provided a detailed statement and we have the relevant
information from the side of the UK owners. What
we do not have is any statement from Deonarine,"
He added, "The expose carried in yesterday s
Guardian has fortified the concerns about the sus-
picious circumstances surrounding this transaction,
as it would appear that Deonarine-Rampersad s state-
ment that she did not import this vehicle is at odds
with the documentary evidence, which show not
one but two import licences were granted to her
company for the importation of two Range Rovers.
"The second licence was granted in a breathtaking
record-breaking space of one day, after a handwritten
note was submitted asking for the first licence to be
amended to facilitate the importation of this second
Range Rover, which turned out to be a stolen vehi-
Asked when the vehicle will be shipped back, Ram-
logan said, "I will give Deonarine an opportunity to
respond to the letter from Karl Hudson-Phillips
chambers. She should be given an opportunity to
present her case and thus far, she has not done so.
"I do not know if she intends to dispute the claim
made by the original owners of the vehicle at the
time that it was stolen from the United Kingdom.
Due process must be followed and we will wait on
He noted, "This is critical in light of the fact that
she failed and refused to give a statement to the
police for over two years to explain and provide rel-
evant information regarding how she came to be in
possession of this stolen vehicle."
Vehicle supplier vanishes
Ramlogan added that Nadeem Baksh, who is listed
as the supplier of the vehicle, has vanished into thin
"The only person who had contact with Baksh is
Deonarine. The police want to ask her banking details
and trace this fellow.
"Even if she doesn t respond, within a week or
two, that vehicle will be shipped back to London,"
The T&T Guardian tried to contact Han-
cock at his office in the United Kingdom
but there was no reply except for an auto-
mated voice message and he has not yet
replied to an e-mail request for informa-
Hancock works for BR International Ltd,
based in Hove, Sussex, which has specialised
in the field of vehicle theft recovery and
investigation since 1987. Its services are
employed by numerous insurance companies
and finance Houses in the United Kingdom
Deonarine, a lawyer, has maintained that
she was a victim of the stolen-car racket
and disclosed that she wrote to Ramlogan
and head of the Police Complaints Authority
(PCA), Gillian Lucky, appealing for an inter-
vention to resolve the matter speedily.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP)
Roger Gaspard earlier this year cleared
Deonarine-Rampersad of criminal wrong-
doing in relation to the purchase of the
vehicle. Deonarine-Rampersad has since
threatened legal action and has referred the
matter to her attorneys.
Disputed Range Rover heads back to UK
AG gives Anna chance to reply
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