SOCU amends charge against Nandlall

The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) yesterday amended the charge against former Attorney-General Anil Nandlall, who is charged with fraudulently converting law reports, valued at over $2 million, which were allegedly the property of the Ministry of Legal Affairs.

It is alleged that Nandlall, between May 8, 2015 and May 29, 2015, at Georgetown, being a bailee and Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs and having 14 Commonwealth law reports, valued at $2,313,853 and property of the Ministry of Legal Affairs, fraudulently took or converted the reports to his own use and benefit.

During the resumption of the matter before trial Magistrate Fabayo Azore yesterday, SOCU prosecutor Patrice Henry requested an amendment of the charge to read “Law Reports of the Commonwealth” and not “Commonwealth Law Reports.” This request was granted by Magistrate Azore.

Henry also served Nandlall’s attorney with additional statements with one outstanding statement remaining. That additional statement will come from the Head of SOCU Sydney James.

Senior Counsel Neil Boston appeared for an absent Nandlall. Boston requested that there be an adjournment because his client was not in the country.

This request was later granted by the magistrate.

The trial is expected to continue on August 10.

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