TT man to be charged with faking kidnapping

While police continue to search for his alleged conspirators, Sawak Maraj, the Trinidadian national who allegedly staged his own kidnapping after arriving in Guyana last Friday, is expected to be charged today.

A source close to the investigation yesterday told Stabroek News that Maraj will be charged with conspiracy and providing the police with false information.

Meanwhile, up to last evening the police were working with intelligence received to locate his two alleged accomplices, who are both Trinidadians. Wanted bulletins are expected to be issued for the two today.

One of the men arrived in Guyana last Tuesday, while the other arrived last Wednesday. They are said to have made the reservation at the Madewini Resort for Maraj last Thursday.

Sawak Maraj

Maraj, 33, a chemical engineer of Lot 131 Sandyways Fairways, Maraval, Trinidad, arrived in Guyana last Friday morning on the pretext of having an interview for a job here.

However, about three hours after his arrival, his parents were contacted by an unknown person, who indicated that their son was in custody in Guyana and a sum of money was later demanded for his safe release.

A photograph of Maraj, who is seen sitting with a cutlass being placed to his neck, was also circulated online.

After being alerted, the police launched an investigation and searches later led them to Maraj at the Madewini Resort. He was reportedly found sitting comfortably on a chair drinking juice in the company of an alleged accomplice.

Stabroek News understands that after arriving in Guyana, Maraj was reportedly picked up from the airport and taken to the resort.

The bus driver who allegedly picked him up and transported him to the resort was arrested but has since been released.

Investigators were able to target the Soesdyke-Linden Highway during their search after tracking the number used to contact Maraj’s family.

In 2001, Maraj reportedly staged his own kidnapping in his homeland.

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