Sunday, February 25, 2018

$200,000 bail for Birju


FRAUD CHARGE: Dayanand Birju leaves the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

Bail totalling $200,000 was yesterday granted to former  Airports Authority general manager Dayanand Birju on a charge of fraud.

Birju made his first court appearance before Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar in the Port of Spain Eighth Court.

He was represented by attorney Rosario Sookdeo. The charge against Birju read that on August 8, 2012 at Piarco, he uttered a forged document stating he had a BSc degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, which he obtained on May 26,1988, in the name of Dayanand Birju, knowing it to be false and with the intent to defraud.

The matter was first reported exclusively in the Sunday Express. Bail was granted to Birju on two conditions. The first- that he surrender his passport to the police and secondly that he report to the San Fernando Police Station every Monday and Friday.

In addressing the court, Sookdeo raised concerns about Birju’s health, stating that due to an ailment his client’s  health would be under pressure if he was forced to wait too long, given that he could not maintain the wearing of shoes for a lengthy period.

Sookdeo said he was also concerned about  Birju having to report frequently to the police, deeming this to be  detrimental to his health.

Court prosecutor Insp Kissoon Baldoo reassured the court that Birju would be made comfortable while waiting in court and that he would be allowed to visit the police station in casual footwear.

Ayers-Caear stated that Birju’s bailor should have been present  at the time of the hearing and was told that the individual was commuting from a long distance away.

Walking with the aid of a cane, Birju remained expressionless during the hearing.

The matter was adjourned to May 28 and transferred to the Arima Magistrates’ Court.