ILP means “I love prison”, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said on Sunday night.
Ramlogan was speaking at a United National Congress (UNC) public meeting in Sangre Grande.
In a local government elections campaign marked by allegations and counter-allegations, Ramlogan said the newspaper report involving Independent Liberal Party (ILP) deputy leader Anna Deonarine and a stolen Range Rover was a “very suspicious story”.
“I prefer to believe the police over any car thief, alleged or otherwise, and would say that the police would ask for a statement when they catch somebody driving a stolen car.”
Ramlogan said the police investigation on the matter has reached the Central Authority and the Office of the Attorney General.
He said he wanted to tell Deonarine that she is not getting back the car, which is going on a ship, straight back to London, where it was allegedly stolen.
“That is the advice of the lawyers in the Office of the Attorney General,” he said.
Ramlogan said Deonarine bought a Range Rover, which normally costs between $1.2 to $1.6 million, for $240,000.
“That’s like yuh buying a gold chain for $20 and yuh ain’t ask no question.”
He said London Metropolitan Police Service wrote to the Commissioner of Police about an international car-stealing racket involving high-end luxury vehicles, which are being stolen in London and shipped to Trinidad and Tobago for sale.
“I understand that yesterday the remaining supporters of the ILP all rush and put ‘Car Search’ on their vehicles. They are now watching a certain person cuteye. When she walking, they think that inside her beautiful purse could be a wheel spanner, pliers and screw driver in it to hot wire their car and run away with it. They getting worried.”
He said Deonarine is claiming she did not know that the police wanted a statement from her. But Ramlogan said the police report said they were “fed up” asking Deonarine for a statement and she flatly refused. He said the police stopped Deonarine while driving and told her she was driven a stolen vehicle.
“So the police take the Range Rover and leave her at the end of the road and they ain’t ask “Madame, where you get this thief-car from, I need a statement from you?”
Ramlogan said this made no sense.
“When the police put her out of the Range Rover...she had to mop a drop or hitch hike a ride home. Maybe that is how she meet her political leader, meh pardner Jack.”
Ramlogan said the man Deonarine bought the car from is a man called Nadeem Baksh.
The Attorney General said the only person who “had close ties” with this “fraudster, this international crook” was Deonarine, who had not given the police a statement up to now. • See Page 18