ANAND’S MISSING WITNESS
...Neighbour named in legal letter as being interviewed by reporter was out of the country at the time
Attorney Abdel Mohammed, the neighbour of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan named in a pre-action legal letter as a person interviewed by investigative reporter Anika Gumbs as she pursued a story following certain reports was actually not in the country at the time the letter alleged Gumbs spoke with him at his Palm Villas, Palmiste, home, next to the house the AG shares with his wife, Nalini Ramlogan, Sunday Express investigations have revealed.
Further investigations have shown that Mohammed is an attorney attached to the Freedom Law Chambers in Harris Street, San Fernando.
He is currently vacationing abroad and was out of the country when Gumbs went to the AG’s home two Tuesdays ago.
The law firm was formerly headed by Ramlogan and is now led by attorney Cindy Bhagwandeen.
Mohammed is on record with attorney Kent Samal, who is also attached to the chambers and has represented a number of defendants in matters against the State.
In a legal letter sent to Express editor-in-chief Omatie Lyder on Septem-
ber 7, attorney Jagdeo Singh—who is representing Mrs Ramlogan—alleged Gumbs identified herself as a police officer attached to the San Fernando Police Station when she interviewed Mohammed.
Mrs Ramlogan’s letter followed a similar one sent by attorney Pamela Elder SC, on behalf of the AG, on September 5 to Lyder, threatening legal action if the Sunday Express published “falsities” with regard to information Gumbs was investigating.
The Express, in keeping with sound journa-
listic principles, had earlier embarked on the investigation, following certain reports which led to an interview with Mrs Ramlogan in Palmiste, and another with her parents at their Barrackpore home, where certain questions were asked.
Like her husband, Mrs Ramlogan also alleged Gumbs impersonated a police officer at her parents, Samlal and Shantee Nanan’s, home two Thursdays ago, which would contravene Section 62 of the Police Service Act Chap 15:01.
Two Wednesdays ago, Ramlogan telephoned Lyder, claiming Gumbs had pretended to be looking for a place to rent when she approached his in-laws.
The Express record shows Gumbs did not impersonate a police officer to gain access to the Palm Villas compound and on meeting the AG’s father-in-law, Gumbs said: “Uncle, how are you going, we (identifying photographer Innis Francis) are from the Trinidad Express.”
Gumbs has denied not identifying herself to the AG’s wife and further said she was recognised by the AG’s helper who was at the home at the time and who had worked at the Guardian South Bureau at the same time in the past.
Continuing Sunday Express investigations have uncovered Mohammed has been on vacation for the past two weeks and is out of the country.
He is expected to return to work on September 23.
The Sunday Express record also shows Gumbs never interviewed Mohammed.
And up to Friday, no police report had been filed by Ramlogan, or his wife, following their claims against Gumbs.
In fact, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson, when contacted last Friday on whether an official police report was made against Gumbs, said, “I have not received any such report.”
Similarly, checks at both the Barrackpore and San Fernando Police Stations showed no report was made against Gumbs.