Friday, January 19, 2018

Gangar case postponed again

Failing to declare 6 bank accounts

THE matter involving former energy minister Finbar Gangar, who is charged with failing to declare six bank accounts to the Integrity Commission, has once again been postponed.

Gangar's attorney, Jagdeo Singh, called on Port of Spain First Court Magistrate Marcia Murray to adjourn the trial until the judicial review filed by Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard, in a similar matter involving former prime minister Basdeo Panday, is heard and determined.

Responding to the application, Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, who is representing the State, said the matter should proceed to trial since it has been pending for more than ten years. Seetahal also submitted that the matter should be heard before another court.

Murray said she was willing to await the outcome of the judicial review proceedings in the Panday matter to determine whether the ruling in that matter would have any impact on the one involving Gangar.

She adjourned the matter to April 5.

Gangar is charged with failing to declare, in 1998 and 1999, two bank accounts in Jersey, Channel Islands, two in New York and one each in Royal Bank and Scotiabank in South Trinidad.

The four accounts in the Channel Islands and New York are held jointly with his wife Maureen, while the accounts in Royal Bank and Scotiabank are in Gangar's name alone.