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Gun dealer's suit against ex-policeman gets started

ISRAEL KHAN SC AND Douglas Mendes SC argued points of law for most of yesterday as the civil trial against retired Superintendent Chandraband Maharaj began before Justice Davindra Rampersad in the Port of Spain Fifth Civil court.

Licensed gun dealer Towfeek Ali recently filed a lawsuit against Supt Maharaj claiming that he had been maliciously prosecuted by Supt Maharaj following his arrest for the possession of two pistols in December 2004 at his business-place at Montrose, Chaguanas.

In fact he was acquitted in June 2011 after a nine-member jury took a little over 70 minutes to decide that he was not guilty.

Representing the interests of Ali was attorney, Mendes SC while Maharaj is being represented by Khan SC along with Earnest Koyless SC and Jagdeo Singh.

On more than seven occasions Supt Maharaj had to abruptly leave the courtroom yesterday as attorneys on both sides argued specific points of law as it related to the tendering of evidence from various sources including the personal diaries and pocket diaries of Supt Maharaj.

During the few times he was able to give evidence however he spoke about his pocket diary relating to the Towfeek Ali case which he claimed had been stolen from him by the police.

He said that it made no sense to report the theft citing a number of reasons why he felt he could not do so.

The case began at 10 a.m. yesterday morning but by 3.30 p.m. not much evidence had been presented and the matter was adjourned to February 27.

—GG

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