ATTORNEY GENERAL Anand Ramlogan has claimed the reason the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) cleared Independent Liberal Party (ILP) deputy political leader Anna Deonarine from any wrongdoing in relation to the stolen Range Rover is because statements were not available from Deonarine and two State-owned institutions.
At a United National Congress (UNC) meeting at Gasparillo junction on Thursday night, Ramlogan said the police file in the case was without statements from Deonarine, the Licensing Authority and the Customs and Excise Department. He also said the person who sold Deonarine the vehicle could not be found to give the police a statement.
“The police file has no statement from the person they find driving the thief-car, Miss Anna Deonarine. They have no statement from the man who sold her the thief-car. The international car thief, they can’t find him. They have no statement from the Licensing Office to explain how the thief-car get licensed and they have no statement from the Customs Department to explain how come the car even get cleared at the port...
“So when the DPP gets a file minus the four main parts of the jigsaw puzzle, obviously the DPP can’t lay no charge... He cannot make any intelligent, informed decision about a file where you have the four main protagonists, and of the four main protagonists, you don’t have a single statement from any of them,” Ramlogan said.
He said Deonarine said she had been trying to give the police a statement, and this conflicted with the police investigator’s claim that he had been attempting to get a statement from her for the past two years.
Ramlogan said there was a document from the Ministry of Trade which showed that in 2009, a Range Rover was going to be imported through Deonarine’s company for $160,000.
He said an import licence was received but a handwritten letter was later sent, asking that the year of manufacture of the vehicle be changed, along with the cost and the name of the shipper.
“She got a licence through her company to import one kind of Range Rover and the same day she put this handwritten note asking them to change it to a different Range Rover, imported from a different man.
“The very same day, she got a new import licence... With that new import licence, issued in the name of Anna Deonarine’s company, they imported the stolen Range Rover,” Ramlogan said.
“I am not saying this in Parliament. I have no parliamentary privilege. I invite them to sue me if they so desire because the truth shall set me free,” Ramlogan said.
He said the issue about the Range Rover came to light after an investigation by United National Congress (UNC) candidate for the St Joseph by-election Ian Alleyne.
Alleyne, on the platform in Gasparillo, said he will not be naming his source.
Ramlogan said Deonarine had been outspoken on the ILP platform on the Range Rover issue, but had remained silent on the claim that millions had been deposited into an account for her by her parents, who had purchased 20 acres of land for $225,000 and sold it to Clico for $13 million.
“She clam up and say how Jack (Warner) advise her not tot talk... I want to tell him (Warner) silence is not an option. In the face of an allegation of fraudulent misrepresentation and siphoning $13 million out of poor people money in Clico. Because the people must get justice and I will see that,” Ramlogan said.
Earlier in the week, Ramlogan was criticised by many, including former attorneys general, the president of the Law Association and the Opposition Leader as being improper by revealing information against Deonarine while on a political platform.