The stolen Range Rover licensed PCM 1100 belonging to interim deputy leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Anna Deonarine is impounded in Aranjuez.
The vehicle, sources say, has been there for the past two years after being seized by officers of the Stolen Vehicle Unit (SVU).
Sources say the white Range Rover will remain at the Mangra Trace police compound until a decision is made on whether it will remain in Trinidad and Tobago or be shipped back to the United Kingdom.
When the Express visited the area in which the vehicle was being kept, the tyres were flat. The vehicle was parked alongside another luxury vehicle — an Audi.
From a distance, the Range Rover appeared to be rusting due to being exposed to natural elements.
According to reports, the black vehicle was reported stolen from Lombard Vehicle Management in the United Kingdom between May 2008 and December 2008. The vehicle, which was re-painted white, was then bought by Deonarine.
Following the expose, Deonarine has maintained she was unaware that the vehicle was stolen.
Local attorney Jessica Maicoo was retained by Barry Hancock of BR International Ltd who was acting on behalf of Lombard Vehicle Management (LVM), the legal owner of the vehicle.
Maicoo wrote to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan on October 17, 2013, requesting that Range Rover Diesel Sport Estate 2.7 TDV6 S five door automatic vehicle locally licensed as PCM 1100 and bearing the Chassis/Frame N SALLSAA138A179106 be returned.
Sources say a representative from LVM will soon arrive in T&T to inspect the vehicle and determine whether it will be feasible to have it exported.
The contentious Range Rover came into the spotlight during the People’s Partnership local government elections campaign.
The issue was raised by Ramlogan who said St Joseph candidate Ian Alleyne had brought to his attention various discrepancies following the purchase of the vehicle.
Alleyne then produced an original police file bearing documentation pertaining to the investigation.
Following the disclosure on the Partnership platform and statements by Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal and Alleyne, Deonarine has taken legal action and directed all media enquiries to her attorney, Keith Scotland.
Contacted yesterday afternoon, Scotland, during a brief telephone interview, said Deonarine is in the process of “defending her integrity”.
Scotland was asked whether Deonarine will be challenging the decision of Ramlogan to have the Range Rover exported to the UK.
The attorney said: “I can say that my client is in the process of defending her integrity and good name. Certain action will be taken on her behalf.”
Asked whether such action included halting the process of shipping the vehicle, Scotland declined to comment, instead stating he needed to consult Queen’s Counsel Andrew Mitchell.
“I will need to have a conference with Mr Mitchell to discuss this further,” he said, adding there was nothing more he could add.
Last week, the Express exclusively reported that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard earlier this year cleared Deonarine of criminal wrongdoing in relation to the purchase of a luxury vehicle.
This has been questioned by Ramlogan.