ONE of the men who was detained in the alleged plot to kill Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and other politicians appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates' Court yesterday, charged with stealing a car.
Milton Algernon, also called Fareed Mustapha, told the court that while being held in connection with the plot, he was transferred from solitary confinement to the Guantanamo section of the Golden Grove Prison.
"I was having a very hard time. I was held for something I was never charged for," Algernon told Magistrate Annette McKenzie in the San Fernando First Court.
The 16 men held in connection with the alleged threat were released two Mondays ago after the State found there was insufficient evidence to lay charges against them.
However, Algernon remained in custody on other charges. He appeared in court yesterday on a charge of vehicle larceny. The charge was laid in September by Corporal Robert Joseph, of the Stolen Vehicles Squad.
Algernon pleaded for bail, saying it was the first time in his five court hearings on this charge that he faced a magistrate.
"Take into consideration what I have gone through, (what) my family has gone through and my children have gone through," the father of eight told the magistrate.
Algernon said he was in a senior position as a "director on the board of the Agricultural Society".
He is also the vice-president of the Sheep and Goat Farmers Association.
Dressed in traditional Muslim wear, including red and white headwear, Algernon asked the court to be lenient and grant him bail.
McKenzie placed him on $65,000 bail with Clerk of the Peace approval. When Algernon asked that the approval be removed, McKenzie said it was the first time he was being granted bail for the offence and given the nature of the charge, she preferred that it remain. She said he could make the application again on another occasion.
McKenzie said Algernon had two pending matters, having been jointly charged for possession of a firearm and ammunition in Arima.
Algernon is charged with those offences along with Shane "Asadullah" Crawford, 34, who was also detained for being involved in the alleged plot, and his wife Jamilla Onika Luqman, 22.
They were charged with being in possession of a Glock 9 mm pistol, 110 live rounds of assorted ammunition and four firearm magazines back in September while at Wallerfield.
McKenzie adjourned the San Fernando matter to January 16 next year.