Marlene McDonald

Charged: Marlene McDonald

Former Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald has been granted bail amounting to $2 million.

The charges against her were read in absentia this afternoon since she is at the St Clair Medical Hospital, being treated for an undisclosed ailment.


Michael Carew leaving court. Photo: Robert Taylor

McDonald's husband Michael Carew is on $500,000 bail.

Edgar Zephyrine, former head of the National Commission for Self Help was granted $1 million bail.

Contractor Wayne Anthony was granted $100,000 bail and contractor Victor McEachrane was granted $400,000.


OUT ON BAIL: Edgar Zephyrine

All five were charged with offences of conspiracy to defraud the Government, and offences of money laundering.

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Victor McEachrane  and Wayne Anthony. Photo: Robert Taylor

McDonald was also charged with misbehaviour in public office.  

A total of 49 charges were read by Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earl Caddle.

The cases were adjourned to September 9.


CHIEF executive officer of the Tri­ni­dad and Tobago Chamber of Indus­try and Commerce (TTCIC) Gabri­el Faria yesterday described as a waste of time and financial resources spent fighting an enquiry into a contempt of court allegation which was discontinued after almost three years.

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DESPITE attempts to have him bailed out yesterday, relatives of fraud and conspiracy-accused Michael Carew were unsuccessful and he spent last night at the Port of Spain Prison.

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