Marlene McDonald

MARLENE WHISKED AWAY: Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald was placed in a police vehicle last Friday night by officers of the Professional Standards Bureau and taken to the St Joseph Police Station, where she spent the night. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

A FORMER permanent secretary at the Government ministry and three contractors remained in police custody last evening as Fraud Squad detectives intensified their questioning into an alleged multi-million-dollar financial misappropriation probe that led to the arrest of Public Administration Minister Marlene McDonald.

The four people held brings the total to six, inclusive of McDonald and her husband Michael Carew, who have been in police custody since early Thursday morning.

The Sunday Express understands that one contractor was arrested in Tobago on Friday morning and brought back to Trinidad for questioning. Also in custody are two contractors, one of whom resides in St James and another who lives in Santa Margarita, St Augustine.


Iwer! Iwer! Iwer!

That repetitive chant, 1,000-plus voices strong, heralded the return of Neil “Iwer” George to soca supremacy long before any results were read on Saturday morning at the International Soca Monarch (ISM) final.

The Point Fortin-born veteran soca performer secured his fourth overall ISM title and second power soca category win, with an emphatic performance of his Road March contending collaboration with Kees Dieffenthaller — “Stage Gone Bad” — at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port of Spain.

THE breathtaking Salybia Beach you knew and loved does not exist anymore.

Illegal occupancy has turned the beach in Toco from a pristine sea-front into a muddle of illegal structures with an unplanned fishing port.

THE Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is seeking the public’s help to find five-year-old Keegan Primus.

Keegan, of Second Caledonia Road, Morvant was last seen on upper Frederick Street in the vicinity of the Port of Spain State Prison (Royal Jail) around 1 p.m. yesterday and was reported missing to the Central Station around 3.10 p.m.