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.

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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.


Public Services Association (PSA) president Watson Duke is facing one charge under the Sedition Act. The charge was read to Duke last night at the Central Police Station, St Vincent Street, Port of Spain.

Former Strategic Services Agency (SSA) intelligence director Carlton Dennie is sticking to his claim that there were orders from the top to fire all East Indians from the agency.

PRIME Minister Dr Keith Rowley is now seeking legal advice as to whether former Strategic Services Agency (SSA) director of Intelligence, Carlton Dennie broke any vows of secrecy to the organisation when he claimed on Monday to have been ordered to fire employees of East Indian descent.

BANDITS stormed a KFC outlet in Westmoorings yesterday, robbing staff and patrons months after a man was shot and killed in the ­outlet’s car park.