Michael Patrick Aboud

Michael Patrick Aboud leaves the Port of Spain Magistrate’s Court. 

AFTER spending more than two weeks in prison custody on several criminal offences, businessman Michael Patrick Aboud was today released after successfully accessing $475,000 bail granted to him by a Port of Spain Magistrate earlier this month.

Aboud was released from the Port of Spain prison on Frederick Street around 8 a.m. after spending 15 days behind bars due to difficulties in getting the bail secured.

The Express understands that during his time on remand, Aboud spent considerable time at the infirmary after complaining of feeling unwell.

He is on five criminal charges - possession of a firearm, 15 rounds of ammunition, two devices for the use of cocaine and seven grammes of marijuana.

He was arrested on November 1 by officers of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT) after a warrant was executed at his Alexandra Street, St Clair home.

Three days later he appeared before Magistrate Aden Stroude at the Port of Spain Court where bail was granted.

During the hearing, criminal defence attorney Fareed Ali asked that a cash alternative to bail also be granted since his client was not the owner of any property.

This request was refused by the magistrate.

As a condition of his bail, Aboud is to report to police every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for the duration of time the matter is before the court or until the order is varied by the magistrate.

He will return to court on December 4.


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