Former public administration minister Marlene McDonald

‘i will have my day’: Former public administration minister Marlene McDonald is all smiles as she arrives at the Port of Spain Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

APPROXIMATELY 22 witnesses will be called to testify against former public administration minister Marlene McDonald and four others accused of conspiring to defraud the State.

This was revealed yesterday when McDonald made her first court appearance since being charged with the offences last month.

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McDonald stood alongside her husband Michael Carew; former chairman of the National Self-Help Commission Edgar Zephyrine; and contractors Wayne Anthony and Victor McEachrane before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle in the Port of Spain Court yesterday.

The charges against McDonald were officially read to her and she was not called upon to plead since they were all laid indictably.

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