CHIEF executive of Namalco Construction Services Naeem Ali has filed private criminal charges against three police officers alleging that they assaulted him and stole $.2 million from his vehicle during an exercise in Penal two Wednesdays ago.
In addition to the private charges, Ali has also filed a report with the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB) against the three: PCs Christopher Nanan and Satish Ramlal and WPC Maxine Timothy.
The Sunday Express understands that Ali filed the complaints at the Siparia Magistrates’ Court on Friday evening and that summonses addressed to the officers have since been delivered to the Penal Police Station requiring them to appear in court at a later date.
This is the latest in a chain of events after Ali was stopped during the exercise that took place on July 1 at Suchit Trace, Penal, not far from his job site. He was heading home when he was stopped. Following that interaction with the officers, Ali was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, assaulting the three officers and resisting arrest.
He is due to appear in court on July 31.
In a statement, the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) said Ali’s vehicle was stopped after overtaking a long line of vehicles at high speed. He was administered a breathalyser test which he failed. Further to that, the release stated that Ali, in an effort to resist subjecting himself to the test, tried to evade detention, assaulting the officers in the process.
However, the following day Ali issued his own media release, giving his side of what transpired. He claimed the police’s version of what had taken place was “one-sided”, claiming that he was the victim of a “vicious and brutal assault by persons in plainclothes claiming to be police officers”.
“Having never been arrested in my lifetime, far less charged or convicted of any criminal offence, I am extremely concerned about the unprofessional manner in which the police operated. “I am compelled to add my voice to the growing chorus of law-abiding citizens who have voiced concerns about the conduct of police officers in their dealings with innocent members of the public,” Ali stated.
“As a businessman, I am all too familiar with the risks that I face from criminal elements, and upon being stopped and physically restrained by persons who refused to identify themselves, I reacted as any person in my situation would have to free themselves, and ran to seek assistance from nearby residents. I was thereafter the subject of a brutal assault and other matters, which left me physically, mentally and emotionally scarred. I trust that the relevant authorities will treat my report with urgency and complete a thorough investigation into the incident which has resulted in grave distress to my family and me,” he stated.