Chief Executive Officer of Namalco Construction Services Naeem Ali appeared on Friday before a magistrate for the first time on the three charges laid against him earlier this month.
Ali was charged with driving under the influence, resisting arrest and assaulting constables Christopher Nanan, Satish Ramlal and Maxine Timothy at Suchit Trace, Penal on July 1.
It is alleged that Ali’s vehicle was stopped after he overtook a line of vehicles at high speed and that he resisted being detained and assaulted police officers as he tried to evade breathalyser tests which he subsequently failed.
He was placed on $50,000 bail at the Penal police station and the matter was placed to Friday’s date.
Ali appeared virtually before Siparia magistrate Ava Vandenberg-Bailey where he said he was not guilty of the three offences. Ali, 43 of Point Fortin, was represented by senior counsel Pamela Elder.
Police prosecutor Sheldon Salazar said that initial documents in the matter had been given to Ali.
The cross charges Ali brought against the three officers were also read by the magistrate.
The officers said they were not guilty of stealing $200,000 from him and of assaulting Ali, occasioning actual bodily harm. They told that they will be seeking to have a State attorney represent them in the matter.
Ali brought the cross charges against the officers two days after he was charged. Summonses were subsequently served on them. Ali claimed in a release that he was the victim of a “vicious and brutal assault by persons in plainclothes claiming to be police officers”. He also alleged in the release that he was “the subject of a brutal assault and other matters, which left me physically, mentally and emotionally scarred.”
Ali has also filed a report with the Professional Standards Bureau (PSB).
Vandenberg-Bailey adjourned the matters before her to April 25.