THE trial against former Attorney General (AG), Anil Nandlall in relation to the alleged larceny of over $2 million worth of law books from the Ministry of Legal Affairs continued on Tuesday with the testimony of a police witness.
The former AG is on trial for the alleged theft of the Lexis Nexis Law Reports of the Commonwealth that cost some $2M. The law reports are the property of the Ministry of Legal Affairs, the charge contends.
Before trial Magistrate Fabayo Azore, Police Corporal Munnilall Persaud, who is attached to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), took to the witness stand while being led by Special prosecutor Patrice Henry. Nandlall is represented by Attorney-at-Law Neil Boston, S.C, Glen Hanoman and Devindra Kissoon.
The matter has been adjourned until December 8 for continuation. Earlier, two witnesses had testified. They are; Janise Joe, former stores clerk at the Ministry of Legal Affairs (1999-2014), and Daniel Persaud, an accounts clerk at the said ministry.
Over the last two years, Nandlall has repeatedly confirmed that while he was AG, the law books were purchased for him by the state with approval by former President Ramotar. Nandlall had explained that the law books are in his possession and he has no intention of returning them to the state. He subsequently secured an order in the High Court which bars the police from seizing the books.
Nandlall had stated that the reports were acquired during his term in the office as attorney general and minister of legal affairs. He previously stated that he commenced subscribing to Lexis Nexis (U.K.), publishers of the Commonwealth Law Reports sometime in 2003, and the arrangement was that the reports be shipped to him along with an invoice.
He noted that before his appointment as attorney-general and minister of legal affairs, he requested that as a condition of his service, the state stand this expense and this was agreed. The items were taken with him when his party demitted office in May 2015. This, he said, was communicated to the relevant authorities.