$9M from Bar­ry Da­ta­ram to be for­fei­ted

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The Di­rec­tor of Pu­blic Pro­se­cu­ti­ons (DPP) has been gran­ted per­mis­si­on to dis­po­se of $9M, sus­pec­ted to be pro­ceeds from a cri­mi­nal en­ter­pri­se, be­lon­ging to Bar­ry Da­ta­ram, a con­vic­ted drug traf­fic­ker.

It was re­por­ted that the Spe­ci­al Or­ga­ni­zed Cri­me Unit (SOCU) was in pos­ses­si­on of the mo­ney af­ter it was found by Cust­oms An­ti Nar­co­tics Unit (CANU) ranks du­ring the raid of a hou­se oc­cu­pied by Da­ta­ram at 661 Fourth Ave­nue, Block ‘X’ Dia­mond, East Bank De­me­ra­ra, on April 16. This mo­ney was being in­ves­ti­ga­ted by SOCU. An at­tor­ney from the cham­bers of the DPP ma­de an ap­pli­ca­ti­on to ha­ve the as­sets for­fei­ted be­fo­re Ma­gi­stra­te Ju­dy Latch­man Wed­nes­day, in the Ge­or­ge­to­wn Ma­gi­stra­tes’ Courts. I has been un­der­stood that the court will ef­fect ser­vi­ce on No­vem­ber 25, when Da­ta­ram re­turns to court with his re­pu­ted wi­fe An­ja­nie Bood­na­ri­ne to fa­ce tri­al for il­legal am­mu­ni­ti­on pos­ses­si­on. Ja­mes Singh, Head of CANU had con­fir­med that over 100 pounds of co­cai­ne along with cash and am­mu­ni­ti­on we­re found at the ad­dress, which led to the ar­rest of Da­ta­ram, Bood­na­ri­ne, and two of their friends Antho­ny Gou­veia and Ko­mal Char­ran. A joint char­ge for pos­ses­si­on of nar­co­tics for traf­fic­king was in­sti­tu­ted against them. Ho­we­ver, Da­ta­ram was found guil­ty of the of­fen­ce and sen­ten­ced to 60 months im­prison­ment and fi­ned $164M in ab­sen­tia by Ma­gi­stra­te Latch­man. The others we­re freed. The DPP has sin­ce ap­peal the not guil­ty ver­dicts.


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