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Monday, April 24, 2006
BY INDARJIT SEURAJ

Lawyers for convicted Opposition Leader Basdeo Panday will go to Port-of-Spain High Court today, where they are expected to appeal the decision handed down yesterday by Chief Magistrate Sherman McNicolls.

McNicolls found the former prime minister guilty on all three counts of failing to declare a London bank account to the Integrity Commission for the years 1997, ’98 and ’99, contrary to Section 27 (1)(b) of the Integrity in Public Life Act, 1987.

Panday was remanded into the custody of the T&T Prisons Service, after being sentenced to a term of two years' imprisonment with hard labour. He was eventually taken to the Maximum Security Prison in Arouca.

He was also ordered to pay more than $1.8 million to the State.

The defence team made an application yesterday to go before a judge in chambers for bail, after McNicolls denied the 72-year-old politician bail, pending the outcome of the appeal.

Friday is the day normally set aside for such applications, unless the case is deemed an emergency and an earlier date is given.

Until then, the UNC political leader will spend the next few days in jail until his lawyers can secure his bail.

The Trinidad Guardian
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