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Man accused of voter-padding on $100,000 bail

By Akilah Phillip

The cousin of former government minister Ralph Maraj was released on $100,000 bail yesterday after he appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate charged with conspiracy to defraud the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC).

Suresh Maharaj, 34, was represented by attorney Prakash Ramadhar when he appeared before Magistrate Gillian David.

It is alleged that during the period March 1 to October 13, 2000 Maharaj conspired with Richard Ramkisson and others to defraud the EBC by causing persons to fraudulently change their address.

Prosecutor Sgt Kenneth Cordner made no objections to bail and informed the court Maharaj was not traced for a criminal record.

In making his bail application Ramadhar said Maharaj suffers from leukaemia and will require medical attention. Magistrate David then fixed bail for Maharaj and advised the prosecution to produce the tracing on the next hearing.

Maharaj a St Augustine businessman was held on Monday afternoon and charged by PC Radcliffe Boxhill.

According to reports his arrest follows months of investigation after the 2001 General Election. At 3:45 pm Maharaj was ushered out of the courthouse by his attorneys. The case was adjourned to March 20.

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