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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 20:51

Trinidadian Accused Of Faking Kidnapping In Guyana Gets Bail

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Trinidad and Tobago National Sawaj Maraj, who faked his kidnapping in Guyana, has been granted bail.

Bail was granted in the amount of one million Guyanese dollars, or TT$30,000, only on the condition that he surrender his passport to the court.

He appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Ann McLennan. The Magistrate was told the police file on the matter is incomplete.

Maraj's Attorney argued for a speedy trial, while asking that his client be granted the pre-trial liberty of being released on bail. He was ordered to make his next court appearance on December 4th.

The Mechanical Engineer was charged last month for conspiring with others to fake his own kidnapping in an effort to extract a ransom from his parents back in Trinidad.

Shortly after arriving in Guyana, Maraj's parents received a telephone call from an unknown person, indicating that he had been kidnapped and demanding that they pay a ransom of US$700,000.

He reportedly told his parents and the police that he traveled there for a job interview.

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