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Freed from Venezuelan jail, Trini Muslim in court for fraud


Trinidad Express / DAYS after being released from a Venezuelan prison where he spent over two years with four other Trinidadian Muslim men, Wayne Charles appeared in court on Monday.

Charles appeared before magistrate for allegedly committing fraud to purchase a vehicle.

Magistrate Brahmanand Dubay read the charge that on between August 2, 2011 and December 20, 2013, Charles fraudulently converted $279,962 entrusted to him by Ganesh Jaglal as a down payment for the purchase and importation of a ten tonne truck for Jaglal.

He pleaded not guilty and was granted  $120,000 bail, and instructed to report to the San Fernando Police Station twice per week.

Umar Abdullah, head of Waajihatul Islaamiyyah, (The Islamic Front) was present for the court hearing.

The case was postponed to December 22.

Charles returned to Trinidad on Friday after being released from a Caracas jail where he and the others were detained for 32 months.

He was taken into police custody upon his arrival at Piarco International Airport. 

The five men – Charles, Dominic Pitilal, Asim Luqman, Andre Battersby and Leslie Daisley- were arrested on terrorism charges on March 19, 2014, after the Venezuelan intelligence agency raided their hotel rooms and detained them to face terrorism charges. The charges were later changed to intention to commit espionage and commit a criminal act.

In October this year, a judge passed a guilty verdict and sentence of two years, six months and 25 days on the men.

They were released after the judge in Venezuela said they had already served this time.

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