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Kidnap and murder of US war vet: DPP drops case against accused

Trinidad Express / The only person in remand custody locally awaiting trial in connection with the kidnapping and murder of United States war veteran Balram “Balo” Maharaj in 2005, had the charge against him discontinued by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on Monday.

But even though the State has decided to not pursue the case against Kenneth Pierre based on a lack of evidence, he is still not a free man since he is still in custody awaiting trial in connection with another murder.

The decision to no longer proceed with the case was announced by an attorney from the DPP’s when the matter came up for hearing before Justice Maria Wilson at the Hall of Justice in Port of Spain.

 Close to a year ago, Pierre’s attorneys Ulric Skerritt and Raphael Morgan had written to the DPP asking that the charge by discontinued based on a lack of evidence. In the letter they had outlined that their client was not one of the individuals who was being sought by the United States Government in connection with the crime.

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