Marlene McDonald’s companion Michael Carew and another man charged alongside the couple for corruption and money laundering, are yet to access bail.
Ms. McDonald, Mr. Carew, Victor Mc Eachrane, Edgar Zephyrine and Wayne Anthony were all granted bail when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby-Earle-Caddle in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court, one week ago.
Ms. McDonald, Mr. Zephyrine and Mr. Mc Eachrane were able to access their bail at the end of last week.
Reports are now saying Mr. Carew and Mr. Anthony’s relatives attempted to get approval of the bail, last Friday and yesterday, but were turned away as the Clerk of the Peace assigned to the court was absent from work.
They are expected to try again, today.
The two elderly men, who spent the past week in remand at the Port-of-Spain State Prison, were not the only ones affected by the situation as everyone who was granted bail at the court during the period was in a similar position.
The group is facing 49 charges over attempts to defraud the government by allegedly procuring funds Carew’s Calabar Foundation, under the guise that it was a charity.
61-year-old former Minister McDonald is facing 7 charges: 2 for conspiracy to defraud, 4 for misbehaviour in public office and 1 for money laundering.
She was granted $2 million bail and was only secured her freedom last Friday from the St. Clair Medical Centre where she was warded after being charged last Sunday.