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ODPP to extradite woman facing trafficking and money laundering charges

December 5, 2018 1:19 pm
Seeta Ram

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is compiling papers to extradite Geeta Anjana Chandar, who is facing trafficking and money laundering charges along with her sister Seeta Ram.

The matter was called before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar this morning.

The sisters are charged with 35 counts of trafficking including 17 counts of trafficking persons, 16 counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of money laundering.

Justice Goundar said that if Geeta Ram voluntarily appears in court, it will be good for her, however if she is extradited than she will remain in custody.

Meanwhile, Seeta Ram’s lawyer indicated in court that her client will be pleading not guilty to her charges. Ram also made bail variation in relation to her curfew hours.

The defense lawyer informed the court that her client wants to take up a job which starts at 8am and ends at 5pm but as per her bail condition, a curfew is placed on her from 5pm and it takes her one hour to travel from her house to her work place and back again.

Justice Goundar allowed the variation and her curfew hours is now between 8pm to 5am.

It is alleged the two sisters obtained $52,142 from the 17 complainants by deception.

For the money laundering charges, it is alleged that Chandar between September and March 2014 disposed $79,991 into a BSP account and between February and May 2014, Seeta Ram allegedly disposed $2,525 into an Australian and a New Zealand bank account.

The matter has been adjourned to 1st March 2019.