$20M compensation: AG orders probe, speaks of missing file

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    The Attorney General has ordered an investigation into the State’s handling of a recent civil case in which nine former accused were awarded over $20 million in compensation.

    And a key concern is a missing file.

    The nine former accused were tried for the murder of businesswoman Vindra Naipaul-Coolman.

    Their claim for malicious prosecution was filed in May 2020, however the State failed to defend, leading to a judgement in their favour.

    At a media conference today, AG Reginald Armour spoke about the missing file.

    Mr Armour says they were able to retrieve soft copies of the file from the High Court’s registry.

    He also believes the investigation will help uncover answers.


    Meanwhile, the Opposition Leader believes today’s media conference by the Attorney General has only served to raise more questions than answers.

    Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar says it is beyond belief that a file against the state involving one of the most high-profile murder cases can “simply disappear” from the office of the Solicitor General.

    She also accused Mr Armour of trying to distance himself despite the Solicitor General’s office falling directly under his control.