Charges dismissed against NGMC fmr. Manager, co-accused

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The charge of conspiracy to procure money under false pretence was dismissed against former General Manager (GM) of the New Guyana Marketing Corporation (NGMC), Nizam Hassan and his co-accused, Felecia De Souza-Madramootoo.

This decision was made by Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan on Friday, who ruled that the Prosecutor, Inspector Neville Jeffers failed to prove his case. She also cited the inconsistency of the evidence provided by several witnesses who testified during the trial.

The duo was on trial for conspiracy to procure money by paying themselves under false pretence in relation to the approval of payments for low-grade rehabilitation works done on the New GMC building at Robb Street, Georgetown.

De Souza-Madramootoo was represented by Attorney, Glenn Hanoman, while Attorney Marcel Bobb entered an appearance on behalf of Hassan.

Hassan, 50, of Good Hope, East Coast Demerara (ECD) and De Souza-Madramootoo, 34, of Lusignan, ECD, were on $250,000 bail each during the trial.

It is alleged that between October 28, 2010, and April 25, 2012, they conspired with each other to commit the offence by continuously approving payments which were made to the contractor of the engineering firm for works that were incompetently and incorrectly done with inferior materials, to rehabilitate the NGMC building at Robb and Alexander Streets, Bourda, Georgetown, knowing that such works should not have been approved.

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