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Police seek DPP’s advice in Pollonais’ kidnapping
Detectives probing the kidnapping of Palmiste mother Natalie Pollonais were seeking advice from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on whether to charge four men who were arrested last week.
Up to late yesterday, the officers from the San Fernando CID were awaiting instructions. No charges have been laid against the two police constables, a labourer and contractor held for the kidnapping.
However, police said they were carrying out further enquiries to ensure that the prosecution has a solid case to present to the court.
Pollonais, 49, of Palmiste, is the wife of Jason Pollonais, a director of the South Oropouche-based Inland and Offshore Contractors Ltd (IOCL).
CCTV footage showed that she left in her BMW 5308 hybrid sedan around 11.30 am. It also showed two men dressed in police uniform entering a white Nissan AD Wagon around the same time. One of the men was holding onto a registration plate.
Hours later, she was reported missing and San Fernando CID and Southern Division Task Force found her car abandoned in the parking lot of an apartment building at Cypress Hills, Union Hall.
The car had a false registration plate. Her kidnappers then demanded a US$300,000 ransom for her return.
Four days later, police conducted surveillance on a white Nissan AD Wagon that went to a hotel in Caroni and left minutes later.
The wagon was intercepted along the Churchill- Roosevelt Highway in El Socorro. The labourer, who was driving the wagon was arrested.
Southern Division CID then went to the La Romaine Police Post where they arrested the two officers while they were on duty.
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