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Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday morning dismissed 19 fraud charges that were previously laid against Ali. President Ali at the time was facing 19 charges for conspiring with unknown persons to sell lands located at Goedveragting- Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara known as “Pradoville 2”. He is accused of selling the plots of land for GYD$39.8 million.The case was built by SOCU’s sighting that land price at the cost of $212 million between the period 2010 and 2011. The application was laid before the Chief Magistrate by Attorney-at-Law Devindra Kissoon who sited that President Ali has immunity and as such requested that the charges be dropped.Article 182 of the constitution. The legislation stipulates that no criminal charges shall be continued against a sitting President, especially in respect of anything done by him in his private capacity.Attorney-at-Law Devindra Kissoon who represented Ali plead his case to Special Organized Crime Unit, the Director of Public Prosecutions stated that it would be against the prosecutor’s code of conduct to prosecute a sitting president. SOCU Prosecutor Patrice Henry however informed the court that based on article 182, the unit has decided to not proceed with the matter against Ali, stating that it would be in contravention of the law.





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