I was innocently used and abused in Badul scam, says key witness

2012-09-12 00:00

POLICEMAN Stanley Naidoo disputed in the high court yesterday that he was in fact the “mastermind” behind offences that had led to racketeering and related charges against former Mountain Rise station commissioner Hariram Badul and four others.

Badul, Captain Suresh Naraindath, Lieutenant-Colonel Yunus Khan, Constable Patrick Nkabini and businessman Sigamoney Pillay have pleaded not guilty to 98 charges of racketeering, fraud, corruption, theft and money laundering.

Naidoo declared in answer to questions by Judge Rashid Vahed and assessors on completion of his testimony yesterday: “I wish to state that I am not the mastermind in this case.

“I was innocently used and abused by the director [Badul] and Naraindath. I want to inform the court that I am speaking the truth.”

He was responding to an invitation by the judge to comment on the suggestions by defence advocates during cross- examination that he was the person who had benefited most from the various alleged scams operating at the police station, and that he had falsely implicated the five accused.

The judge said it appeared from the cross-examination that it was being suggested that there was no one else who corroborated Naidoo’s allegations “100 percent”, but that the court had formed no view on the matter at this stage.

He said the court simply wanted to give him the opportunity to respond to the defence suggestions.

Naidoo replied that he lived a “basic “ rather than “exclusive” life.

“I want to say that I am not capable of planning such a big scheme as this … I was used innocently. I complied with whatever instructions I received from the director [Badul] and Naraindath.”

Naidoo admitted to regularly forging Naraindath’s and Badul’s signatures on hundreds of documents, but said he had acted on instructions.

As a member of the supply chain management office at Mountain Rise for more than ten years, Naidoo was viewed as a key state witness.

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