FORMER minister of public administration Marlene McDonald has been given $2 million bail in absentia.
She was at the St Clair Medical Centre when her matter was called before Chief Magistrate Maria Busby Earle-Caddle in the Port-of-Spain Magistrate’s Court.
McDonald’s attorney Pamela Elder made the application on behalf of her client who was slapped with seven charges including misbehaviour in public office, conspiracy to defraud the Government and money laundering.
She was in police custody since Thursday and had to be taken to hospital just before she was to make her first appearance on Monday in court. She complained of feeling unwell.
Also being granted bail were McDonald’s co-accused:
- Edgar Zephrine on 28 charges and placed $1 million bail
- Michael Carew, McDonald’s common law husband, on eight charges and placed on $500,000 bail
- Victor McEachrane on five charges and placed on $400,000 bail
- Wayne Anthony on one charge and placed on $100,000 bail.
The matter was adjourned to September 9.