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Trinidadian who faked his own kidnapping granted $1M bail

Sawak Maraj, the 33-year-old Trinidad National who allegedly faked his own kidnapping on October 27, 2017, was on Tuesday granted $1M bail when he appeared before Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.
He was also required to lodge his passport with police.

The court heard that on the day in question, Maraj arrived in Guyana and was scheduled to check into the Ramada Hotel in Providence, East Bank Demerara. However, he never did.

Shortly after, the 33-year-old man’s parents were contacted in Trindad by an unknown individual who told them that Maraj had been kidnapped. The man then demanded US$700,000 for his release.

Further, a picture of a shirtless Maraj with someone holding a cutlass to his neck was also sent to the man’s parents.

Contact was made with the Guyana Police regarding the incident and an investigation was launched. It was later discovered that the claims of Maraj being kidnapped were false after the man was found “vacationing” at the Madewini Resort in the company of his alleged accomplices.

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