Following numerous attempts to withdraw his guilty plea on the financial crimes charges in the US, EZjet Boss, Sonny Ramdeo, is now seeking to have the court postpone his fate, so that he can be in a better position to represent himself.
Ramdeo is alleged to have embezzled several million US dollars from a hospital chain he worked at. He is scheduled to be sentenced next week Friday.
Ramdeo, in his latest petition to the Court, has filed a motion seeking to have the court grant a 20-day extension to his sentencing.
According to Ramdeo, he has been representing himself for sometime now, is without the adequate resources to properly file a reply, and further is being held in oppressive incarceration at the Palm County Jail.
He signaled his intention also to file a response to the government but laments that he is still awaiting access to the legal research from his country jail library.
In his motion to extend his sentencing date, Ramdeo laments that the court must recognize that he has very limited resources in his jail cell, “more limited being held in a county jail designed for state inmates and not federal…in addition, the charge is a financial charge and the defendant does not even have access to a calculator.”
Ramdeo contends also that none of the attorneys that had represented him sought any independent discovery nor did they compel the government to provide all materials available and based on recent filings with the court.
According to Ramdeo, he has been incarcerated for over two years and has no access to resources to access information needed to refute the government’s case.
“In fact everyday new information is becoming available to refute the government’s case,” he claims.
This challenge by Ramdeo is the latest in a string of failed challenges to the US court where he is awaiting sentencing on a number of charges including money laundering and embezzling.
Ramdeo has already, over the course of his incarceration, fired a number of defence attorneys as well as changed his plea on a number of occasions.
He has already been found guilty of obstruction of justice when on a previous occasion he attempted to change his plea.
In October last year, Ramdeo pleaded guilty but maintains that prior to this his attorney had never handled a wire fraud case before.
He is adamant too that throughout his relationship with that lawyer, Alan Diamond, there was always friction as it relates to the progress of the case.
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