– gets US$100,000 bail
Khamraj Lall, the Guyanese pilot who was nabbed having smuggled US$620,000, into the United States
Territory of Puerto Rico, has filed through his Attorney, Rafael Lang, a motion seeking to restrict access by the public to several documents to be used in his court matter.
Lall was indicted last month for bulk cash smuggling into or out of the United States and reports on export and import of monetary instruments.
In his petition filed yesterday in the Puerto Rico, US District Court, Lall claimed that he “is filing the motion with the requested level of restriction because it is necessary to protect the confidentiality of the information detailed in the document and exhibits.”
In the court document seen by this publication, he requested certain documents be accepted by the Court for filing with the level of restriction of “Selected Parties.”
He wants the restricted parties limited to the Attorney filing the document, the United States, Probation Office and the Court.
In seeking to enforce his position that the documents not be made accessible to the public, Lall through his attorney says, “The protection of the information in the motion outweighs the presumption of public access.”
Reports by the Associated Press yesterday said that Lall was being released on bond.
His attorney, Rafael Castro Lang, said that a judge in Puerto Rico agreed to release Lall on US$100,000 in bond while a grand jury decides whether to indict him. Castro says terms of the bond allow Lall to return home to New Jersey.
The bust was made when Lall’s private luxury aircraft stopped on the Spanish-speaking Island to refuel.
The stashed cash was unearthed when agents of the United States Customs and Border Protection carried out a routine search of the aircraft. Lall and his father declared US$5000, while the pilot declared US$60.
Employing the use of a sniffer dog, the US agents were alerted to the stashed currency wrapped in plastic bags and a blanket under the exit row seat.
The matter sparked a heated debate, recently, when it was discovered that the Guyanese pilot had flown Head of State, Donald Ramotar, on more than one occasion using the very aircraft.
The administration defended the President saying that there was nothing untoward about using the aircraft.
The government, through its information agency, had sent out a public missive to the effect that all uses of the jet service were for official purposes and were paid for.
Government indicated, too, that the company’s services were procured on three occasions by the State for transporting delegations led by President Donald Ramotar himself on official State business overseas.
In was noted that on all such occasions, payments were rendered for the charter of an aircraft operated by the Exec Jet Club, Guyana.
Initial reports were that Ramotar travelled on official state trips to Brazil and Puerto Rico. He also used the jet to travel to Suriname.
Lall, a Guyanese businessman and aircraft pilot migrated to the United States of America 30 years ago. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Technology and Engineering and later obtained his pilot’s licence.
In 1992, Lall started his own business “K.L.X Logistics Inc” located at 13 Edward Hart Drive, Jersey City, offering trucking and warehouse services. It was operational from 1995 to 2010.
In 2007, he purchased a gas station now known as the Kaylee’s Service Station located at Coverden, East Bank Demerara, as part of his investment plans in Guyana. He later expanded his venture when he introduced Quin’s Special Events & Services comprising two limousines.
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