CaribWorldNews, PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Weds. May 6, 2009: Defense dpositions in the case of Trinidad-born, U.S. Army veteran, Balram Maharaj`s murder trial began yesterday in Trinidad.
Videotaped depositions of at least two defense witnesses in the trial were reportedly admitted into evidence and at least ten other witnesses are expected to give evidence, according to C news reports.
Portions of the deposition are set to be admitted at the trial in Washington, D.C. on May 26.
Maharaj, a Trinidadian, was kidnapped outside the Samaan tree bar in Aranguez on April 5, 2005.
A ransom of $3 million was demanded. His body parts were found on January 8, 2006 in two containers in the Santa Cruz forest.
Trinidad Army corporal Ricardo de Four along with civilians Zion Clarke, Kevon Demerieux, Anthony Straker, Wayne Pierre, Christopher Sealey, and Kevin Nixon are facing charges in a U.S. Court of conspiracy to commit hostage taking resulting in the death of Maharaj.
Four other Trinidadians pleaded guilty to the charges, among them army Sgt. Leon Nurse.