GERALD Ramdeen has resigned as a UNC senator.
The announcement was made by Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar during the tea break during sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday.
"He offered his resignation. I think he did the right thing in that I did not have to request it. He sent it and I received it sometime today before I came here," she told reporters. Persad-Bissessar said she will share the name of Ramdeen's replacement with the public in due course.
She said that the decision was in keeping with the UNC's standard. "I have always taken a particular kind of approach. This is not unusual. I trust that the PNM senator who has been found guilty of an offence will follow suit in that regard and do the proper thing," she said. The PNM senator in questions remains active in Parliament months after his conviction.
Ramdeen and former attorney general Anand Ramlogan appeared in court on Monday to answer three charges of conspiracy to engage in money-laundering, corruption and misbehaviour in public office. Persad-Bissessar reiterated that the two men are good lawyers.
Persad-Bissessar said when she was speaking during a previous interview about Jesus Christ and His disciples, she was alluding to the betrayal of the disciples.
"It is just that you do not know human nature at the end of the day. I trust that justice will take its course. They have denied the allegations made against them and we will see what transpires. Attempts to contact Ramdeen were unsuccessful.