Haniff Nazim Baksh, a close friend of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, appeared in the Siparia Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with assaulting Guardian photographer Kristian De Silva and also with damaging his glasses.
His son-in-law, Corporal Billy Ramsundar, also appeared in the court separately charged with assaulting De Silva and with damaging a US$1,600 camera.
Baksh is the owner of A&V Oil and Gas Company, and the father of Government Senator Allyson Baksh.
Billy Ramsundar is the husband of Senator Allyson Baksh.
Baksh was not called upon to enter a plea to the indictable charges that on September 15 at Nazim Avenue, San Francique, he assaulted De Silva occasioning actual bodily harm and unlawfully and maliciously damaged his glasses.
His attorney Michael Rooplal, told the court that Baksh was granted bail of $80,000 by a justice of the peace on Thursday at the Besson Street Police Station.
The lawyer asked that the bail continue.
Police prosecutor Sgt Starr Jacob did not object.
Magistrate Ava Vandenburg-Bailey adjourned the matter to December 11.