DANA'S ASSETS WORTH MILLIONS
By Nalinee Seelal Friday, August 15 2014
Assets reportedly worth millions held by murdered State prosecutor, Dana Seetahal, 58, are being readied for distribution to the beneficiaries of her will 104 days after her death.
Her very close friend, attorney and former government minister, Christine Sahadeo, has been named executor and she has made applications to the Registrar of the Supreme Court for the grant of probate of the will. The formal notice to that effect appeared in yesterday’s newspapers.
The application for the grant of probate, or letters of administration in the case of someone who dies without making a will, is usually made public to facilitate any challenges to the process. Any queries over the will must be done within 21 days of the public notice.
Newsday understands that among the assets Seetahal left behind are two agricultural estates in Mayaro and Tamana, a luxurious apartment at One Woodbrook Place, her El Dorado Law Chambers at St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain, a Volkswagen vehicle as well as cash in the bank along with other investments.
The public notice placed in Newsday yesterday by the Acting Registrar of the Supreme Court of Judicature, Jade Roriguez, under the listing of several applications for grants of probate or letters of administration stated, “Probate of the will dated August 24, 2010 of Dana Saroop Seetahal, otherwise Dana Seetahal, otherwise D S Seetahal of Apartment 9D Tower 3 One Woodbrook Place, 189 Tragarete Road, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad who died on May 4, 2014 by Christine Sahadeo of 7 Gaston Street, Chaguanas, Trinidad the sole executrix named in the will.”
Newsday understands in 2010 Seetahal asked Sahadeo to be the executor of her will, and documents were drawn up with an inventory of all the assets owned by Seetahal.
Contacted yesterday on being named as “sole executrix” of Seetahal’s will, Sahadeo told Newsday she knew the State prosecutor and senior counsel for more than ten years and they became very close. She said Seetahal was the one who encouraged her to do law and it was a decision she never regretted.
Sahadeo said she could not reveal the contents of the application but said she was aware that at some time the document will become public information.
Sources revealed yesterday that the apartment owned by Seetahal at One Woodbrook Place is valued at more than one million dollars with millions more accruing from the two agricultural estates in addition to cash in the bank and earnings from other investments.
Relatives of Seetahal are expected to be beneficiaries of the assets.
One source told Newsday Seetahal, born on July 8, 1955, had her will drawn up in 2010 after she confided in a close friend that she was nearing 60 and did not know what the future held for her. She said then she wanted to make sure that if anything happened to her including sudden death or major illness, she would have had her affairs in order so that her loved ones could benefit from the fruits of her success.
Seetahal was shot dead on May 4, while driving her Volkswagen vehicle along Hamilton Holder Street, Woodbrook. She was shot five times about the body and police believe there were at least two shooters involved. Police probing the murder have been working closely with officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to bring closure to this investigation.
Newsday understands officers are close to a major breakthrough in this probe and have been working towards preparing their evidence to make it ready for presentation to the court when persons are arrested for the offence.
Sources also revealed Director of Public Prosecutions Roger Gaspard has been working closely with investigators to bring closure to the probe.