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CoP still silent on E-mailgate probe
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams is remaining silent on ongoing police investigations into the E-mailgate scandal involving top Government officials, including Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar. When asked yesterday to give an update on the investigation Williams declined, saying he was not doing any interviews. He was among top police officers attending the official opening of the Police/Scouts/Lions headquarters, Couva, yesterday.
While delivering greetings, he called on corporate T&T to work with the police to solve crime. He lauded the National Gas Company for partnering with communities, saying such initiatives are a deterrent to crime. Over the weekend, Ramlogan produced a sworn declaration from Google Inc’s custodian of records, Chi Nguyen, which he claimed cleared himself, Persad-Bissessar and several Cabinet colleagues of a “diabolical evil plot.”
Ramlogan presented a certified affidavit, signed by Nguyen, which stated “a diligent search and reasonable inquiry of Google’s records produced no information regarding the e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.” Nguyen’s affidavit added that “email@example.com” and “firstname.lastname@example.org” were both active accounts owned by Ramlogan and Persad-Bissessar respectively.
Ramlogan said the latest statement proved Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley had maliciously put information in the public domain aimed at destroying the People’s Partnership Government.
Interference from AG
In May 2013, Rowley revealed to Parliament 31 e-mails purporting to show correspondence between Persad Bissessar, Ramlogan, Local Government and Works Minister Suruj Rambachan and then security adviser Gary Griffith’s involvement in a sinister move to undermine the Judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and to interfere with the media.
Rowley said the e-mails, dating back to September 2012, were from people concerned with the Government’s defence of the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act. That bill, he said, effectively had the potential to allow PP financiers allegedly involved in the Piarco Development Project scandal to walk free.
Since Ramlogan produced the sworn Google affidavit, Independent Liberal Party (ILP) chairman Jack Warner and former Attorney General Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj have said they were not happy the AG had investigated himself and was attempting to interfere in independent probes by the Integrity Commission and police. However, Ramlogan said he welcomed any other investigation that would clear their names but he intended to pursue legal action against Rowley.