Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley wants the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Integrity Commission to probe e-mails purportedly bearing the names of frontline government officials who allegedly wanted to tap the DPP's phone after the Section 34 furore.Rowley also claimed the e-mails revealed moves to shift the DPP to the judiciary and further discussed intended intimidation of a T&T Guardian reporter who broke the Section 34 story last September.
The PNM leader alleged the contents of the e-mails were all part of a conspiracy which was afoot among Government's frontline members last September to deal with the heated situation the administration had to face when the Section 34 issue broke.Rowley dropped the bombshells when he launched yesterday's Parliament debate on his motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Government.In an immediate response, Persad-Bissessar announced that she had written acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, to start a probe into the claims.
Rowley said he had received the package of 31 e-mails on the Section 34 issue from a whistleblower six months ago and had sent it to the President.He gave the e-mail addresses as "kam[email protected]", "[email protected]", "captaingarygrif[email protected]mail" and "surujram[email protected]mail".Rowley said the body of e-mails covered 17 days in September 2012 when Government was called upon to answer on the Section 34 issue.He said the unnamed whistleblower was a source who wanted the public to know about the situation and the information in the e-mails "points to grievous wrongdoing on the part of officials who had failed to answer questions on the issue."
He cited the exchange of e-mails in that regard, particularly between the "kamlapb1" address and the "anan" address. He also noted that a particular target of the e-mail discussion was the DPP.Rowley noted one September 10 e-mail at the height of the Section 34 furore, in which "taps" were being sought for the DPP's phones and a September 11 e-mail which alluded to offering the DPP a post in the judiciary and finding a replacement for him.He said: "They had problems with the DPP and it could only be solved by him being removed and bringing in a replacement."
Rowley also cited how the owners of the e-mail addresses spoke about T&T Guardian reporter Denyse Renne, who had written the September 9, 2012, story which broke the Section 34 fiasco, how upset they were about that and what they wanted to do as a result.After those particular e-mails a vicious slanderous attack was launched against Renne on the Internet."I leave you to come to the conclusions where there was any connection between the intent and the instructions in those e-mails," he said.Rowley added: "This package of e-mails points to high crimes in the office of T&T. This matter, because of the nature of it, requires the urgent attention on the part of T&T because the one thing we cannot do is take the Government's word."
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He said it may be that the proper examination of the e-mails would show that the mandate the Government received in May 2010 was sold for financial gains and the Government "was in the employ of people who used the Government's mandate to protect themselves from courts locally and abroad."Rowley also called on the DPP to examine what was said in Parliament yesterday and called on the Integrity Commission to discharge its responsibility to oversee the conduct of public officers.In the absence of an Integrity Commission, Rowley called on the President to ensure that body was appointed swiftly.Noting the comments made in the e-mails about Renne, for instance, Rowley said that was a harbinger of "terrible things " and was how the mafiosi spoke when they met to discuss "people who were in their way."
Noting one September 8 e-mail which spoke of calling a meeting, Rowley said the Prime Minister did indeed hold a special Cabinet meeting on September 10 on Section 34."That September 8 e-mail seems to have been a harbinger of things to come. I leave you to draw your own conclusions," he added.He also noted a September 19 e-mail on advice to fire former justice minister Herbert Volney, who was fired in connection with Section 34 on September 21.Rowley several times referred to former US president Richard Nixon and the Watergate issue, saying the same thing had happened there. There was largely dead silence on the PP side as Rowley spoke. AG Ramlogan took notes as the PNM leader talked.Before Rowley concluded, House Leader Roodal Moonilal asked to see copies of the e-mails. Moonilal later went over to the AG's desk to confer with him.When Ramlogan was replying, PP backbencher Herbert Volney got up and left.Moonilal yesterday said debate would last four days, possibly ending Thursday.