Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 25th 2014 Contents RENUKA SINGH
The e-mails that triggered the 15 month
long emailgate fiasco are fake.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan yes-
terday produced confirmation from search
engine Google Inc invalidating the e-mails
read out in Parliament by Opposition leader
Dr Keith Rowley in May last year.
Ramlogan was accompanied by his lawyer,
Senior Counsel Pamela Elder and his US-
based counsel, partner at Computerlaw Group
LLP Chris Sargent on Skype who explained
the legal procedure that led to that deter-
Sargent also said that a "notice of pendency
of other action or proceeding" was filed in
the same California-based courts yesterday
to block the current Integrity Commission s
legal action against Google as it would be a
duplication of the efforts and would provide
the same information that is already in hand.
The three spoke with the media at the
AG s office on St Vincent Street, Port of
Sargent said the notice was electronically
filed yesterday and informs the court that
the information being sought by the Com-
mission from Google has already been pro-
Ramlogan said this was just one of the
many fouled Rowley-driven conspiracies
"It is my intention to sue Dr Rowley for
malicious defamation of character," Ramlogan
said, adding that he would also advise Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the
other ministers mentioned in the fake emails
to do the same.
He said though Rowley first mentioned
the matter in Parliament, where he is pro-
tected by Parliamentary Privilege, he repeated
the e-mails on platforms in the public
"I do not buy for one moment that he got
them in his letter box," Ramlogan said.
"It has been a long journey with a cloud
of suspicion unnecessarily lurking and hang-
ing over my head. But I am very happy that
this revelation and vindication has come,"
Ramlogan described the past 15 months
as a "trying time", saying it was the first time
he was ever accused of any criminal wrong
Elder described the e-mails as "forged"
"The essence of those documents, the
meat of it is that those documents which
were passed off, which were laid in the House
by the Honorable leader of the Opposition,
they are not authentic," she said.
"Not only are they not authentic, they did
not emanate from the e-mail account of the
Honorable Prime Minister of Trinidad and
Tobago and the Honorable Attorney General,"
She said they have been saying from incep-
tion, that the first course of action should
be to access the servers and not the private
computers of the Prime Minister, the Attorney
General or the other ministers.
"I would be immediately writing to the
Acting Commissioner of Police, the Integrity
Commission and the Director of Public Pros-
ecution to all that is necessary to unearth
the co-conspirators to this evil plot," she
Elder said she would send a copy of the
Google documents to Rowley.
"That is the proper thing to do, let him
read for himself and we await his response,"
Sargent said the notice to block the Integrity
Commission was sent to its US-based lawyers
and the judge responsible for the case.
That notice to the California-based court,
which Ramlogan provided, states that Ram-
logan s query to Google was more detailed
and requested more information on the emails
than that of the Integrity Commission.
"The Integrity Commission, which seeks
similar discovery related to its investigation
of Mr Ramlogan and Mrs Persad-Bissessar,
has only now embarked upon this process,"
that document states. See Page A5
Minimum wage still to be reviewed --- McLeod News --- Page A6
POST YOUR VIEWS ON ANY OF TODAY'S STORIES @ WWW.GUARDIAN.CO.TT
Google s response, signed by its Custodian of
Records, Chi Nguyen, stated that the email address
email@example.com was an active account but that
Google was "unable to locate records showing
emails received from or sent to the accounts".
"Google certifies that it has located no emails
sent to or from the Google apps account
firstname.lastname@example.org to or from the gmail account
email@example.com on September 2012," the doc-
That document also shows that Ramlogan lever-
aged on Google on August 26, 2013 "seeking infor-
mation related to a series of alleged email accounts
and emails allegedly sent from and to those
When Ramlogan was asked why he chose not to
divulge that information then, Elder said it was she
who instructed him to remain quiet on the issue
up until now.
Google, according to the document, searched all
the emails relating to the Prime Minister and Ram-
logan mentioned that Rowley back read out in May
2013 as part of his motion of no confidence against
the Prime Minister. The search included
In a text exchange with the Trinidad Guardian
yesterday, Dr Keith Rowley said he has "no interest
in the private affairs of Mr Ramlogan".
"To the best of my knowledge when the infor-
mation was introduced in the Parliament there was
a request for an investigation. It has since been
revealed that there was a police investigation for
over a year and more recently an investigation by
the Integrity Commission. These are the State s
efforts. I will be guided by that," Rowley said.
Monday, August 25, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
As California court blocks IC action against Google...
In a brief interview with the Trinidad
Guardian yesterday, Integrity Commission
chairman Ken Gordon said that he will not
be able to comment until he sees the
"This is the first I am hearing of it. I have
to see the documents before I make a
comment," Gordon said.
When asked whether the T&T Guardian
could have them delivered to him, he
"I am sorry, I am unavailable today," he
E-mails not located
to evil plot
for 22ND AUGUST, 2014
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan hugs his attorney Pamela Elder SC following a press
conference where he sought to clear his name in the emailgate fiasco yesterday. PHOTO:
On May 19, 2013 Dr Rowley filed a motion of no
confidence against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissesser, reading a series of damning emails that
he claimed was dropped in his mailbox. The emails
implicated the Prime Minister, the Attorney General
and Local Government Minister in several
conspiracies and cover-ups against the DPP, a plot
to harm a journalist and payments to an unnamed
person. The alleged email thread included the Prime
Minister, the Attorney General, Minister of National
Security Gary Griffith, Local Government Minister
Dr Surujrattan Rambachan and Housing Minister Dr
Persad-Bissessar and Ramlogan admitted to
owning each of the email addresses but denied ever
being involved in any conspiracy. They also denied
any knowledge of the emails. Persad-Bissessar
referred the matter immediately to the acting
Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams who then
assigned deputy commissioner of police Mervyn
Richardson to the case.
In the months that followed the case dominated
the media, eventually fading until the Integrity
Commission by-passed the local Central Authority
and secured a US-based attorney to sue Google for
the information earlier this month.
Links Archive August 24th 2014 August 26th 2014 Navigation Previous Page Next Page