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Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan says he has granted e-mail
service provider, Google, permis-
sion to search his e-mail account
for a second time to make it easier
for the Integrity Commission to
obtain his records.
That permission was formally
granted on August 25, and with that
in hand, Google has now requested
an additional month to comply with
the commission s subpoena which
was obtained from a federal court
judge in California on August 14.
The new deadline date for Google
to comply is set for the last week
The T&T Guardian has also
learned that the parallel police inves-
tigation was also continuing even
though Ramlogan provided the
results of Google s search of his
account for the month of September
"There is nothing we have seen
to suggest that the investigation
should not continue," an investigator
close to the case said yesterday.
Deputy chairman at the Integrity
Commission Justice Sebastian Ven-
tour, who is heading up this inves-
tigation, yesterday confirmed that
Google requested and received the
extension to comply with the court
In a brief telephone interview yes-
terday, Ventour confirmed that its
own investigation was continuing
despite recent disclosures by Ram-
"Google has requested an exten-
sion and the Integrity Commission
has acquiesced to that," he said.
Ventour said the commission s
investigation was proceeding.
"I don t see why it should stop
our investigation. We have a man-
date to investigate matters and that
is what we are doing. The Integrity
Commission s investigation will con-
tinue," Ventour said.
Ventour confirmed that the com-
mission received the findings from
Ramlogan s lawyers and while he
has read it, it did not impact the
commission s mandate.
"I don t see why it should influ-
ence our investigation...do you?"
Ventour refused to answer any
questions pertaining to the scope
of the commission s investigation.
On Sunday, Ramlogan revealed
that Google had verified that the e-
mails disclosed by Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley, alleging a criminal
conspiracy, were fake and claimed
that Google had effectively cleared
both him and the Prime Minister of
any involvement in the E-mailgate
Rowley claimed the documents
revealed a criminal conspiracy to
harm a journalist, spy on the Direc-
tor of Public Prosecutions, and get
him out of office, in the aftermath
of the Section 34 proclamation,
which many felt was passed to
favour two government financiers
charged with a series of fraud
The commission s investigation
centres around the e-mail address
"firstname.lastname@example.org" despite the fact
that it does not appear on the doc-
uments read out by Rowley as part
of his motion of no confidence
against the Prime Minister last May.
That alleged e-mail thread contained
correspondence from the e-mail
address "email@example.com" as
opposed to "firstname.lastname@example.org."
When asked if it was under the
commission s remit to speculate that
the "email@example.com" was a typo
or copying error, Ventour said he
has no comment to make on that.
"There is a line I would not want
to cross," Ventour said.
In a telephone interview yesterday,
Ramlogan said both he and his
lawyers were being "kept in the
"I instructed my lawyers to advise
Google that we have no objection
to any form of search of the account
so that the application filed by the
Integrity Commission can be prop-
erly dealt with," he said.
Ramlogan said he welcomed the
search as he knew it will result in
his continued vindication in this
"We have absolutely nothing to
hide and nothing to fear," he said.
Police probe presses ahead
Google gets more time
to respond to IC court order
The emergency response system for suspected
Ebola virus cases was activated yesterday after doc-
tors at St Clair Medical Hospital alerted the Ministry
of Health that a foreign worker, who exhibited flu-
like symptoms, had entered the country after spend-
ing time in an African state just over one month
A statement from the Ministry of Health said yes-
Ebola scare at St Clair Medical
terday there were "no confirmed, suspected or poten-
tial cases of the Ebola virus in T&T."
The 28-year-old US citizen arrived in T&T on
August 20, after spending two weeks in Louisiana,
USA---prior to which he spent one week in Nigeria.
Ebola cases have since been confirmed in Liberia,
Sierra Leone, Guinea and the Democratic Republic
The man was said to be exhibiting flu-like symp-
toms upon his arrival, but was not quarantined.
Concerns were raised yesterday after the man went
to a private medical centre. The patient was diagnosed
with viral symptoms of fever, body pains and weak-
ness, the ministry statement said.
"The patient is doing very well at present. Tests
have been conducted and results are pending. The
patient is being treated in an isolation room and all
infection precaution and control measures are being
followed," according to the ministry.
"There is no need to panic as there are no Ebola
cases in T&T," National Security Minister Gary Griffith
This assurance was echoed by several officials of
the Ministry of Health, who revealed that emergency
mechanisms including the isolation and treatment
of the offshore worker had taken effect.
Griffith said the authorities were alerted by doctors
at St Clair, as they investigated the man s travel his-
"We have since ruled out Ebola but we are waiting
on the results of tests to see what it is."
A senior health official explained that although
the foreigner entered the country with flu-like symp-
toms, the man s medical condition had steadily
improved, which prompted them to rule out Ebola.
He said if the man was indeed suffering from
Ebola, his medical condition would have deteriorated
but this had not happened.
Integrity Commission deputy
chairman Justice Sebastian Ventour Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
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