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ROGET AND 'KAMLA'
OWTU president general Ancel Roget plays with a toy helicopter next to a mannequin representing
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar during the union's exhibition on the Brian Lara Promenade,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday as part of its anti-corruption campaign against the government.
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
US-based e-mail service provider
Google Inc s has been granted yet more
time to provide information relating
to the E-mailgate investigation.
The Integrity Commission yesterday
confirmed the California-based com-
pany had been granted a fourth exten-
sion and had given Google up until Feb-
ruary 20, 2015 to comply with an August
14 subpoena, compelling it to provide
e-mail records of Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan for September 2012.
In its response to questions, the com-
mission said after getting legal advice
on the matter it had decided to grant
the extension request.
The letter is vague and does not state
when this request was made or grant-
ed.This fourth extension comes even
after deputy chairman at the commis-
sion, Justice Sebastain Ventour, had said
previously he would not let the matter
drag on if he believed Google was delib-
erately prolonging the process.
This is the first major statement to
come from the commission since new
chairman, Zainool Hosein, was installed
Ramlogan in a text exchange yesterday
confirmed he was aware of the new
He said: "You may recall that I had
predicted this when I said my battle
with Google lasted a year-and-a-half
because of the particular legal proce-
dures and system in the state of Cal-
"Google will have to jump through
the same data protection and privacy
laws all over again."
He said he and the PM have given
consent "in writing to Google and the
Integrity Commission s lawyers for the
"release of the requested information
from our e-mail accounts.
"It s a waiting game but good things
come to those who wait," he said.
Another hitch in E-mailgate probe...
With police solving just 15 per cent of murders
this year, Government will seek help from law
enforcement agencies in the United States and the
United Kingdom to increase the homicide detection
Statistics, shown by acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams on Monday, revealed that
out of 399 murders for the year, in only 63 have
there been arrests and charges.
In an interview yesterday, National Security Min-
ister Gary Griffith said 400 murders were not
acceptable and his thrust for next year would be
to cut the rate by half.
He said that would be done by disbanding criminal
gangs, reducing the importation of illegal guns and
increasing the detection rate.
With just days left in the year, he said the murder
toll could resemble last year s tally of 407.
He added: "My plan is for us to get something
that is achievable and attainable and it is unfortunate
to use the word acceptable.
"The fact is that 400 is definitely not acceptable
for a country of this size. That should be cut by
He said most of this year s murder victims were
not law-abiding citizens and had been killed in
gang violence. Nonetheless, he added, they were
He added: "We need to find mechanisms to
improve the detection rate.
"This is why we are looking to get the guidance
from people who can assist us from different agencies
in the United Kingdom and the United States, in
areas of crime scene investigation, forensic testing
and other aspects that have proven to be very instru-
mental in increasing their detection rate."
He said people must face the reality that there
could never be zero murders, as law enforcement
agencies could not prevent those that occurred
through domestic violence.
He added the year would be recorded as having
the lowest amount of serious crimes and the highest
haul of illegal weapons and ammunition in 31 years.
Two days after Bernadette Blackie
and her three daughters were injured
in a cutlass attack at their
Williamsville home, their attacker, a
65-year-old male relative, was found
hiding near the Guaracara River.
A team of police and residents
scoured the bushes between Riverdale
and Piparo yesterday and found the
suspected cocaine-addict behind a
friend s home near an old WASA
Blackie s brother, Simion Outram,
said three Gasparillo police officers and
two other residents were searching for
the man since Monday.
He said they men split up and
checked houses at lower Piparo where
the suspect would get cocaine and at
another house in Riverdale.
He said it appeared the man ran out
of a house at Riverdale yesterday and
tried to hide in the bushes where they
Even as the men approached him,
he was making threats, Outram said.
He said the man even threatened the
owner of the house, saying if he talked
he would be killed.
A bit emotional yesterday, Outram
said: "I want to let my sister and my
nieces know that I still care for them
and I love them very much."
Around 9 pm Sunday, the family
were at home with the man when they
got into an argument over his cocaine
Saying he was fed up, he took a cut-
lass and chopped Blackie, 60, and her
daughters---Nadine, 29, Natalie, 28 and
Naisha, 26. He then doused the house
and kerosene and set it ablaze before
running into some bushes.
Outram said Naisha was released
from hospital yesterday but Natalie and
Nadine remained warded.
Blackie was able to visit the wards
yesterday where her daughter was,
another relative said.
Govt will seek 'outside'
help to solve murders
UK and US agencies to be called in
With the high murder toll, secretary of the
Police Social Welfare Association Insp Michael
Seales said it was a psychological blow to the
T&T Police Service.
Although its thrust for 2014 was to increase
the murder detection rate to 25 per cent, he
said the service was happy with the reduction
in serious crimes
He said the murder toll remained high as
there were abnormal increases in two police
divisions this year.
He said the encouragement officers got from
recent promotions would result in better
performances next year.
According to statistics, murders in T&T hit
an all-time high in 2008 with a figure of 550.
From 2009 there was a decrease, with 2011
recording 354, the lowest in an 11-year period.
However, from 2011 the murder rate has
been increasing with the 2014 figure standing
at 399 as at yesterday
Suspect held in cutlass attack
In May 2013, Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley, referred to a thread of
e-mail correspondence purported to
be a conversation between the
Prime Minister, the Attorney
General, the Minister of National
Security and the Works and
Infrastructure Minister plotting a
criminal conspiracy to harm a
journalist, spy on the Director 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 offences.
In August, Ramlogan claimed
Google had verified the e-mails
were fake and the documents he
received from Google had
effectively cleared both him and the
Prime Minister of any involvement
in the E-mailgate fiasco.
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