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Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley is moving to strike out a
legal victory being claimed by
Attorney General Anand Ramlo-
gan in the emailgate scandal.
This was announced by his
attorney, People s National Move-
ment (PNM) Senator Faris Al-
Rawi, in a hastily-called press con-
ference at the Office of the
Opposition Leader, Charles Street,
Port-of-Spain, yesterday evening.
It was in response to statements
by Ramlogan at yesterday s post-
Cabinet press conference, St Clair.
Ramlogan told the media Row-
ley s legal team had failed to file
a defence in a defamation lawsuit
against him over statements made
on the emailgate issue.
He filed the suit in the High
Court last September 11.
Following this, Rowley s lawyers
filed an application on October 31
for an extension of time to file a
Yesterday, Al-Rawi said the
application for an extension was
made because Rowley s legal team
had requested copies of CDs fea-
turing the audio recording of
alleged statements made by Rowley
but had received blank CDs and
because the transcripts required
had not been produced.
"We have to check the record-
ings and whether they were doc-
tored or not.
"We have to check to make sure
that what is said was in fact what
was said, let alone whether it was
defamatory or not and whether
there are defences for that defama-
tion or not," Al-Rawi said yester-
Following the application for
extension to file a defence, Justice
Vashiest Kokoram recused himself
from the matter.
While both Ramlogan and Al-
Rawi agreed on those first chain
of events, Al-Rawi said his legal
team was unaware of any further
court proceedings and said as far
as he was aware the extension
application was still pending.
Ramlogan, however, supplied
the media with a copy of an e-
mail to his attorney Richard Jagai
which stated that the matter of
the extension had been determined
without a hearing and an extension
was given until January 7, 2015.
Al-Rawi said his team did not
receive any such correspondence.
He said the only response he
received on the matter since Koko-
ram recused himself was yesterday
when he received a notice for
assessment of damages based on
the judgment in default of defence.
Al-Rawi said he immediately
contacted Jagai to answer on the
Further checks revealed that the
application for default judgment
was filed by Ramlogan on Wednes-
"It is something of concern,
however, that an application of
default judgment could be filed
yesterday and Mr Ramlogan made
an announcement today," Al-Rawi
Al-Rawi also said court records
had not listed the matter
He added: "Dr Rowley s position
is that this is being dealt with in
a very serious manner.
"We take the emailgate situation
very seriously in the Opposition.
"We do not share the Attorney
General s view that this is a land-
mark occasion of justice.
"We certainly don t share his
view that this is a matter that is
not being treated with any seri-
ousness. We are prosecuting Dr
Rowley s defence with all of the
litigation brought against him with
A 23-year-old student of the Uni-
versity of the West Indies (UWI) is
being sought by police following a
raid yesterday on a sophisticated
indoor marijuana growing operation
metres away from the university s St
Augustine Campus yesterday.
St Joseph Police made the discovery
around 7 am when they searched an
apartment building at Bedessie Street,
St Augustine, after receiving reports
from neighbours of suspicious activ-
The find left many police officers
involved in the raid in shock as they
initially thought they were raiding a
low level drug dealer but instead found
an indoor greenhouse with over 100
high-grade marijuana trees.
When they entered they found all
the furniture had been removed and
replaced with LED lamps, plant pots
and the walls papered with reflective
Police also found an industrial air
purification unit, specialised fertiliser
and packs of marijuana seeds from the
United States, which were still wrapped
in a shipping box from a popular inter-
national courier service. Police said
the plants and the equipment was val-
ued at over $500,000.
The chemistry student from central
Trinidad, who has been renting the
apartment since September last year,
was not at home at the time. A warrant
has been issued for his arrest.
Police sources belive the suspect is
an experienced cultivator because of
the quantity of the marijuana found
and the extensive operation.
"He is a real chemist. We have never
seen such a professional operation here.
It was like something out of that show
Breaking Bad (a US television show
about a chemistry teacher manufac-
turing crystal meth)," the source said.
Investigators said after the raid they
received information about the sus-
pect s involvement in three similar
operations in east Trinidad.
They were expected to raid these
properties between yesterday evening
and this morning.
Emailgate defamation law suit...
Rowley moves to
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
yesterday called on Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley to make apologies
to him and Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar after Ramlogan claimed
victory on a defamation lawsuit.
He made the call at yesterday s post-
Cabinet media conference.
The AG said the trial for the assess-
ment of damages to determine the
amount of money to be paid to him
by Rowley had been set for March 10
"With this important and significant
legal victory, I am certain that the pop-
ulation will have no doubts that the
emailgate fiasco is one which had no
basis in fact whatsoever but was a polit-
ical concoction by someone with a very
overactive and creative imagination,"
Ramlogan gave an open message to
Dr Rowley on his own behalf and on
behalf of Persad-Bissessar.
He said: "We are willing to entertain
an apology at this stage in the game
and I therefore call upon Dr Rowley to
do the manly and honourable and
decent thing to apologise to the Prime
Minister and myself for making these
scandalous allegations, knowing full
well, because of the manner he claimed
to have received it, because of the errors
in the document and the clear evidence
to the contrary that really these utter-
ances should never have emanated from
someone who holds senior and high
Ramlogan said the next step was to
consider whether Rowley be reported
to the Integrity Commission for inves-
Ramlogan wants apologies
Cops seek UWI student for
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