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National Security Minister
Gary Griffith has been identi-
fied as a critical witness in the
criminal investigation of mis-
behaviour in public office
against Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan, according to
reliable police sources.
The information came as
Assistant Commissioner of
Police in charge of Crime, Harold
Phillip, began his probe into the
latest criminal allegation linked
to the infamous Section 34 fias-
co.Contacted for comment yes-
terday, Griffith would only
repeat: "I have no comment to
make on that matter."
But sources said Griffith
intended to co-operate with
police investigators in the mat-
ter.West yesterday submitted a
detailed signed witness state-
ment to the police in support of
his complaint that the Attorney
General tried to get him to with-
draw a witness statement he
filed in defence of a defamation
lawsuit between Ramlogan and
Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley relating to the Section
34 matter. (See Page A5).
This triggered acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams
to appoint Phillip to assemble a
team to probe the allegation.
West has also been provided
with a security detail.
Sources said investigators will
pore over a chain of events
which will take them to the Hall
of Justice, Port-of-Spain, to
examine court records and
through the telephone records
of West, Ramlogan and Griffith
among other people.
Sources said West last year
had confided to a politician
about attempts being made to
influence him in a court matter.
The attempts were made on the
same day the High Court gave
a decision in the defamation
lawsuit against Rowley, police
Ramlogan, in a detailed press
release on Monday, denied
West s allegations that he
attempted to influence him to
withdraw the witness statement
in exchange for his appointment
as director of the Police Com-
That position, under the Con-
stitution, requires consent from
both the Prime Minister and
Opposition Leader before it is
sealed by the Office of the Pres-
Yesterday, members of the
media gathered outside the AG s
offices, St Vincent Street, Port-
of-Spain, after rumours spread
he was about to resign and make
a statement at a press conference
to that effect.
The AG was visited by Com-
munication Minister Vasant
Bharath and attorney Wayne
Sturge at one point but no press
conference materialised and the
AG subsequently sent out a
release in which he welcomed
the probe on the matter.
In a statement yesterday, David West said
he was asked by the media last week about
claims that prior to his appointment as PCA
director on November 7, 2014, the AG had
asked him to withdraw a witness statement
which West made on behalf of PNM leader
Dr Keith Rowley, in a court matter involving
the Attorney General Anand Ramlogan (AG)
and Rowley, in return for the Government s
support for West s appointment as PCA direc-
tor.West said he had replied the matter was
before the High Court and could not comment.
West noted that proceedings pending before
the High Court were a claim by the AG against
Rowley for damages for defamation and the
subject matter of the AG s claim related to
statements allegedly made by Rowley in 2011
concerning the case for the extradition of Gal-
baransingh and Steve Ferguson.
West said he had been involved up to 2010
as the former head of the Central Authority of
T&T and was appointed PCA director on
November 7, 2014.
West noted last Sunday s allegations in the
media against the Attorney General.
He said: "As I sought to make clear in a radio
interview on January 26, 2015, it is matter of
public record my witness statement was first
filed in the High Court on the 27th of June
2014 on an application by Dr Rowley for an
extension of time for the statement to be filed.
"Upon the Court of Appeal ultimately grant-
ing Dr Rowley the extension on December 19,
2014, my witness statement was formally filed
on December 19, 2014. I hope this makes it
patent that I did not withdraw my witness
statement or provide any other inducement
whatsoever to earn anyone s support for my
appointment as director of the authority.
"The allegations published in the Sunday
Express article "AG DUCKS" suggest the Hon
Attorney General committed serious criminal
conduct in relation to his office and the admin-
istration of justice in T&T. Due process demands
that any such allegations should be investigated
by the proper authorities and not in the media.
"I can disclose I was taking steps in that
regard prior to the publication of the article to
ensure that I provided the appropriate author-
ities with the best available corroborative evi-
dence for their investigation."
West added: "Although the Hon Attorney
General initially refused to make any comment
on the matter, he is now on the public record
denying categorically that he ever requested
me to withdraw my witness statement in his
claim against Dr Rowley.
"I am compelled to say publicly, without
more, that my recollection of what transpired
is diametrically opposed to the Hon Attorney
General s denial that he ever approached me.
"Accordingly, I have this morning made a
report to the acting Commissioner of Police
on the matter of the allegations against the
Hon Attorney General reported.
"I trust the acting commissioner will take
swift action on my report as he considers appro-
priate, or as he may be advised and that due
process will be ensured and the integrity of
any investigation will be preserved."
West: My recollection
opposed to Anand's
Griffith a vital witness in AG case
given to West
In a statement yesterday, AG
Ramlogan called for a speedy
enquiry and labelled the allegation
part of a "political conspiracy."
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, Ramlogan, Griffith and
Works and Transport Minister
Suruj Rambachan were identified
in a separate criminal investigation
relating to the Section 34 matter,
now dubbed Emailgate.
It was Opposition Leader Dr
Keith Rowley, who in May 2012
disclosed in Parliament a thread of
e-mails purportedly being
exchanged between the four
politicians in the wake of the
passage of legislation which was
tailored to benefit political
financiers Ishwar Galbaransingh
and Steve Ferguson, who were
facing a series of fraud charges
relating to the $1.6 billion Piarco
Airport Development Project.
That matter, subject to two
investigations by the Integrity
Commission and the Police Service,
are yet to be completed.
The probe by the Integrity
Commission has progressed
somewhat with e-mail service
provider Google to comply with a
subpoena in a California, USA court
to hand over the e-mail records of
Ramlogan and Persad-Bissessar.
The police matter is now lodged
with the United States
Department of Justice, the T&T
The conspiracy detailed in the
thread of e-mails disclosed a plot
to spy on Director of Public
Prosecutions Roger Gaspard,
remove him from office by
influencing Chief Justice Ivor
Archie to appoint Gaspard to the
High Court bench and harm
investigative journalist Denyse
Renne among other things.
The four politicians have
previously denied any wrongdoing
in the Emailgate matter and
described the thread of e-mails as
EMAILGATE NOT GOING AWAY
Friday, January 30, 2015
Attorney Wayne Sturge leaves
the Office of the Attorney
General, St Vincent Street,
PHOTO: JEFF MAYERS
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