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for 03RD MARCH, 2015
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams has confirmed the police have
received "voluminous" information from
Internet service provider Google on the
Emailgate issue and the alleged e-mails
in the matter are being analysed to deter-
mine their authenticity.
The statement was made, via a press
release, yesterday, as Williams responded
to questions from the media in the wake
of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar s
call on Monday night for the top cop and
the Director of Public Prosecutions Roger
Gaspard (DPP) to comment on US author-
ities information on the Google aspect of
the Emailgate issue.
The release confirmed the service had
received information from Google but did
not reveal details of the information .
"The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
wishes to confirm that it recently received
communication from the multi-national
Internet service provider, Google, through
the Central Authority of Trinidad and Toba-
go on the matter that has come to be com-
monly referred to as Emailgate.
"The information contained in the com-
munication is voluminous in nature and
the alleged e-mails are being analysed by
the TTPS (Police Service) to determine
their authenticity," it added.
It said the information was provided to
the service by Google following a request
made via the Central Authority.
The statement added: "Commissioner
of Police (Ag), Stephen Williams, has given
the assurance the outcome of the inves-
tigation will be made public in due course.
"The Commissioner of Police recognises
the importance of the issue to the general public
and accordingly advises that the matter is being
treated with the level of urgency required and expect-
In May 2013, the police launched an investigation
into alleged e-mail transactions attributed to the
e-mail accounts of certain senior government officials
in the E-mailgate issue raised by Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley.
Addressing the issue while speaking at the United
National Congress Monday Night forum in Brazil,
Persad-Bissessar said: "For far too long I have sat
and watched in horror as dangerous conspiracy the-
ories are hatched against my Government.
"I will not tolerate any baseless and malicious
attacks whilst the PNM is protected by their friends.
"The allegations reached a new level with the
Emailgate conspiracy in which the Opposition Leader
read out in Parliament about 30 alleged e-mails
accusing some of us of corruption, spying and even
"They manufactured a dark cloud of suspicion
and left it lingering over my head. I immediately
referred this to the acting CoP for investigation.
"I categorically denied then, as I do now, that
those alleged e-mails purported to be sent from
and to me were false.
"Recently, I saw in the newspapers an article
which indicated that authorities in the United States
have provided the information requested from
Google. There have been no refutations of that arti-
The PM added: "I therefore call upon the acting
Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public
Prosecutions to indicate what the position is in this
regard and I have asked my lawyers to make such
representation on my behalf to these offices.
"If e-mail information has in fact been received
directly from Google concerning my e-mail account
then we must move with great dispatch to conclude
Persad-Bissessar said having regard to the serious
nature of the allegations, she was requesting that
the findings be made public "as a matter of urgency
so that the damage to our country s reputation can
"I wish to warn Dr Rowley though that he may
have to worry about yet another lawsuit. This time
it would be from me. I must protect and defend
my character and reputation from these baseless
attacks," she said.
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley in
May 2013 alleged in Parliament that he
was in possession of several e-mails
purportedly written by certain high-level
Government officials, the PM, former AG
Anand Ramlogan and Local Government
Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan and former
national security minister Gary Griffith
which detailed a "conspiracy" concerning
the controversial Section 34 issue.
The allegations dealt with an alleged plot
to tap the phone of the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) and the intimidation of
the T&T Guardian journalist who broke the
story about the early proclamation of
Section 34 of the Administration of Justice
(Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011.
The e-mails followed outrage in some
quarters concerning the Section 34 matter
The PM and her colleagues all denied the
allegation but in Parliament that same day,
the Prime Minister referred the matter to
the police to probe.
Investigations began under ACP Mervyn
Richardson and are now under ACP Glenn
Gaspard, whose name was mentioned in
the e-mails, recused himself on the issue.
The police investigation and probe by the
Integrity Commission, which Rowley had
also requested, involved writing to Google,
one of the world's main e-mail service
Former AG Ramlogan, who sued Rowley
over his allegations last September,
claimed victory in January when he said a
court judgment noted that Rowley had
failed to file a defence by January 7.
Ramlogan reportedly applied for default
The PNM, however, wrote the Judiciary
seeking to have that court order set aside
since the party said it had applied for
extension to file the defence and was
unaware of any other
mandate/proceedings to file by January 7.
The PM said two weeks ago in
Parliament that she may, "perhaps soon,"
have to sue Rowley on E-mailgate.
Following release of the TTPS statement last
night, Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said she
was relieved that the information had been
received by the Police Service.
"I welcome the confirmation of the receipt of
information from Google through the US Justice
Department," Persad-Bissessar said.
"The commissioner has made it clear that they
will deal with it as a matter of urgency and so I
also welcome the speedy investigation and
disclosure to the public on this matter.
She added: "I have always maintained these e-
mails were bogus and I know the investigation
will vindicate my thinking on that. I await the
findings and I maintain, as I have done from day
one, when I immediately referred this issue to the
police, that they are bogus and I look forward to
vindication of our position on this matter."
I WILL BE VINDICATED
Prime Minister Kamla
Sport Minister Brent
Sancho wave to
supporters during the
UNC's Monday Night
Forum at the Brazil
PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
Williams promises Emailgate disclosure in time...
'Google file voluminous'
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