Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : March 5th 2015 Contents KEVON FELMINE
Now that critical evidence from Google
Inc is in the hands of police investigators,
People s National Movement leader Dr
Keith Rowley says he prefers to wait until
they make findings before making any
Speaking on the eve of confirmation by
acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams that the police had received infor-
mation they had requested from Google
Inc, Rowley said although the probe has
been a lengthy one to date, it is a matter
of great importance.
"As far as everybody knows, there is a
police investigation taking place and
notwithstanding the jumping up and down,
and screaming elsewhere, the matter is in
the hands of the police and has been so
since May 2013," Rowley said during a PNM
walkabout along the Marabella trainline yes-
"These are investigations and if there is
an investigation, what the police have said
is what I expected: They will be conducting
an examination of the evidence and at the
end of it, they will tell us what they have
"It seems to be taking quite a bit of time
but we will wait until the authorities tell us
what they have found."
He added: "Don t forget this is matter of
great importance for which we have called
for an investigation in the Parliament and
that call resulted in a police investigation
and an Integrity Commission investigation
and they will tell us what they have found."
As he walked along the impoverished side
of San Fernando West, shaking the hands
of unemployed adults, PNM candidate Faris
Al-Rawi said Government had forgotten the
people living on the Marabella trainline.
He said if he were selected MP, first on
his agenda would be to bring employment
to the community, which has been riddled
with crime, squatting and coastal erosion.
During the walkabout, residents pledged
their support for the party but warned that
they were not taking mere promises again.
Eugene Edmund said jobs, materials for
home improvement and a recreation centre
for the idle youths were desperately needed.
He said they have tirelessly asked their rep-
resentatives for help but none was given.
"It is the youths I am talking for. We are
tired of asking for these things but it is the
same thing we see over and over when it
is election time.
"They come around like now and promise
us things but when they get into office, into
power, they forget us until the next election.
Please when you all get in power this time,
don t forget us," Edmund said.
Thursday, March 5, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
JENSEN LA VENDE
The cries of pregnant cancer patient Melissa
Evans echoed throughout the Port-of-Spain Mag-
istrate s Court yesterday after she was told she
had to spend a night in prison after being denied
bail in the multi-million dollar pawn shop robbery
Evans, her boyfriend Jevon Cudjoe, his younger
brother Jude, Vishnu Lutchman and Anthony
Hutchinson were all denied bail when they appeared
before Magistrate Cheron Raphael charged with
robbing More Money Pawn Shop of
$23,693,055.49, $60,000 and electronic items
worth $6,000. The five are alleged to have robbed
the store sometime between February 21 and 23.
Evans, 33, of Mt Hololo, Cascade, through her
attorney Alexia Romero, told the magistrate she
has to attend clinic every two months and since
her arrest on February 27 she had to be rushed to
Romero also told the court her client was deemed
medically unfit to work and is the mother of two,
including an asthmatic seven-year-old daughter.
Romero, who also represented Jevon Cudjoe,
said he was 28 and had one pending matter for
She said Cudjoe, who was additionally charged
with possession of marijuana when held on Feb-
ruary 28 at his home, was a technician. Cudjoe
pleaded guilty to the marijuana possession.
After the duo, who appeared separately from
the other accused, appeared and were denied bail,
Evans began to cry.
As she was led out of the court her cries turned
to wails. Moments after the couple appeared their
co-accused were brought to court to answer the
charge for the multi-million dollar robbery.
The younger Cudjoe, 25, of St Rose Hill, East
Dry River, Port-of-Spain, was represented by
Samuel Thomas. He and Lutchman are additionally
charged with robbing Just CDs and Accessories
of 160 sim cards, 19 cellphones, together totalling
$19,138.74 and $1,000.
Cudjoe, along with other unknown people, is
further charged with stealing 46 Army Fete tickets;
$7,608.03 and two tablets, valued at $2,849 from
American Stores, Henry Street, Port-of-Spain,
sometime between January 22 to 23.
Sometime between February 9 and 10, Cudjoe,
again with others, was accused of robbing Ellis
Brown and Co Ltd on Charlotte Street of $15,056
in tools and $1,985. He is also charged with pos-
session of marijuana to which he pleaded guilty.
Before denying the five bail, Raphael requested
the medical records of Evans for considering bail.
Court prosecutor Sgt Joseph objected to bail,
however, noting that due to the nature of the
offence he was convinced the accused are likely
to abscond even if their passports were taken away.
Added to that, he said the criminal records of all
the accused were not available and they would
have to re-appear today for bail application.
According to police, the alleged thieves got into
the store by cutting out slabs of concrete from
the roof and using a drill to access the vault room.
Using blow torches and other tools, they then cut
the safes and cleaned out gold and other precious
The thieves also cut open a huge safe which
protected the video surveillance equipment and
stole that too.
Police said the thieves allegedly had the floor
plan drawings for the business and several others
in the Port-of-Spain area. Police said $1.4 million
worth of jewels have since been recovered.
Rowley awaits outcome
PoS pawn shop heist...
...Suruj, Gary hope for quick end
GAIL ALEXANDER and NADALEEN SINGH
Works Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan
and former minister Gary Griffith said
yesterday they hope the E-mailgate inves-
tigation can be concluded quickly.
They said so yesterday after being con-
tacted for comment in the wake of acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams con-
firmation that the Police Service had received
information from Internet service provider
Google Inc on the matter.
Speaking to reporters at a business con-
ference in Port-of-Spain yesterday, Ram-
bachan said the police investigation was
taking too long.
He added: "I think now that the police
have admitted that they have the information
they should come public with whatever they
"I wrote to Google about a week after
this happened and within six hours Google
sent me back, from the legal department,
a letter in which they cleared me completely.
"I am just waiting on the Commissioner
of Police to finish his investigation as quickly
" I hope they do this before the elections
and not after the elections because this is
something that they have tried to impugn
the character of ministers of government
"I, like the Prime Minister, am also waiting
to file my lawsuit in terms of what has hap-
pened in this matter."
Contacted by phone, Griffith too said he
was anxious to see the completion of the
"I hope this matter can be rectified as
quickly as possible. I would not want to
pressure the police as I am aware there is
a process and they have to be very metic-
ulous in compiling all the data and they
cannot give piecemeal information."
Griffith said he also wished assurances
were given that not only authentication of
the e-mails was being done but that the
probe would extend to authenticating the
content of the papers as well. He said that
would clear up any questions on that.
Police said yesterday that the information
they have received from Google in connec-
tion with the alleged e-mails were now
being analysed to determine their authen-
Ramlogan did not respond to calls for his
comment on the information received by
police. Sources close to him said he had
returned to private practice.
In May 2013, Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar asked the acting Police Com-
missioner to investigate alleged e-mails
which Opposition leader Dr Keith Rowley
produced in Parliament.
The alleged e-mails were purported to
have been written by the PM, former attor-
ney general Anand Ramlogan, Rambachan
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.
Marabella Trainline resident Ronald Williams make a point to PNM leader Dr Keith Rowley
during a walkabout in his community yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
cries in court
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