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Resigned member of Congress of the People, Joe
Pires, has found a new political home under the wings
of an entity formed by ex-Congress of the People
chairman Nicole Dyer-Griffith and her husband, for-
mer national security minister Gary Griffith.
While the entity has not yet formalised its association,
Dyer-Griffith confirmed yesterday that this was not
the first time they had met and also confirmed that
the husband and wife team hosted another meeting
"The consensus was to put an interim steering com-
mittee together, chaired by Joe Pires. A number of
interim sub-committees were identified," Dyer-Griffith
said in response to texted questions about the new
"Essentially, these sub teams will continue to develop
the movement forward, by all consensus."
This new political movement comes at a time when
Griffith remains the key witness in the probe into alle-
gations that former attorney general Anand Ramlogan
sought to encourage Police Complaints Authority direc-
tor David West to withdraw his witness statement in
a defamation lawsuit he has against People s National
Movement leader (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley, in exchange
for West s appointment to the PCA.
Griffith had stepped forward claiming that he was
approached by Ramlogan to use his friendship with
West to find out whether West had indeed withdrawn
his statement after he was appointed. Griffith had
claimed that he was unaware of what document Ram-
logan was speaking about until after he spoke to West
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Former Special Branch
Inspector Allister Guevarro is
now seeking legal advice fol-
lowing media reports that act-
ing Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams had re-
opened a case after a claim by
a witness that his statement
Guevarro headed the 2010
probe into how a box contain-
ing confidential Supreme Court
documents ended up at the
private office of an attorney.
The investigation was com-
pleted in May 2011 and had
been officially closed after it
was deemed there was no
criminal act involved, but one
of the main players in the case,
attorney Mark Seepersad, who
made the discovery and filed
the initial complaint, recently
denied that he was ever inter-
viewed by police investigators
during the first probe.
Asked yesterday whether he
had ever made attempts to
interview Seepersad during the
course of his probe, Guevarro
initially said he was not autho-
rised to comment to the media.
"Ma am, police officers are
forbidden to speak to the press.
You may contact the Com-
missioner of Police and if he
allows me to speak to you, I
Williams was then contact-
ed, but he said in keeping with
the regulations, Guevarro
should contact him and
request permission to speak to
the media. When called a sec-
ond time and told this, Gue-
varro said he did not want to
speak to the press and so had
no intention of calling Williams
"You called me. I did not
say I want to speak with you,"
He added that if the media
had called him before publish-
ing the story, he might have
"That information you put
there is erroneous. I see they
mention Surajdeen Persad.
That information is erroneous.
Had the reporter spoken to me
before writing it, I would have
something to say," Guevarro
stated, adding, "I am having a
conversation with my lawyers.
If there is anything to correct,
my lawyers will handle this."
Fired Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan also declined
to comment yesterday.
"Why would I want to com-
ment on that? No, I don t want
to comment," Ramlogan said
when contacted by phone.
On Friday, Williams revealed
that the five-year-old investi-
gation was being reopened.
Re-opened probe into missing High Court files
Pires joins new
On February 26, the T&T Guardian reported that
Griffith met with police investigators for several
hours and left the building marvelling that "five
words" from Ramlogan left him answering
In a telephone interview on Friday, Griffith
denied that he was interrogated by the
investigating officers. He said that after 18 months
as national security minister urging citizens with
knowledge of wrongdoing to come forward, it
would be remiss of him to not help a police
Griffith also said that despite the unceremonious
dismissal by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, he bears no ill-will against her, as she did
what she had to do.
"I remain her friend and I also still advise on
matters of national security because as you can
imagine, I demitted office suddenly," Griffith said.
Griffith said he was still curious as to why he
was dismissed for being a witness in a police
investigation while another minister was reported
to the police for an investigation and no moves
have been made against him.
"But I have to say I have no regrets, political seat
is not worth more than doing the right thing," he
He condemned all critics who immediately
aligned him with the Opposition People's National
Movement when he was dismissed.
"It is the easiest thing to try to demonise
someone and the easiest way to do it is to say
you're in with the Opposition. That is so far from
the truth," Griffith said.
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talking to lawyers
Seepersad had claimed that
what was purported to be a
statement in the file Guevarro
handed delivered to then
Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs
back in 2011 was a "cut and
paste" of sentences of a letter he
had written to the Registrar of
the Supreme Court, Evelyn Ann
Petersen, on November 15, 2010,
giving details of the discovery of
the confidential documents.
His claims came after the
Judiciary issued two statements
on February 13 and 19 after media
reports about the probe.
In the first, the Judiciary stated
that a police investigation into
the discovery of court documents
at the Port-of-Spain office of an
attorney almost five years ago
unearthed no criminal
wrongdoing and "no disciplinary
action was taken by the Judiciary
against the officer involved in the
incident and she has since left the
But six days after that
statement was made, the
Judiciary issued a second
statement saying: "The Judiciary
notes recent comments in the
media which assert that Mr Mark
alleges that he was never
interviewed in relation to a
matter involving court files found
in the office of an attorney at law.
Seepersad met with Chief
Justice Ivor Archie on February 23
to discuss the matter and
subsequently wrote to Williams
and the DPP.
Williams announced the re-
opening of the case on Friday.
Seepersad said on Friday that
he was ready and willing to assist
the TTPS with its investigation,
now headed by Assistant
Commissioner of Police Simon
RECENT CASE HISTORY
Police are searching for three men
who robbed two people of their vehicle
at gunpoint in Matura.
Police said around 10 am yesterday, a
47-year-old Swedish citizen and a 35-
year-old resident of Pinto Road, Arima,
were at Gordon Trace in Salybia, near
the beachfront, when they were
approached by three men who
announced a robbery.
The victims were robbed of their Nis-
san Navara pickup, cellphones, a digital
camera, cash and jewelery.
The suspects then tied and gagged
both victims, leaving them face down
in some bushes before they escaped.
The victims untied themselves and
made their way to the Matura Police
Station where they made a report.
The vehicle was later found abandoned
in Sangre Grande.
2 robbed at gunpoint in Matura
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