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Opposition Leader Keith Rowley is no "victim,"
even though he s being made out to be that, accord-
ing to PP House Leader Roodal Moonilal.
He said so as he concluded debate In Parliament
in Wednesday s motion of censure against Rowley.
This was approved and Rowley was suspended for
the rest of the term which ends on June 17. ILP leader
Jack Warner voted against it.
The motion was based on Rowley s May 2013 pres-
entation of e-mails which he claimed showed a multi-
pronged "conspiracy" by government officials on the
Section 34 issue.
Government, in debate, produced confirmation
from international and local experts that the e-mails
Moonilal, denying the motion was brought to dent
Rowley s "popularity", said Rowley had portrayed
himself as a victim in the situation but the Govern-
ment had obtained the proof the e-mails were fake
and had returned to Parliament to deal with what
Rowley had brought up in the Parliament in 2013
and which had hung over the PP s head since then.
"Mr Warner also spoke of Rowley as a victim and
demonised us but he s (Rowley) a perpetrator of dam-
aging accusations on Government s integrity."
Moonilal, who said Rowley had painted a picture
of intrigue with the "e-mails", designed to provoke
public unrest in a divisive "rivers of blood" speech",
has challenged Rowley to say if he would denounce
violence as a means of removing a constitutional-
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she
had instructed Moonilal to bring the motion and had
done the research.
She said the motion was based on the Constitution
(Section 55) regarding freedom of speech and Par-
liament s ability to regulate its own processes, including
such freedoms. She said it could not be that any MP
could say anything without checks and balances.
She said Colm Imbert s arguments against the
issue did not deal with Parliament s Standing Order
(55/16) which ensured nothing be done to deprive
the Parliament of power to proceed against any MP,
via a House resolution.
"We listened to all their motions against us but
the PNM has no respect for Parliament and fled after
their nonsensical argument on abuse of process," she
Persad-Bissessar said Government had
given the PNM much notice on the motion
to ensure fairness of procedure which, she
said, UNC leader Basdeo Panday and MP
Chandresh Sharma didn t get when they
were suspended from Parliament on the
spot in previous years.
She said Imbert didn t defend Rowley on
the e-mails and tried to distract from the
real issue, ownership of the emails, to which
Rowley had agreed.
She said once the e-mails were found to
be false, the substance also was.
"If the backbone collapses, the whole
body collapses," she added.
On the alleged contents, Persad-Bissessar
said bits and pieces of material had been
collected from isolated issues---reports of
"meetings", a US official s name, a security
officer going abroad---and converted via
reverse engineering to fabricate e-mail con-
She said Warner would have known of
the officer attending a seminar overseas
since he was National Security Minister
then. Warner nodded. She said the infor-
mation on the trip was manipulated to make
it appear part of a sinister plot.
She said the claim of "bugging" the DPP s
office was probed by the police and a report
from the Police Commissioner stated no
bugging devices were found.
She said sweeps of the office by Special
Branch and other officers were done in May
2013, 2014 and up to March 2015 and no
"overt or covert devices" were found.
Noting the PP had decried the PNM s
bugging of people s phones and brought
legislation to halt that, she added: "The
PNM knows what they are capable of and
believes everyone would do it."
On e-mails claim of "meetings" on the
Section 34 conspiracy, she said from 6 am
after the Section 34 issue the Government
had been mired in working to repeal the
legislation, bring it to Cabinet, Parliament,
debate it and pass it.
Moonilal: Rowley is no victim
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, May 8, 2015
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley walks out of
Wednesday's sitting of Parliament.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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