Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 9th 2015 Contents GEISHA KOWLESSAR
The Police Service Social and Welfare
Association came in for severe criticism
from a parliamentary watchdog committee
yesterday for its lack of interest in the
events of March 23, when co-ordinated
police roadblocks virtually shut down the
country resulting in the loss of millions
of dollars to businesses and thousands of
motorists being forced to sit for hours in
Chairman of the Joint Select Committee
Independent Senator Dr Rolph Balgobin
waded into president of the police associ-
ation Anand Ramesar for his cavalier attitude
to the matter. The session took place at
Tower D, Waterfront Complex, Port-of-
Ramesar said it was a coincidence that
19 police stations embarked on roadblock
exercises on the same day, insisting that
the association s salary negotiations were
unrelated to the event.
Balgobin expressed concern that in
instances where the association made threats
stemming from stalled salary negotiations
there appeared to be a parallel organisation
being established in the Police Service.
"As a citizen of this country I would take
grievous, grave objection to someone in
whose arms I have put a gun abusing their
authority to make a point in relation to a
negotiation for wages.
"That for me in democratic terms I would
find utterly frightening and I think that is
where the country has reached in its con-
clusions," Balgobin said.
"The entire country has been invited to
conclude that there is a nexus between the
ongoing negotiations with the Chief Per-
sonnel Officer and the actions of Monday
the 23," Balgobin said.
He told Ramesar that his presence before
the JSC meant that he must give a clari-
fication which went beyond, We have noth-
ing to do with it.
"Because what you are inviting me to
then conclude is that this is the work of
someone who is very intelligent who gives
themselves enough room for plausible deni-
"So everything is organised and orches-
trated and then you stand one side to say
this has nothing to do with me and so you
wipe the instrument clean so forensically
we cannot identify you. But for all intents
and purposes the public has concluded that
your association has a central role to play
in this matter," Balgobin said.
Ramesar denied that either he or any
member of his organisation gave the directive
for the total policing operation.
Blows for Ramesar
for police lockdown
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Director of the SSA Bisnath Maharaj, left, speaks to Independent senator Dr Rolph
Balgobin before yesterday's sitting of the Joint Select Committee at the Parliament
Building, Waterfront Complex, Port-of-Spain. INSET: President of the Police Social and
Welfare Association Sgt Anand Ramesar, who appeared before the Joint Select Committee
yesterday. PHOTOS: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley says police
discovered a sophisticated laser spying device at
the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
The statement contradicts the position of Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar who told Parliament
on Wednesday that no spying devices had ever been
found at the DPP s office.
She was dismissing the contents of the emails
read by Rowley, in May 2013, which referred to
spying on the DPP s office, among other criminal
acts in the Emailgate affair.
Rowley speaking during a political meeting held
in Malabar in Arima on Wednesday night made
reference to confidential national security documents
dated May 24, 2013, sent to then National Security
Minister Emmanuel George.
The T&T Guardian had exclusively reported on
May 24, 2013, that a sophisticated laser spying
device was discovered in Gaspard s office at the
height of the Section 34 controversy.
T&T Guardian investigations had revealed the
device was detected in November 2012 inside the
conference room of the DPP s office at the Winsure
Building, Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain.
"This is a prima facie case where the Office of
the Director of Public Prosecutions was subject to
somebody s interest and all of that was happening
when the DPP was handling the matter of busi-
nessmen Ishwar Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson.
They wanted to know what the DPP was doing
with his staff and decisions he was making," Rowley
He also accused Persad-Bissessar of misleading
the country. (Geisha Kowlessar)
Laser spy found
at DPP's office
Head of the Strategic Services Agency (SSA)
Bisnath Maharaj said he found it "very
strange" that no divisional commander was
aware of the total policing operation.
Maharaj, who also spoke at yesterday's JSC,
said it was also strange to say that all
commanders lost control of their divisions.
On whether the electronic communication
system had broken down on that day, Maharaj
said he had no reports of that.
He said he did not know who gave the
directive for the operation to be carried out.
Executive director of the National Operations
Centre (NOC) Garvin Heerah said he was also
clueless about the operation. He said on that
day he too was out of the country.
When members of the Special Branch
appeared before the committee, ACP Earla
Christopher requested that the session be
heard in camera.
The session was then suspended for about 20
Upon resuming, Balgobin gave a synopsis of
what was said, noting that it appeared the
Special Branch also had no knowledge of the
STRANGE THE DIVISIONAL COMMANDERS UNAWARE---SSA
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