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for 14TH MAY, 2015
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has
demanded Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar immediately remove from her Facebook page
statements he describes as libellous. He wants
the Prime Minister to remove the posts made
on May 11 and 12 and apologise, or face legal
The Prime Minister has until 4 pm next Monday
Rowley yesterday released a pre-action protocol
letter through Al-Rawi and Company --- headed
by PNM Senator Faris Al-Rawi --- to this effect.
Al-Rawi had been removed from Rowley s legal
team in the case against former attorney general
Anand Ramlogan earlier in the year, but is acting
on this matter.
The letter noted the alleged emails which Row-
ley presented to the Parliament in May 2013. It
pointed out what Rowley had said to the Parlia-
ment when he presented the emails and that he
also called on the Director of Public Prosecutions
to examine the issue and the Integrity Commission
to investigate it.
The letter stated that Government filed a motion
of suspension against Rowley, although nowhere
in the motion or other matters on the issue was
it alleged that Rowley was personally responsible
for fabricating the emails.
With that in mind, the letter drew attention
to a post on the PM s Facebook page of May 11
concerning the emails.
The letter claimed that the post was authored
and/or caused to be authored and/or authorised
and/or published by Persad-Bissessar. It also
noted another similar Facebook post on May 12.
Rowley s attorney stated that Rowley had been
very careful in his presentation to Parliament,
and subsequent presentations and interviews, to
set out how he came to be in possession of the
emails. See pages A4 and A5
In light of the situation, the letter demanded
that the PM immediately remove the offending
words from her Facebook page, apologise imme-
diately on the page --- in terms to be approved
by Rowley s attorneys --- and give an undertaking
not to repeat the offending words or similar words.
Also demanded by Rowley s attorneys is a proposal
with respect to the payment of a substantial sum
in damages to compensate him for injury to his
Rowley to sue for
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
yesterday admitted to becoming stressed
out after reading the reports of Deputy Direc-
tor of Public Prosecutions Joan Honore-Paul
criticism of her over the Emailgate probe.
She made the admission during a Mother s
Day function at the Diplomatic Centre in St
The PM initially began by recalling to the
gathering "all the good times and memories"
she had as a child growing up. She then
recalled a personal incident with her grandson,
who had told his aunt that he was stressed.
After the narration about the incident, how-
ever, Persad-Bissessar then said: "But I woke
up this morning I was like my grandson, I
am stressed. I open the newspaper (and) I am
Persad-Bissessar said, however, that she
opened a new school in Maraval hours before
and after her stressful morning, "the day has
turned out so wonderfully well."
Persad-Bissessar did not specify what story
or stories stressed her out, but the T&T
Guardian s front page story had the headline
"Deputy DPP slams PM for Emailgate claims
- No one cleared."
That story indicated that despite claims to
the contrary by Persad-Bissessar in an inter-
view in Parliament and at a public meeting
of the UNC in Diego Martin in the past few
days, Honore-Paul said in a statement that
neither the PM nor former attorney general
Anand Ramlogan had been cleared and the
case was still wide open and being investigated
by the police.
The police and Integrity Commission are
still investigating the allegation by Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley in May 2013 about
a plot to murder a T&T Guardian journalist
and also to bug the Office of the DPP following
a story about the early proclamation of the
Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceed-
During a no-confidence motion against the
Prime Minister, Rowley had told the Parliament
that the emails were allegedly sent from
addresses belonging to Persad-Bissessar, Ram-
logan and other senior Cabinet ministers and
Government officials, including the PM s then
national security adviser Gary Griffith.
The PM and her colleagues denied the alle-
gation and Persad-Bissessar called on acting
Police Commissioner Stephen Williams to
launch a probe.
Last week, Leader of Government Business
in the House, Housing and Urban Develop-
ment Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, said the
Government was in possession of information
from the US Department of Justice indicating
that the emails were fake. Persad-Bissessar
also subsequently said Rowley was suspended
from Parliament last week in order to clear
her and her colleagues names as the Parlia-
ment is to be dissolved next month.
But Honore-Paul said on Wednesday it
would be misleading to suggest anyone had
been cleared in the matter.
"While it is true, that after receipt of the
information from the Department of Justice,
the police team led by Superintendent Baldeo
Nanan did send a report to Deputy Com-
missioner of Police Glen Hackett, it is not
true that such report cleared Mr Anand Ram-
logan and Mrs Kamla Persad-Bissessar in
respect of this investigation," Honore-Paul
See Deputy DPP's full statement on Page A12
PM responds to Deputy DPP's Emailgate statement
I am stressed
Persad-Bissessar also commented on
Wednesday's roundtable meeting in Port-
of-Spain involving trade union leaders,
former prime minister Basdeo Panday and
"Recently I saw a lot of men all ganged
up and sitting at a roundtable. I saw all
these men and their one aim was to get
Kamla out," she said.
"I want to tell you ... we women are very
strong and with my strength and your
support I will be the woman left standing."
She said she would like to make sure she
was not the first and last woman to head a
government in this country.
She told the mothers and grandmothers
in the audience that her Government was
committed to regularising thousands of
squatters across the country and that she
was working hard to take care of all the
children in the nation. She said she will also
"champion the issues of gender equity
because women who are mothers can at
times become our greatest teachers."
Persad-Bissessar said: "The denial of
fundamental human rights on the basis of
gender has absolutely no place."
A group of women dance during entertainer Denise Plummer's performance of Woman is Boss during Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar's Mother's Day function at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann's, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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