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The Integrity Commission has terminated
its investigation of Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar in relation to the emails presented
by Opposition leader Keith Rowley in 2013,
saying there are "no or insufficient grounds"
to continue the probe.
Persad-Bissessar s attorney Israel Khan, SC,
confirmed last night that he received a letter to
that effect yesterday afternoon from the com-
Khan confirmed the situation following a press
statement yesterday from the Office of the Prime
Minister, which stated the Registrar of the Integri-
ty Commission had yesterday written to Khan
in connection with the Emailgate allegations.
The commission and the police had been
investigating the Emailgate issue following Row-
ley s May 20, 2013 presentation in the Parliament
of emails which alleged a multi-pronged con-
spiracy by the PM and senior Government offi-
The emails purported to have emanated from
those officials email addresses and alleged a
conspiracy concerning the controversial Section
34 issue, including a plot to "harm" a journalist
and also to "bug" the office of the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP). (See Page A10)
Rowley had called on the commission to probe
Persad-Bissessar, after hearing of the emails
in Parliament, immediately sent a letter on the
emails to acting Police Commissioner Stephen
Williams, stating: "The correspondence pur-
porting to be email exchanges between govern-
ment office holders, alleges serious criminal con-
duct. I hereby request that you cause an
investigation into these very serious allegations
and ascertain the authenticity of those emails
and take such action as is required according to
the laws of T&T."
The police probe, headed by DCP Glen Hack-
ett, is still ongoing. However, according to Khan,
he received a letter via messenger yesterday
around 3.45 pm from the Integrity Commission.
In it, he said the commission, citing Section
34(6) of the Integrity Act law, indicated that it
had insufficient grounds to continue the probe
and it was dropped. Khan said he immediately
sent the letter to the PM.
The OPM subsequently issued a statement
which noted that Commission Registrar (Martin
Farrell), in a letter captioned "Investigation into
alleged email affair by the commission, stated:
"...The commission, pursuant to Section 34(6)
of the Act is satisfied that there are no or insuf-
ficient grounds for continuing the investigation
into the above matter and accordingly this inves-
tigation is hereby terminated."
The OPM statement said the letter "effectively
clears her and the Parliament of any impropriety
with respect to the Opposition Leader s fake
Football fans can look forward to all the
thrills and excitement of international football
on local television for the next three years, fol-
lowing the announcement yesterday that
Guardian Media Limited (GML) has acquired
the licence to broadcast all Fifa events until
The announcement that GML was the media
rights licensee was revealed yesterday in a col-
laborative launch between GML and DirecTV
Caribbean, which essentially gave exclusive free-
to-air television rights to GML s CNC3 station.
The partnership was signed by GML managing
director Lisa Agard and Direct TV s Caribbean
general manager Bernard Pantin.
Agard said GML had always given high priority
to highlighting sports locally, regionally and
"This solidifies our intention to be a major
player in sports entertainment. We are pleased
to give football and Fifa new home in T&T and
we plan to serve the public well," she said.
She said GML was ecstatic about the acqui-
sition, which included the right to simulcast its
free-to-air channel CNC3 via broadband trans-
mission and non exclusive radio rights to Fifa
events from 2015 to 2018, when the World Cup
will be staged in Russia.
Apart from the World Cup finals in Russia,
CNC3 will also broadcast the Fifa Women s
World Cup, which starts in Canada later this
year, the Confederations Cup and all Fifa Under-
17 and Under-20 World Cup matches, among
other Fifa events.
The agreement also provides radio rights to
be transmitted on 100.5FM, 95.1FM, 106.1FM,
99.5FM, 105.1FM, and 106.5FM.
Agard said GML was delighted to bring the
biggest sporting events in the world into the
homes of fans in T&T.
"The 2014 World Cup was one of the most
exciting events ever witnessed. We saw some
of the top teams, such as England, Spain and
Italy, being eliminated in the first round while
our Concacaf colleagues Costa Rica and Mexico
did us proud.
"It will be nice to see some more Caribbean
teams featuring in finals at the next World Cup."
Pantin said his company was pleased to part-
ner with GML.
"By acquiring Caribbean Media Rights to Fifa
matches, we are delivering more football than
ever before with the latest technology, thereby
expanding the viewership for the game at all
levels," he said.
He said the move also affirmed DirecTV s
commitment to football in T&T and provided
the company with an opportunity to deepen its
relationship with the sport and continue to grow
its base of supporters.
GML also has the rights for the Caribbean
Premier League (CPL), the major T20 cricket
tournament in the region with a host of inter-
national stars, which bowls off on June 20.
CNC3 new home
Kamla claims another win
Integrity body drops Emailgate probe...
According to the OPM statement, the
Prime Minister said: "This is a major
victory for the Office of the Prime
Minister and the sovereignity of the
Parliament of T&T. I am pleased the
finding of the Integrity Commission has
vindicated me. Of course I always knew
that I had acted appropriately.
"Now we can move on to the real issue
here. That is the Opposition Leader's
arrogant actions in misleading the
Parliament and impugning members of
the Government... If he will do this to the
Office of the PM, what would he do to
those less able to defend themselves? If
elected, whom would he bully and harass?
"Now that the IC has pronounced and
concluded their investigations, the
country must move on to the real issues
facing us and resolve to deal with the
challenges that face us at this time. The
Opposition Leader's leadership is again
called into question and once again it
shows that he is unfit to lead our
Saying she felt humbled by the ruling,
the PM added: "I thank all those citizens
for their deep concern and support during
what has been a sordid period."
Contacted about obtaining a copy of
the letter, OPM officials said it would
likely be released in Parliament today.
Commission spokesmen and Farrell did
not answer calls last night.
While the commission, which examined
possible violations of the Integrity in
Public Life Act concerning the emails, has
terminated its probe, the police probe will
have a different focus.
Recently, acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams told T&T Guardian
what the police were examining were not
electronic emails per se, but the email
"threads." Williams and Hackett didn't
answer calls yesterday.
Last week, deputy DPP Joan Honore-
Paul had warned the PM and others
about speaking about information
received from the US Justice Department
concerning email service provider Google
and other experts' opinions on the emails.
Both the PM and PP House leader
Roodal Moonilal had said the documents
had deemed the emails "fake."
However, Attorney General Garvin
Nicholas, in a strongly worded statement,
had appealed to the deputy DPP to
maintain the independence of the office.
He said he was particularly troubled by
the tenor of Honore-Paul's statement that
"no man should be judge in his own
cause," which could leave a reader with
the perception that there was a case to
be answered before the courts. Persad-
Bissessar also on Monday called on
Honore-Paul to step aside from the
Emailgate matter since her statement
last week had demonstrated "a clear
Yesterday, Nicholas said he had not
received any response from Honore-Paul
or an acknowledgement of his statement
or the Prime Minister's.
Opposition People's National Movement
(PNM) PRO Faris Al-Rawi last night said
there were still outstanding issues in the
"The publication by the Office of the
Prime Minister (OPM) of a letter of advice
from the Integrity Commission (IC) has
not disclosed the parameters of the
investigations pursued by the Integrity
Commission," he said.
"In any event, this publication must
stand opposite to the press statement
from the Office of the DPP last week
when the population was informed that
the Emailgate saga is far from over
because it involves an investigation
beyond the four corners of whether actual
emails existed or not and poured into
whether the substance of the allegations
in the Emailgate saga were true or not."
He said the statement attributed to the
Integrity Commission had in fact left more
issues than answers.
"One is left to speculate as to whether
the commission confined itself to
disclosures made by Google or whether it
was broader and included investigations
and statements from the DPP, Chief
Justice, Special Branch and other
"The PNM awaits the outcome of the
police investigations as the nation is surely
conscious that the office of the DPP would
not make statements of the kind
published last week, either glibly or
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