Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : November 19th 2015 Contents SHARLENE RAMPERSAD
Attorney Ravi Rajcoomar said private crim-
inal charges brought by his client against
three doctors were not legal terrorism.
Speaking on local radio programme
yesterday, Rajcoomar said filing of private
criminal charges was sanctioned in 1982
by the House of Lords.
Rajcoomar withdrew private
manslaughter charges filed on behalf of
Lorne Ramsoomair against doctors Deep-
avali Ramballack, Mondira Seenath and
Ashmeed Mohammed of the South West
Regional Health Authority (SWRHA).
Ramsoomair's wife, Crystal Boodoo-
Ramsoomair, died on March 4, 2011 at
the San Fernando General Hospital after
her third Caesarean section.
"I would say that was most unfortu-
nate by the lawyers who used that state-
ment, especially since going back to 1982
the filing of private indictments was
sanctioned by the House of Lords.
"And in 2012 by the Privy Council, so
the fact of the matter is that a criminal
matter was filed and it cannot amount
to legal terrorism when it was sanctioned
by such a high level of court and authority,"
He was referring to statements made by defence
attorney in the matter, Jagdeo Singh, after the court
hearing on Monday.
When asked to address media reports that other
doctors refused to testify against Ramballack, Seenath
and Mohammed during the proceedings, Rajcoomar
"I don't think that is entirely accurate. Let me
put it this way, there was some concerns that a crim-
inal matter was being pursued."
Asked about Singh's statement that his clients may
seek legal action against Ramsoomair because their
reputations suffered over Ramsoomair's charges, Raj-
"I don't wish to speak for the attorney for the
other side but having regards to our discussions, I
would be surprised."
He said "discussions" between both parties led to
the discontinuation of the case but declined to com-
ment further as Ramsoomair had ongoing civil matters
against SWRHA in the High Court.
He added: "Mr Ramsoomair has been going
through a lot since 2011. He has young chil-
dren and the matters have been dragged
through the court.
"There are civil matters going to trial that
in the face of the SWRHA admitting that
liability in the civil case, one has to be con-
cerned that this man... it's only so much that he can
take every time he has to go to court.
"I will tell you that there were certain discussions
between me and the other side that would have led
He said he expected a lot of new information to
be revealed when the High Court matter resumed
"The civil trial will continue next month and I
suppose as evidence unfolds and doctors are cross-
examined, I suspect a lot will come out," he added.
Former prime minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar is calling on acting Police Com-
missioner Stephen Williams to clear the
air on the status of the police s investi-
gation into Emailgate.
In a letter sent to Williams on Mon-
day, Persad-Bissessar's lawyer, Israel
Khan, SC, said the police were "morally
and legally wrong" to remain silent on
the issue considering the length of the
investigation and the fact that they
were in possession of email records
from Google-central to the contro-
Khan said: "The general election
has "come and gone" and the
police are still reluctant to clear
the good name of my client.
"Sir, your investigators are in
possession of all the email
threads' requested from Google
for the entire month of Septem-
ber 2012 and as far as she is con-
cerned there is not a sintilla of
evidence implicating her in the
Khan's letter, one of several sent
to Williams since the investigation
began in 2013, was based on an
exclusive report in this newspaper last
week which claimed that the investiga-
tion had hit a dead end with criminal
charges being unlikely.
The report quoted an unnamed source
close to the investigation, who said: "Put it
this way, we can't prove or disprove the
allegations contained in the thread of
While Khan pointed to a lack of evi-
dence from information obtained by inves-
tigators from Google, the source quoted in
the report had noted that the police inves-
tigation was not solely based on the emails
but also dealt with the events allegedly
discussed in the email thread which was
presented by then opposition leader and
now Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in
Parliament over two years ago.
"Surely, if there is nothing emanating
from those email threads' to implicate my
client then it is obvious that the police
must clear her from any wrong doing,"
The T&T Guardian attempted to contact
Williams for a response to Khan's letter
but he did not answer calls to his cell-
phone yesterday evening.
The Emailgate allegations were first
made public by Dr Keith Rowley on May
20, 2013, when he read in Parliament a
thread of 31 email messages purporting to
be a conversation between four people,
whose email accounts bore striking
similarities to those of the then prime
minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, then
attorney general Anand Ramlogan, then
national security advisor Gary Griffith and
then government minister Suruj
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