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A 30-year-old Arouca man was
killed in a car accident in Pasea on
According to reports, around 9.30
pm, Jason Gabriel, of Waterloo Road,
Arouca, was driving east along the
Churchill-Roosevelt Highway when
he lost control of his car about 100
metres before the Pasea intersection.
Gabriel's Nissan Almera veered left
and slammed into a crash barrier on
the northern side of the highway.
The car spun around and flipped
Police said Gabriel was badly injured
and was pinned behind the wheel. His
two female passengers also were
Fire officers from the Tunapuna Fire
Station responded and freed the trio
from the wreckage, using hydraulic
Gabriel was pronounced dead on
the scene by a district medical officer
(DMO) and his passengers were taken
to the Eric Williams Medical Sciences
Complex, Mt Hope, where they both
remained warded in a satisfactory con-
dition up to late yesterday.
The road fatality toll for the year
now stands at 66. There were 188 road
fatalities last year, according to sta-
tistics released by the police Crime
and Problem Analysis Branch.
Sgt Leotaud of the Tunapuna Police
Station is investigating.
Public Administration Minister
Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan said yes-
terday there must be concern over
the revelations by Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley in Parliament yes-
During his contribution in a no -
confidence motion debate against the
Prime Ministe , Rowley read some 31
e-mails, allegedly involving high-
ranking government officials, and
sent following the early proclamation
of the Administration of Justice
(Indictable Proceedings) Bill 2011.
In immediate responses to Rowley's
allegations, Persad-Bissessar and
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
both said the e-mails were fabricat-
ed.In a brief comment to the media in
Parliament yesterday, Seepersad-
Bachan said: "There will always be
concerns but we have to be sure there
is truth in the process."
She said it was very easy to fabricate
e-mails, but "it is something to be
"But at this time there is no evi-
dence of any truth in it," Seepersad-
She said she was certain the matter
would be investigated to determine
the veracity of the allegations.
National Security Adviser to the
Prime Minister Gary Griffith also
denied sending any e-mail to cabinet
ministers about the Section 34 matter.
Griffith described Rowley's claims
as "the diaries of a madman."
Arouca man dies
in road crash
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar yesterday described as
a con job the presentation of
"fabricated" e-mails by Opposi-
tion Leader Dr Keith Rowley on
the Section 34 fiasco.
Persad-Bissessar said the matter
was "a total, total fabrication," as
she did not send those e-mails in
the month of September last year,
after the T&T Guardian published
an exclusive story about the early
proclamation of Section 34 of the
Administration of Justice
(Indictable Proceeding) Bill 2011.
The legislation was subsequent-
ly hurriedly repealed in emergency
sittings of the House of Repre-
sentatives and the Senate in early
Rowley yesterday presented
copies of 31 e-mails during his
presentation of a motion of lack
of confidence in the PM and the
Persad-Bissessar called a news
conference at Parliament at the
Waterfront, Port-of-Spain, hours
after Rowley's allegations to the
House. She said she had written
to Acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams to do an imme-
diate investigation into the e-mails
to determine if they were authen-
tic.Persad-Bissessar admitted that
one e-mail address which Rowley
gave, email@example.com, was
hers, but said she did not send
any of the e-mails.
Earlier in the no-confidence
motion debate, Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan also said the e-
mails were fabricated.
Persad-Bissessar described the
development as "bad news.".
She said she went to her com-
puter after hearing Rowley's
"These e-mails, I want to say,
are a total fabrication," she said.
Persad-Bissessar said she was
also very surprised that Rowley
had had the information for some
six months and did not refer it to
the police for investigation.
She said, however, that the
matters raised were serious and
consequently she wrote to
Williams asking for an investi-
gation to be commenced.
In the letter, dated May 20 (yes-
terday), Persad-Bissessar said the
matter alleged serious criminal
conduct and asked Williams to
investigate "these very serious
allegations and ascertain the
authenticity of those e-mails and
to take such action as is required
according to the law."
She said she hoped the probe
would be completed in the short-
est possible time, and said the
Government would be considering
drafting legislation to address the
matter in due course.
The PM said the matter of the
e-mails was never raised in her
meeting with the President. Row-
ley reportedly said he referred the
e-mails to the President several
She said she hoped Rowley
would co-operate with the police
in the forthcoming probe. She said
she was confident that justice will
be served and anyone found guilty
of an offence in this investigation
would be made to feel the brunt
of the law.
She indicated that if Rowley
was also found to be providing
inaccurate information, he could
face sanction in the Parliament
via a motion of privilege.
"If these allegations are false
then the member may be in con-
tempt of the House with respect
to misleading the House," she said.
PM orders CoP to
Kamla: Total fabrication by Rowley
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, sitting, and Government Chief Whip Dr Roodal Moonilal, read a copy of
the email read out to Parliament by the Opposition leader during the no confidence motion brought against
the Prime Minister yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan said that Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley made a "bold-
faced, disgraceful, shameful
attempt to assassinate the char-
acter of PM Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar" when he presented a motion
of no confidence against the PM
and the Government yesterday.
Ramlogan was the first Minister
to respond to Rowley's motion in
the House of Representatives.
"It is pure and utter fabrication,"
Ramlogan said the allegation of
email exchanges between certain
high-ranking government officials.
Ramlogan said he never had any
gmail account with the address
Rowley referred to in his contri-
He also dismissed Rowley's
claim that he wanted to tap the
phone of the Director of Public
He also said the Office of the
AG had no interest in tapping the
phones of journalists either, as was
claimed by Rowley, adding that
was the way the PNM operated
while in government.
The AG said Rowley's motion
was "entirely misconceived, totally
devoid of merit, completely unjus-
tified, and an abuse of Parliament."
He insisted the Government had
not done anything to undermine
the Judiciary or the media in the
country, as was claimed by Row-
ley.Noting Rowley's motion was
"ridiculous in the extreme", Ram-
logan said he did not have an email
with the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
He said his email address was
Ramlogan said Rowley was
making "baseless allegations" and
"grasping at straws", adding there
was a good working relationship
between the Government and the
Judiciary. He said the motion
should be treated with the greatest
of contempt for it was vacuous
and without merit.
In a release last evening, the
Office of the PM refuted any
authorship in the series of printouts
of alleged electronic mails between
members of the government dur-
ing a period of September 2012
produced by Rowley.
"The content of the print-outs
as read into the Parliamentary
debate this afternoon would be
inadmissible under any general
rule of evidence and we challenge
the Leader of the Opposition to
authenticate these messages.
"We also challenge the Oppo-
sition Leader to repeat these alle-
gations outside the Parliament
chamber and without the protec-
tion of the privilege he so skillfully
abuses," the release said.
It added that "in this era of tech-
nology, it is easy to forge e-mail
accounts, or to create accounts
that are either very similar or
appears to be an authentic existing
"If a series of print outs, without
any well-established electronic
verification process, is the foun-
dation of the Leader of the Oppo-
sition's No Confidence Motion in
the Government; then the motion
is being built on nothing more than
a fictitious and fabricated paper
foundation and adds nothing to
the development of the people of
Trinidad and Tobago," the release
Ramlogan: Disgraceful act by Rowley
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