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Although Congress of the People (COP)
leader Prakash Ramadhar called his wife
and wept on Monday after the Keith Rowley
e-mails were revealed in Parliament, Ramad-
har yesterday said he was deeply encouraged
that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
had said the allegations in the e-mails were
Speaking during yesterday s no-confidence
motion debate in Parliament, Ramadhar said
he had been depressed and had spent a restless
night on Monday after PNM leader Rowley s
revelations of the e-mails and their alleged
Ramadhar said after this was revealed, he
left the chamber, called his wife and wept.
He said: "Not because of any fear other
than what happened in this House on Mon-
day. If it is the allegations are true, it is of
the most heinous and grave nature. If it is
not, that is equally heinous and grave."
He said T&T will never be the same after
the revelation, since there will always be those
in society who will be divided over this.
"Is this the cheap way we do things in
T&T?" he asked of the Opposition s move.
"The COP s position is, we need to know
what the truth is. We make no pronounce-
ment. But I am deeply encouraged when the
Prime Minister made it very clear that all
these allegations are fabrications."
Ramadhar said if Rowley believed the e-
mails were serious, important and real doc-
uments, then he must have appreciated imme-
diately that they would have been obtained
in breach of the Interception of Communi-
cation 2010 law. He said obtaining such mate-
rial illegally carries a penalty of a $250,00
fine and three years jail time.
Ramadhar said the allegations were most
serious, including conspiracy to murder a
reporter and an attack on the judiciary---the
two protectors of T&T s democracy. He said
if Rowley had believed the matter to be true
and had held it for six months---as Rowley
had said---then the PNM leader was guilty
of not carrying out his duty to the people as
a high public officer.
"If it was kept in his bosom or back pocket
or wherever and some harm had come to a
member of the free press, what would he
have done about that?" Ramadhar asked.
"If actions had been taken to undermine
the judiciary, what would he have done as
Ramadhar said Rowley had not said what
he had done to investigate the e-mails, which
he described as "horrific allegations."
Querying the basis for the e-mails, Ramad-
har said if they were false, it would damage
the psyche of the public. He said the current
situation should mark a turning point in how
politics was conducted in T&T.
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Deputy Police Commissioner (Crime) Mervyn
Richardson has been appointed to lead the inves-
tigation into the authenticity of e-mails read by
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley in the Par-
liament on Monday.
Acting Police Commissioner (CoP) Stephen
Williams told the T&T Guardian Richardson was
appointed yesterday morning, less than 24 hours
after the matter was brought to his attention by
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
During Monday s debate on the no-confidence
motion brought against Persad-Bissessar and her
Government by the Opposition, Rowley alleged
there was a sinister conspiracy by key government
ministers to deal with the fallout from the early
proclamation of Section 34.
Rowley produced a series of e-mails allegedly
emanating from addresses belonging to Persad-
Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and
other cabinet ministers referring to the Section
34 matter, which arose last September.
The e-mails also revealed alleged plans to offer
the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger
Gaspard a judgeship, and discussed the intimidation
of T&T Guardian reporter Denyse Renne, who
broke the story.
On his way to a function last evening, Williams
took a few minutes to assure that the matter would
be thoroughly investigated.
"DCP Richardson was assigned to conduct the
investigation today (yesterday)," he said.
Because of the nature of the matter and the
ramifications of the outcome of the probe, as well
as the time necessary to do proper investigations,
Williams said he was unable to say when it will
However, the acting CoP said: "Guiding him
along on the importance of the investigation,
which is now in the public domain, is the nation s
concern, as everyone is looking forward to the
outcome. DCP Richardson will be treating this as
a priority matter."
Williams could not say how much assistance
Richardson would require to carry out his inves-
tigations, but said: "The TTPS has competent
people throughout all aspects of the organisation,
including cyber crime. DCP Richardson is highly
trained, and at the FBI level as well."
Williams said Richardson was free to choose
officers to assist from wherever he felt necessary.
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'I cried to my
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Government Chief Whip Dr Roodal
Moonilal walked with a workman's gloves,
glasses and helmet, to Parliament
yesterday for his contribution. PHOTO:
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"I also saw an e-mail purportedly
addressed to the Prime Minister from the
Attorney General beginning My lady. But
the Attorney General doesn t talk like that.
I don t think he could talk like that. I don t
even think he would talk like that if you put
it on a piece of paper for him; he won t say
it---but that is how they concocted this mat-
"They also had an e-mail which alleges
the Prime Minister used foul language. So
you knew immediately this was not the
"That language doesn t emanate from
her. As provoked as she might be at the
time, those of us know the boundary of
that language and it is nowhere close to
"Then there s reference to someone
alleged to be a US embassy official and the
allegations were on September 10 in the e-
mail. But the gentleman arrived in T&T in
late November of the same year. So this was
a cut-and-paste job placed on a letter and
Noting that Rowley did not take the e-
mails to his colleagues, media or the author-
ities, Moonilal said although the e-mails
involved very serious allegations of a con-
spiracy to commit murder, illegal wiretaps
at the DPP s office and perverting the course
of justice, Rowley never took the matter to
the police even to try to protect anyone s
life.Rowley, who is expected to wind up debate
today, is expected to shed more light on the
e-mails, the PNM stated yesterday.
During a press conference at his Cabildo
Chambers office in Port-of-Spain yesterday,
Ramlogan challenged Rowley to engage him
in a public debate on the 31 "bogus" e-
mails he presented in Parliament on Mon-
Rowley let politics trump human life
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