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Former minister in the Ministry of
National Security, attorney Subhas Panday,
is questioning whether the police Cyber
Crime Unit has the capability to investigate
the e-mail scandal raised in Parliament by
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
Panday s comments came days after Row-
ley read the 31 e-mails in Parliament.
Asked if he believed the allegations were
true, Panday said he did not know. However,
he said Rowley was reckless if he did not
verify the authenticity of the information.
"Rowley attacked the judiciary, he attacked
the free press, an institution which the Con-
stitution protects...He attacked cabinet min-
isters with an allegation which is tantamount
to conspiracy to murder," he said.
"These are serious allegations and anyone
would have thought that someone who has
that kind of information would have checked
the authenticity of the source by using what-
ever expertise we have."
He noted that such information, if true,
could easily bring down the Government.
"In this fight, there is no draw...Somebody
must hit the floor," Panday.
"If Rowley s attack was deliberate and
even if he was reckless, he should resign
because he has brought not only himself,
his party, the Parliament, Government and
all the people of T&T into disrepute, if those
e-mails were fraudulent."
He also called for a review of parliamen-
tary rules to prevent character assassina-
"There are fanatics on both sides making
statements and the time has come for us
to deal with this," he said.
"It is dangerous and maybe the rules of
Parliament have to change. The freedom of
parliamentary privilege is not a licence to
bring the Parliament into disrepute. It is
freedom of speech to represent constituents.
"It is meant to champion your cause but
not to scandalise and bring Parliament into
ridicule, hate and scorn. The Standing Orders
need to be reviewed forthwith."
He added that the country would go into
a tailspin if the e-mails were authentic.
Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams, who appointed a team to probe
the e-mails, said there had already been a
lot of investigations involving cyber security,
but could not say whether there had ever
been any charges or convictions for cyber
Acting Insp Sylvester, who is head of the
Cyber Crime Unit, was not available for
comment and did not respond to messages
left for him.
A Cpl Smith at police headquarters said
the telephone contact numbers for the
cyberspace unit were not accessible to the
Former president of the Media Association
Dale Enoch, head of news at radio station
i95.5, called for an independent investigation
into the e-mail exposé.
He said, "The police have started inves-
tigating now but I would feel a lot better
if we get an independent team to probe this
because a lot is at stake."
He said the country still did not know if
the e-mails were authentic.
"If it is true, it would be a frightening
reality for us as journalists which could push
some of us in the direction of self-censor-
ship," he said.
"Some journalists may be fearful of prac-
tising our craft, and we cannot allow that
to happen. We have a vibrant media in T&T
and it would take more than that to make
us cower, but there are some who may bow
under such pressure."
He said politicians would always make
attempts to control the media.
Speciality computer/cyber crime expertise
should be involved in any probe of the e-mails
revealed in Parliament by Opposition Leader
Keith Rowley, says Foreign Affairs Minister
Dookeran was speaking during yesterday s
debate on the no-confidence motion brought by
Rowley against the Government.
Rowley piloted the motion---that the Govern-
ment was undermining T&T s institutions---on
the basis of several e-mails alleged to be from
the addresses of the Prime Minister and other
high People s Partnership officials.
Yesterday, Dookeran said he didn t recognise
that Cabinet had taken any deliberate action to
undermine local institutions.
He said the evidence brought by the PNM
involved conversations purported to have taken
place among government members, and it would
have to be ascertained if this was authentic or
was a bogus piece of information spread by those
who wanted to perpetuate public perception on
the Section 34 issue.
Dookeran said he shared the view of his Con-
gress of the People (COP) colleague Prakash
Ramadhar that there were consequences either
way. He said it was assumed this was taken into
consideration "before one used three days of
parliamentary debate or what I consider much
ado about little."
He added: "If it is in fact bogus, then clearly
there are serious consequences and therefore we
must get to the very truth of this situation."
Dookeran said MPs must recognise that in
bringing things to Parliament there must be con-
"We must not just use these occasions to be
completely frivolous," he said. "So I assume the
Opposition Leader has had the experience to
understand the implications of what he s done
and understands the seriousness of the allega-
He said the Prime Minister s immediate
response to refer the issue to the police was the
most appropriate one, since the matter could
not be ignored. (Gail Alexander)
adviser to the Prime
Minister Gary Griffith
says Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley abused
in his no-confidence
motion against the PM.
Griffith said so in
statement while Rowley
was winding up the
debate yesterday. He
claimed his name had
been slandered by Row-
"As a public official, I
understand that there
will be instances where
I will be publicly chal-
and scrutinised," he said.
"However, I am deeply
concerned when such
scrutiny becomes slan-
derous, with wild claims
being made by parlia-
mentarians, without a
shred of evidential sup-
port, and being afforded
live airtime to do
irreparable damage to the
reputation of citizens
who reside outside the
Subhas on e-mail scandal:
Somebody must hit the floor Dookeran: Use
cyber experts to
measures should be put
in place to allow mem-
bers of the public to seek
redresss in instances
In a similar press
release on Tuesday
evening, Griffith dared
Rowley to repeat his
statements outside Par-
liament. In that e-mail,
Griffith denied the
statements made by
Rowley and said the e-
mails were a hoax.
"I categorically deny
all baseless statements
made by the Opposition
Leader and I further
challenge him to make
such statements outside
the halls of Parliament."
Griffith was also crit-
ical of Rowley s decision
not to name the whis-
tle-blower who gave
him the collection of
which formed the basis
of his no-confidence
motion. He described
this action as "untenable
and inexcusably mali-
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privilege says Griffith
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