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The e-mails were purported to have been sent
from the e-mail addresses email@example.com,
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, captaingary-
firstname.lastname@example.org and surujrambachan@hot-
Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan and other government officials have all
denied any knowledge of the e-mails.
The bug at the DPP s office was discovered after
Gaspard received a tip-off and arranged for his
office to be swept for spying and bugging devices
by highly-qualified IT experts.
The IT experts detected beams that showed a
laser was being used to spy on the DPP s con-
versations. One of the IT specialists who was part
of the exercise revealed, "They detected certain
rays that showed a laser was being used to spy
on the DPP.
"Someone can stay from the Port-of-Spain
International Waterfront Centre and once they
have a straight line of sight, and using the laser
device, the conversations of the DPP can be heard."
The T&T Guardian understands the find sent
shockwaves through the DPP s office and steps
have been taken since then to conduct frequent
independent security sweeps of the building to
ensure it is clean of such devices.
Friday, May 24, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Ramlogan scoffs at
calls to step down
for 23rd MAY, 2013
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan says
he has no intention of stepping down while
the police investigate the e-mail scandal
raised in Parliament this week by Oppo-
sition Leader Dr Keith Rowley.
He also said the only lawful authority to
investigate the commission of a criminal
offence was the Police Service.
"My back strong. I know what I have to
do it," he said at yesterday post-Cabinet
There have been several calls for Ramlogan
to step aside while the police probe the
DCP Mervyn Richardson is heading a six-
man investigative team, but Rowley has said
he has no confidence in Richardson and
prefers an independent unit.
Yesterday, in response to calls for him to
step aside, Ramlogan said he was "quite
happy to remain where I am...an investi-
gation will take place. I don t care who
investigates it...it could be God, it will not
change the fact that what he (Rowley) read
in Parliament was not an e-mail thread."
He added: "It is bogus, fictitious and a
complete fabrication that was designed to
drive a wedge between the Government,
the DPP, the Chief Justice and to assassinate
the character of the PM and the AG."
The e-mails presented by Rowley were
purported to have come from addresses
belonging to senior government officials,
including Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan and
Local Government and Works Minister Suruj
Rambachan. They have all denied any
knowledge of the e-mails, which discussed
tampering with the judiciary and a T&T
Guardian journalist who broke the Section
34 story last September.
Ramlogan said the commission can only
investigate violations of the Integrity in
Public Life Act and its jurisdiction did not
extend beyond that.
"They can t investigate the possible com-
mission of criminal offences in general or
a conspiracy to commit a crime...Those
things fall under the jurisdiction of the Police
Service," he said.
He said Rowley was seeking to demoralise
the police and that was most unfortunate.
He pointed out the officers probing the
matter could request specialist investigators
to assist them.
Ramlogan said one also had to be careful
that the "only legally constituted entity to
conduct such investigations" was not under-
mined in the process. While admitting no
external agency could investigate a criminal
offence in this country, Ramlogan said the
CoP could authorise a foreign expert to
assist without Cabinet s approval.
Pupils of the St Gabriel's Girls' RC pray on bended knees during their first communion service at Our Lady of Perpetual Help RC
Church, San Fernando, yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
A laser microphone is a surveillance device that
uses a laser beam to detect sound vibrations in a
distant object. Wikipedia says this technology can
be used to eavesdrop with minimal chance of
The object is typically inside a room where a
conversation is taking place, and can be anything
that can vibrate (for example, a picture on a wall)
in response to the pressure waves created by
noises in the room.
The laser beam is directed into the room
through a window, reflects off the object and
returns to a receiver that converts the beam to
an audio signal. The beam may also be bounced
off the window itself. The minute differences in
the distance travelled by the light as it reflects
from the vibrating object are electronically
converted to signals that can be converted back
to sound. Source: Wikipedia
Hi-tech laser device
had long range
HOW A LASER SURVEILLANCE
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