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May 26, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
Former attorney general Ramesh
Lawrence Maharaj has written to
Chargé d Affaires of the US Embassy
in T&T, Thomas Smitham, over the
contents of e-mails produced in Par-
liament last week.
Maharaj told Smitham that if the
contents of the e-mails were accurate
and authentic, serious questions would
arise as to whether the conduct referred
to therein amounted to a conspiracy to
frustrate extradition proceedings for
people who were to be sent from T&T
to the US.
He said such a conspiracy would be
a federal criminal offence punishable
in the US under federal law.
The two-page letter penned on Friday
stated, "Having regard to the passionate
commitment which the Government
of the United States of America has
demonstrated in its fight against organ-
ised crime, I believe the government
would therefore be interested in the
serious issues which were raised in the
e-mails made available to the Parlia-
ment of Trinidad and Tobago."
Maharaj urged the US government
to consider whether the contents of
the e-mails were sufficiently important
for it and its relevant agencies, including
the Federal Bureau of Investigations,
He added, "Having regard to the
great public importance of this matter,
I am treating this letter as an open let-
"I am respectfully requesting you to
have the contents of this letter brought
to the attention of the President of the
United States of America, President
Barack Obama, and to the attention of
the Secretary of State, the Honourable
Mr John Kerry."
Ramesh to US Chargé d'Affaires:
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
No instructions were given to Com-
munity Environmental Protection
Enhancement Programme (Cepep)
workers to attend Friday s rally held
by the People s Partnership in celebra-
tion of its third anniversary.
This was the confirmation given by
Cepep chairman Adesh Deonarine.
In a brief telephone interview yes-
terday, Deonarine said workers were free
to do whatever they wanted after their
On Thursday night at a People s
National Movement meeting in San
Juan, Opposition Chief Whip Marlene
McDonald claimed that Cepep workers
and workers in the Unemployment Relief
Programme were instructed to gather
at Mid Centre Mall, Chaguanas, from
Deonarine said he hadn t heard
McDonald s claim, but dismissed it.
He said working hours were from 6
were entitled to go wherever they chose.
"No instructions were given to any
worker to forcefully attend the rally,"
The truth will prevail over the
controversial and damning e-
mails which were produced in the
Parliament last week.
Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan said the e-mails were
"bogus" and "a fabrication."
After Director of Public Prose-
cutions Roger Gaspard, SC, spoke
out on the issue for the first time
on Friday, Ramlogan said yesterday
he too had called for international
experts to investigate the matter.
He was speaking at the re-
enactment of Indian Arrival Day
at Nelson Island.
Ramlogan said, "I don t care if
the Integrity Commission inves-
tigates it, I don t care if the Police
Service investigates it, I don t care
if the FBI, the Secret Service, the
CIA...it doesn t matter who inves-
tigates it, the truth will not change
and the truth is that piece of paper
is a fabrication, it is bogus."
He said the Integrity Commis-
sion, in its jurisdiction, was limited
to a breach of the Integrity in Pub-
lic Life Act and the allegations
went far beyond the ambit and
scope of the Integrity in Public
He said, "They relate to serious
criminal offences and therefore the
police service should be the one
to conduct a police investigation."
I don't care who investigates it
Former attorney general Ramesh
to attend rally
Vocalist Glenda Collens brings down the power with Ella
Andall's classic song at the Majesty Live concert at Queen's
Hall, St Ann's, on Friday night. PHOTO: BRIAN NG FATT
POWER OF MUSIC
AG says e-mails bogus...
The La Horquetta/Talparo
executive of the People s Nation-
al Movement (PNM) is calling
for the referral of Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar to the
Privileges Committee of Parlia-
The executive said Persad-
Bissessar deliberately misled the
House of Representatives when
she told Parliament on May 22
that the Integrity in Public Life
Act did not provide for the inves-
tigation of the controversial e-
mails disclosed by Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley, to be
investigated by the Integrity
A statement said, "This exec-
utive stands fully in support of
the PNM s political leader who,
in his motion of no-confidence
delivered last Monday May 20,
exposed a level of corruption in
high places that demands a full,
independent and impartial inves-
tigation, using the wide powers
entrusted by the Integrity in Pub-
lic Life Act."
It added that support for such
an investigation came from two
former presidents of the Law
Association, senior counsels Dana
Seetahal and Martin Daly. It also
came from former attorney gen-
eral Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj.
"The executive notes that the
government is steadfastly refusing
to allow such an investigation."
The executive claimed the PM
used her legal standing to delib-
erately mislead the Parliament
and the national community into
believing that the law did not
allow for such action.
PNM group: Refer Kamla
to Privileges Committee
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