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The e-mails revealed by Rowley in Parliament
are purported to have come from addresses belong-
ing to Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan, Local Government and Works Minister
Suruj Rambachan and the PM s national security
adviser Gary Griffith.
The content highlights possible criminal actions
in a conspiracy on the Section 34 issue, including
the intimidation of a T&T Guardian reporter and
a move to offer Director of Public Prosecutions
Roger Gaspard a judgeship to get him out of the
DPP s office.
Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan and the Government
have denied any knowledge of the e-mails and have
maintained they were a fabrication on the part of
Rowley. Gaspard, who has since recused himself
from the matter, has led calls for the matter to be
investigated by an independent forensic team with
international expertise working in tandem with the
police. Several other people have also called for an
Rowley has maintained the matter should also
continue to be investigated by the Integrity Com-
mission, which received his file from former Pres-
ident George Maxwell Richards last November.
Rowley had first taken the file to Richards, then
the head of state, who, after reviewing it, forwarded
it to the Integrity Commission for authentication
of the e-mails and a probe of the complaint.
Rowley also revealed yesterday that the PNM
had continued to reorganise its machinery in time
for the upcoming by-election in the Chaguanas
West constituency and the local government elec-
tions. He also said the PNM had revised its con-
Former prime minister Patrick Manning was
noticeably absent from yesterday s event. His wife,
former education minister Hazel Manning, con-
firmed earlier in the day that they were not attending
the event. However, she declined to say why.
PNM party chairman Franklin Khan later said
the inclement weather was responsible for Manning
not attending. Manning suffered a stroke in January
2012. He spent six months abroad before returning
home. In February this year he was readmitted to
hospital after suffering a seizure. He continues to
be on leave from Parliament while he recovers.
In his Facebook page on Thursday, Manning also
called for an independent probe into the e-mail
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for 24th MAY, 2013
Political leader of the People s National
Movement (PNM) Dr Keith Rowley says
the Government is being forced to seek
international aid to investigate the con-
troversial e-mails which he raised in Par-
liament last week, because of public pres-
sure from the Opposition and the citizenry.
Speaking to reporters at the PNM s annual
Sports and Family Day at Skinner Park, San
Fernando, yesterday, Rowley said the reason
why the public was having a say in the
matter was because they believe the ongoing
investigation will not be free from govern-
ment interference. As such, he said people
may not have confidence in the process.
"The average person in T&T has asked
one question about whether they prefered
not to have known about these concerns
shown in the e-mails, and the majority are
saying that they are happy it was raised,"
"The other question we are asking is if
there should be an investigation and the
answer is yes. We also asked should that
investigation be independent of Government
and its agents and the answer is yes. "
In light of this, Rowley said, "The Gov-
ernment is being forced into a position to
accept that there must be an investigation
outside of the Government s control."
Asked if he thought it would not be a
proper investigation because acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams was in
charge, Rowley said: "I don t want to cast
any aspersions on the commissioner, but
I think there will not be confidence that it
would be done without government inter-
ference, so that is not a good thing."
Asked whether he wanted the Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan to recuse himself
from the matter, as severals of the e-mails
were purported to have come from an
address he owns, Rowley said: "The less
said about the AG is the better. I don t want
to engage him.
"People see him for what he is and every
time he opens his mouth he confirms that
he is not functioning as an AG but he is
a political zealot in whom we have no con-
With regard to the latest Market Facts
and Opinion poll, which showed the PNM
was gaining in popularity, Rowley said this
was not surprising.
He said: "A poll is a snapshot in time.
Poll or no poll, we are a long way away
from where we were in 2010." Rowley said
the PNM was currently reorganising its
"We are reconnecting with the public,
reorganising our policies and programmes,
recruiting new people and with a little help
from our friends in the Government, every-
thing will be alright," he said.
PNM party chairman Franklin Khan also
said he was happy that the PNM was gain-
ing momentum, as shown by the MFO
"We feel it on the ground that we are
one point ahead of them (PP) in the build-
up to the election. While we are happy for
that, we know that we still have a lot of
work to do," Khan said.
He said the People s Partnership Gov-
ernment had "a lot of money to pelt into
the upcoming local government elections."
"We are fighting the election on issues
of governance. We are putting infrastructure
in place and we have already screened ten
out of the 14 corporations. We want to put
our candidates on the road very early and
do the hard work that is necessary to bring
home victory," Khan said.
On the e-mails fiasco, Khan said that
the electronic footprint would remain and
the e-mails would be easily verified as evi-
dence, as they would be lodged on the
TSTT, Google or Hotmail servers.
Rowley: Public pressure building in e-mail scandal
'Govt being forced
to seek foreign help'
Members of the
Princes Town team go
through their paces
during the march past
at the PNM's Annual
Sport and Family Day
at Skinner Park, San
KRISTIAN DE SILVA
PNM'S ANNUAL SPORT AND FAMILY DAY
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