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Government and Opposition offi-
cials have indicated their willing-
ness to be interviewed by the police
concerning the "E-mailgate" probe.
Acting Police Commissioner
Stephen Williams has also said the
police will secure any and all expert-
ise it needs for the investigation.
The e-mails were produced by
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
last Monday in Parliament.
The e-mails are purported to have
come from addresses belonging to
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan, Local Government Min-
ister Suruj Rambachan and the PM s
National Security Adviser Gary Grif-
fith. The content alleges criminal
actions in a conspiracy on the Section
34 issue, extending to the intimida-
tion of a reporter.
Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan and
the Government have all denied any
knowledge of the e-mails and have
maintained they were a fabrication
on the part of Rowley.
Director of Public Prosecutions
Roger Gaspard, who was also named
in the e-mails, subsequently said
any proper and thorough probe of
the matter "should inevitably involve
the questioning of the individuals
named in the e-mails" among others,
and it should also involve the services
of "universally heralded and credible
professionals" in such matters.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, co-operating with the
probe, repeated on Friday that she
was very willing to hand over her
BlackBerry cellphone, laptop, iPad
or any other computer devices to
help in the probe. At last Friday s
PP rally in Chaguanas, she also
stressed she was open to having the
matter investigated by any agency
or body apart from the Police Serv-
ice.Yesterday, Griffith said he too was
ready to co-operate with the police.
"I m also willing to be interviewed
by police, but no one has contacted
me yet. I m awaiting word from
probers and I fully intend to hand
over my cellphone, computer, etc,
that may be required for them to
check," Griffith told the T&T
Rambachan pointed out he had
said he would make all necessary
equipment available. He stressed it
would also include his e-mail
account and "everything else" the
police needed from him to do their
work on the issue.
Ramlogan said he too had said he
would make his equipment and
whatever else was necessary available
When contacted yesterday PNM
PRO Faris Al-Rawi said his leader
was also ready to co-operate with
"Dr Rowley stands immediately
available to assist the investigation
which he s called for," Al-Rawi said.
He repeated PNM calls for a new
Integrity Commission to be appoint-
ed quickly and to continue acting
on probing the matter. He also said
foreign entities must be involved in
the probe through various mecha-
Williams told the T&T Guardian
on Saturday it was a given that the
police would secure any and all
expertise that would be required to
investigate the matter.
"As e-mail providers are generally
US-based, we ll seek and obtain all
necessary help to access data from
providers," said Williams.
He also pointed out that deputy
Police Commissioner Mervyn
Richardson, who heads the probe,
and ACP Glen Hackett, also on the
six-man team, are both FBI-trained.
Police questioned the vice-
principal of a primary school in
San Fernando over the weekend,
after a pupil reported that he
had fondled her.
The girl s mother made a report
to police on Friday after the child
made the shocking disclosure.
Investigators said around 10
am during the recess break, the
vice-principal reportedly stopped
the Standard Five pupil in the
library and cautioned her about
her behaviour. The student said
the school official then took her
to another part of the library and
began fondling her.
The student, who wrote the
SEA exams a few weeks ago, was
subsequently taken to the San
Fernando Police Station by her
mother, where she made a report.
A medical examination revealed
that her hymen was intact.
Police later went to the home
of the vice-principal and took
him in for questioning. He has
not yet been charged.
WPC Clement of the San Fer-
nando Police Station is continuing
Calls to the cellular phone of
education Minister Dr Tim
Gopeesingh went unanswered.
The nation can expect an update on the progress
of the police investigation into the controversial e-
mails which allege wrongdoing by senior-ranked
government officials, later this week, Deputy Police
Commissioner (DCP) Mervyn Richardson, said yes-
Richardson, the man appointed by acting Com-
missioner of Police Stephen Williams to head the six-
man team spearheading the probe, said they will also
be aiming to complete the probe quickly.
"We are moving with rapid pace to complete this
investigation," Richardson told the T&T Guardian.
Pressed to reveal details surrounding the investi-
gation, Richardson declined to comment on whether
any computers, cellphones or other items had been
seized from Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar,
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Local Government
and Works Minister Suruj Rambachan and the PM s
National Security Advisor Gary Griffith, all of whom
have denied any knowledge of the e-mails.
However, Richardson promised the media would
be kept abreast of what was taking place.
Richardson was appointed by Williams to determine
the authenticity of e-mails released by Opposition
Leader Dr Keith Rowley in the Parliament last Mon-
Rowley produced a series of e-mails allegedly bearing
the addresses of the Prime Minister and other high-
ranking party officials in which the Section 34 matter,
which arose last September, was discussed among
Asked yesterday if Rowley had already been inter-
viewed, Richardson said, "I cannot run the investigation
in the media."
Pressed to say if he was seriously considering the
advice from Williams and Gaspard for foreign inves-
tigative agencies to assist local police, Richardson said,
"We are discussing the matter and it is under active
consideration. A decision will be made shortly."
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