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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley will
be interviewed today, May 28, by Deputy
Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richard-
Making the disclosure at his bi-weekly
news conference at Opposition House on
Charles Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday
Rowley said his office had received com-
munication from Richardson indicating he
would like to interview the Opposition
"I indicated I would be available to speak
to him tomorrow," Rowley said.
The interview is part of a police inves-
tigation, headed by Richardson, into the
controversial e-mails which Rowley read in
Parliament implicating Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan and Local Government Minister
Dr Surujrattan Rambachan in possible cor-
ruption and conspiracy.
Rowley, in reading out the e-mails, report-
edly obtained by a whistleblower, had said
they were sent to him six months ago.
From indications, however, it does not
appear Richardson will get anything new
from the Opposition Leader.
"I am keen to find out what Richardson
wants to talk to me about. I have said all
there is to say in Parliament," Rowley told
He repeated his lack of confidence in
Richardson which stemmed, he claimed,
from the Deputy Commissioner s co-oper-
ation with the Government in the alleged
2011 plot to assassinate the PM, for which
no evidence was found.
The police investigation into the e-mails
follows a request from the PM that they
should investigate their authenticity.
Asked if he was secure the information
in the e-mails was valid, Rowley said, "I
am not secure. If I was, I would have
demanded at the very outset the resignation
of the Government."
He said he exposed the e-mails because
they contained certain elements that seemed
to corroborate facts already in existence.
Noting he is "quite prepared to assist any
officer in his investigation," Rowley drew
attention to acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams reported recent statement
that the investigation would progress accord-
ing to the availability of people for inter-
"I am disturbed that office-holders may
not be available for interviews," Rowley said.
"The investigation should be dispensed with
Rowley repeated his conviction that the
Integrity Commission has the power to hire
investigators and conduct unimpeded inves-
tigations into those in public life.
The Integrity Commission was set up
to regulate the conduct of people exercising
public functions through the receipt of
declarations of income, assets and liabil-
Asked about this by a reporter, Rowley
told him the question showed he was not
familiar with Section V of the Integrity in
Public Life Act, which gives the commission
the power to investigate violations or sus-
pected violation in all its forms.
Rowley said some members of the media
seem influenced by the Government s line
of thought that a police investigation and
an Integrity Commission investigation were
the same thing.
"The Government is mortally afraid the
investigation could go where the flow is.
That s why they are attempting to mislead
you about the powers of the Integrity Com-
He said the commission, "more than
office-holders beholden to the Government",
had the powers to get the required inde-
pendent skills to investigate the e-mails.
The term of the commission s board
ended on March 14 and there is no board
at present. Only a chairman, Kenneth Gor-
don, is in place.
Rowley said without a quorum, the com-
mission cannot initiate an investigation.
He said Ramlogan, answering a question
in Parliament earlier this month on the $40
million paid to an "A-Team" of attorneys,
said the Anti-Corruption Bureau was still
investigating the Landate matter involving
"This was news to me. Ten years have
passed and no police officer has ever inter-
viewed me or my wife."
Charging the Government is "always
bringing up the Landate matter for political
mileage," Rowley called on Williams to say
what he knew about the investigation.
The Landate matter involved the allegation
that materials were siphoned from the Scar-
borough Hospital project to the private Lan-
date housing project owned by Rowley s
Rowley to talk with
Police have declined to comment on whether
former president George Maxwell Richards should
have sent Opposition Leader Keith Rowley s e-mails
to the police when Rowley gave the material to
Richards six months ago.
Richards forwarded them to the Integrity Com-
mission in March this year.
When the T&T Guardian contacted Richards last
week on the e-mails, he briefly confirmed he had
passed them to the Integrity Commission for authen-
tication and to see if there was anything to probe
under integrity law.
There was no further comment from Richards
Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar, on hearing
Rowley s e-mails in Parliament last Monday afternoon,
sent the issue to the police before that afternoon s
Parliament session ended. The issue is now being
probed by police.
PNM PRO Faris Al-Rawi said yesterday, "It would
be improper for us to say what the former head of
state should or should not have done, as he is the
highest office-holder in T&T. PNM is concentrating
on its priority that Dr Rowley, in presenting his
motion, took the issue directly to Parliament. That
was the only way for us to urge attention on it."
Police public affairs officer ASP Joanne Archie said
given that a police probe had started, she didn t think
police would respond on queries such as whether
Richards should have given the material to them.
Archie and the police hierarchy said all aspects of
the matter were being thoroughly investigated.
Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams
told the T&T Guardian the police Cyber-Crime Unit
which is over six years old, comprised people who
had been trained in the US, UK, Korea and other
parts of the world.
Noting strides by police in reducing 2013 serious
crime by 37 per cent from the 2012 figure---which
Williams said had never been done before in T&T---
he also said every member of his police executive at
DCP level holds a master s degree and more.
Saying the police had up-to-date technology to
deal with cyber-crime, Williams said DCP Mervyn
Richardson, who is heading the e-mail probe, and
ACP Glen Hackett, also on the probe, are both FBI-
trained. He said Richardson hasn t reached retirement
age, as some claim. GA
E-mails will be
National Security Minister Emmanuel George
has agreed to meet with Chief Secretary of the
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Orville London
to discuss security concerns in Tobago.
A statement from the THA said yesterday, respond-
ing to London s letter dated May 21, George said after
relevant discussions with the Commissioner of Police
he would be in contact with London to determine
a suitable date for the meeting.
The release said London also wrote Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar last week reminding her of
a commitment to have quarterly non-crisis meetings
to discuss issues which could lead to "the promotion
of harmony in the affairs of Trinidad and Tobago".
Among the issues he wanted discussed was the
process for the granting of internal self-governance
However, according to the statement London says
he has not yet received a reply from the Prime Min-
ister. The two last met on February 22.
to meet London
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