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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar and Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan s apparent dismissal of
reports that a spying device was found
in the office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) is of grave con-
cern, says Opposition Leader Dr Keith
"If the office was determined to be
bugged, who would want to do this
and for what purpose?" he asked, indi-
cating these were the kinds of questions
the Government should be asking.
"It is wholly unacceptable for the
Government, especially the National
Security Council, to dismiss or ignore
information that the DPP s office was
"The National Security Council is
feigning ignorance that the DPP s office
could be penetrated by criminals.
"Even if there were no e-mails in
Parliament, this should be of great con-
"There is a need to get some clarity
on what happened or did not happen
at the DPP s office. So far, we ve only
had comments of, No comment. "
He said Persad-Bissessar was chair-
man of the National Security Council,
and Ramlogan a member of the council,
and both appeared to want to dismiss
the spying of the DPP s office story.
Rowley made the comments at his
bi-weekly press conference yesterday,
pointing to a T&T Guardian report last
Friday that an invisible infrared beam
used to transmit conversations had
been detected last November in the
conference room of the DPP s office in
the Winsure Building, Richmond Street.
"I would assume there was some
basis for the story being placed on the
front page," he commented.
Rowley said one of the controversial
e-mails he read in Parliament last week,
which appeared to implicate high gov-
ernment officials in corruption and
conspiracy, showed an interest in
obtaining information from the DPP s
office through bugs either to be planted
there or already there.
He also noted that acting Commis-
sioner of Police Stephen Williams had
said DPP Roger Gaspard made no report
to him, nor Deputy Commissioner of
Police Mervyn Richardson, about bug-
ging devices found in his office.
"I can t understand how the CoP
could be so far out of the way as not
to know if his officers stumbled on
Rowley said whoever found the
sophisticated laser spying device in the
office of the DPP in November last
year, it was not the Special Anti-Crime
Rowley said Sautt, set up under the
former PNM administration, was dis-
banded in August 2011, long before the
spy device was detected.
Quite likely, it was the Special Branch
division of the police, Rowley said.
He recalled when he moved into the
Leader of the Opposition s office on
Charles Street, Port-of-Spain, it was
the Special Branch that did the "req-
uisite cleansing" of the office.
in DPP's office
Ahead of yesterday s arrival of US Vice President
Joe Biden, T&T has ratified an agreement with the
US which governs the temporary presence of US
military/defence personnel in T&T for mutually
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) at 3.23
pm yesterday announced the ratification of the Status
of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with the US.
However, it was noted that this SOFA could not
be the basis for the establishment of an American
military base in T&T because it contemplates the
temporary presence of US personnel in T&T.
The OPM stated: "No provisions are made or
contemplated for the grant of facilities and areas to
be utilised by the US military on the territory of
"The SOFA agreement is intended to strengthen
the existing excellent relationship between Trinidad
and Tobago and the United States in matters of
national and regional security."
Biden accompanied by his wife Dr Jill Biden and
a large delegation arrived around 4 pm yesterday at
Piarco s South Terminal Building.
The OPM said the terms of the SOFA agreement
would only become operative and applicable to par-
ticular exercises in which both governments mutually
agree to engage.
Mutually agreed activities are defined in the SOFA
as "such activities for which the government of T&T
shall transmit its approval in writing through diplo-
matic channels to the United States authorities."
The OPM stated: "In accordance with international
practice, a determination on whether an action
occurred during the course of official duties is cus-
tomarily made by the relevant authorities of the
sending State s force who are in the best position
to define what constitutes official duties of the
members of that force.
"There is a provision in the current agreement
that permits T&T s Government to become involved
in such a determination. This enhances the scope
of involvement by T&T and diminishes the scope
for unilateral action by the United States.
"As in the case with the previous SOFA, for the
purpose of mutually agreed activities, US forces will
be designated under the Trinidad and Tobago Visiting
Forces Act, (Chapter 14:04) of T&T s law."
Apart from the SOFA ratification, today s pro-
gramme involving Biden deals with discussions with
Caricom leaders on regional security, trade, human
and social development and energy matters.
Prior to that he would pay courtesy calls this
morning on President Anthony Carmona and Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The US and Caricom delegations would be guests
of a luncheon hosted by the Prime Minister following
which leaders would speak at a media briefing.
Biden s delegation is scheduled to leave tomorrow
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley crowns
Laventille East/Morvant representative Abina
Quashie-Samuel after she won the PNM Sports
and Family Day 2013 queen show at Skinner,
Park, San Fernando, on Sunday.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
A QUEEN IS CROWNED
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