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Saying that during the interview Richardson was
"waving e-mail information" Al-Rawi said: "He
(Richardson) asked whether the piece of paper in
his hand, which he waved, was the original copy.
"I asked him what did he mean an original copy
and I asked him where he got that from...He told
me got it from the Prime Minister.
"I cannot understand how DCP Richardson
would have been satisfied to have received
something from the Prime Minister. That is not
Al-Rawi also accused the police of leaking
sensitive information about the probe to the
media, adding that the investigation was
"poisoned at the very root."
He also questioned Richardson's capability,
adding he was not the man to carry out the probe.
"This is a prejudice of the investigation in a most
fatal way," he said.
"An investigation must be done on a structured
and disciplined basis. The minute you go on a
fishing expedition you are on dangerous footing
because you have gone beyond the parameters of
Rowley was asked by police officers on Tuesday
to hand over his computer. He told them he was
willing to assist with the investigations, but also
asked the police to put in writing the basis for
their request, Al-Rawi said.
He added that Rowley never told the police he
would not hand over his computer to them, as was
reported in the Express yesterday.
Al-Rawi said during the interview, Insp Sylvester
asked Rowley whether he would be willing to hand
over his computer. At that point, Rowley did ask
the police whether he was the subject of an
"The response from DCP Richardson was Dr
Rowley was not under any investigation. But Insp
Sylvester's point was Dr Rowley would want to
show he had nothing to hide," Al Rawi said.
"Dr Rowley indicated he would be willing to
assist in any regard."
Richardson, he added, then said he would write
to Rowley, following which Rowley urged
Richardson to do so expeditiously. He said since
sensitive information about the probe was now in
the public domain, it raised questions about the
efficiency of the police and confidentiality.
"The statements by DCP's Richardson team
could only be coming out of that camp," he added,
noting it was only after the media contacted him,
that he had to clarify what occurred at the
meeting because of its inaccuracy.
He maintained that justice in this now
controversial matter could only be served by
bringing in foreign experts.
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Public relations officer of the People s
National Movement, Senator Faris Al-
Rawi, yesterday said Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley had more reason to fear
for the integrity of the police probe into
the e-mail fiasco, after his initial interview
with the police earlier this week.
He said the police did not seem to be act-
ing independently in the matter.
To support his argument, Al-Rawi played
part of the interview involving Rowley and
the police to members of the media.
Al-Rawi, who is Rowley s attorney, was
in the interview, which was headed by
Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn
Richardson. Also present were Supt Nanan,
Insp Sylvester and WPC Maynard-Wilson.
The interview was conducted at the
Opposition s office and Dr Rowley was the
first to be interviewed.
Following is the excerpt of the interview
Al-Rawi played, when Sylvester asked Row-
ley if the police could look at his comput-
: My computer? What for?
Sylvester: It is just a matter of checking
and ensuring that all was well to clear his
(Rowley s) good name.
: Why is his (Rowley s) name in
Sylvester: I am not saying that his name
is in question. I am just saying...
: May I answer that question? As
and when you provide a basis as to why he
should do that we would be willing to con-
Richardson: It s just that in the context
that it have this e-mails...electronic...
: As and when you provide that
information we would consider it.
: Just remember the last thing I
told you. In the event that I find myself
under investigation I will most certainly co-
operate with any request that you may want
to make of me. If that is determined that
I am under investigation.
I still remain a Member of Parliament
who took an issue to the Parliament. If it
is that I am under investigation then you
: What do you anticipate the time
span for your investigation to involve?
Richardson: Because of what the issues
that are involved here and the seriousness
of the allegations, I think it is necessary that
we move with alacrity to have this done.
To that extent---I can t say in a week or two
weeks---but once we have the co-operation
and the goodwill of persons willing to assist
: In assisting you when computer
information is taken, as you may or may
not write to Dr Rowley for that request, who
will be organising that information?
Richardson: We have experts on the matter
and we may or may not seek external advice.
: My advice to you is if you need
to make a request of me and that request
is in writing, do it as quickly as possible. If
the request is made today you will get a
response today...as soon as we get something
in writing I will respond.
: We will look at it as quickly as
we can. While my leader is this quick to
answer, I, as counsel, like the benefit of
reflection. (See Page A5)
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has asked us to correct an error in a story published on Page 6 on Wednesday.
A spokesman for Mr Ramlogan pointed out that in answering a question filed by the Opposition in the Senate on the commission of
enquiry into the 1990 attempted coup, the AG said he would have no difficulty in revealing the amount paid to commissioner Dr Hafizool
Mohammed if a question were filed to elicit that information.
However, the AG told the Senate he did not have a breakdown of the individual amounts paid, as those details had not been sought in
reply to that particular question. Our apologies for any confusion or embarrassment caused.
GETTING IT RIGHT
Rowley fears for
integrity of probe
After first interview with cops...
now only way to go
Contacted yesterday, DCP Richardson said
he "would leave all the talking" up to Rowley.
He added, however, that Rowley was
made aware during the interview that the
police might want to examine his computer.
The senior cop said Rowley was not being
targeted, adding that other people were also
expected to be interviewed next week.
"The investigation is going on. We are
talking to other people apart from Dr
Rowley and we would be writing to him,"
PNM senator Faris Al-Rawi shows members of the media his iPad containing an audio
recording of Dr Keith Rowley's meeting with DCP Mervyn Richardson during a press
conference at the office of the Leader of the Opposition in Port-of-Spain, yesterday.
PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE
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