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Local Government and Works
and Infrastructure Minister Dr
Suruj Rambachan yesterday
defended the T&T Police Service
as he dismissed Opposition calls
for independent foreign investi-
gators to probe the controversial
e-mails revealed in Parliament
He said the officers had already
written to him indicating their
intention to question him and to
access his cellphone and other
devices in the matter.
During a news conference yes-
terday, PNM Senator Faris Al-Rawi
called for a foreign independent
probe of the e-mails after raising
issues about the integrity of the
six-man police probing team.
In an immediate response at his
Tabaquite constituency s Indian
Arrival Day-Curry Duck and Tassa
Competition at Surprise Recreation
Ground, Gasparillo, yesterday,
Rambachan dismissed the call.
"I think that the Police Service
has demonstrated that they are
capable of being independent and
they have been independent...They
do their work without fear or
favour," he said.
"The Police Service have arrested
politicians in the past, they have
taken politicians to court, it is there.
I do not see why they (the Oppo-
sition) are suddenly afraid that the
Police Service cannot do an inde-
"It is very unfortunate that the
Leader of the Opposition is
expressing such unfavourable com-
ments about the Trinidad and
Tobago Police Service."
Last Monday, Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley unveiled the 31
contentious e-mails in the House.
The contents of the e-mails
allegedly exposed a criminal con-
spiracy by high office-holders to
discredit and physically harm a
journalist who broke the Section
34 story, to offer the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP) a judge-
ship to get him out of office and
to accept payment from an
unnamed person in exchange for
freedom in relation to the Section
The e-mails were purported to
be from addresses belonging to the
PM, Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan, Local Government and
Works and Transport Minister
Suruj Rambachan and national
security adviser to the PM, Gary
Persad-Bissessar and her Gov-
ernment have denied any knowl-
edge of the e-mails, but the PM
wrote to acting Commissioner of
Police Stephen Williams, asking
that it be probed. Williams in turn
mandated Richardson to head the
Yesterday, Rambachan, said the
police had sent him a letter
requesting his personal computer
and his BlackBerry smartphone.
He said has no objection to com-
plying with the police request.
"I will respond to the letter on
Monday and I will make myself
available, as well as provide, as I
said in my Parliamentary contri-
bution, my personal computer and
my BlackBerry phone for them,"
"They have asked me to provide
them access so they can see e-
mails between September 1 and
September 30, 2012, and that is
something I will do. I have no
problems with that."
The Tabaquite MP said Rowley s
recent actions clearly show "he
(Rowley) does not really have a leg
to stand on.
"It does not matter who are the
investigators are, whether they are
local or they are foreign or wher-
ever," he said.
"The fact is it was a fabrication
and Dr Rowley is the one who
should really be under investigation
in this matter."
The minister said Rowley has to
take responsibility for what he said
and cannot use the "cloak of Par-
liament" to make allegations.
"It seems to me that Dr Rowley
has run into a bit of trouble and
he is suffering from self-inflicted
wounds," he said.
Rambachan also welcomed the
announcement that the Parliamen-
tary Privileges Committee will be
meeting on Monday to deliberate
on Rowley s statements during the
no-confidence motion last Monday
in the House of Representatives.
Ricardo Scott, of the Duck Blazzers crew, minces seasoning on a sill at the Indian Arrival Day Curry Duck and
Tassa Competition the at Surprise Recreational Ground, Gasparillo, yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Suruj: Cops have requested my devices
It was a case of déjà vu for Siparia
couple Merrill Auguste and Anamica
Samlal yesterday, after they were
forced to deliver their baby girl,
Myra, in an ambulance on the road-
This time around, however,
Auguste was not the one who deliv-
ered the baby, it was a trained Emer-
gency Medical Technician (EMT).
Two years ago, Auguste, 39, of
Siparia, was forced to deliver his
daughter Maryanne, now two, in the
backseat of his car while they were
parked in Scotiabank s Penal branch.
Speaking from her bed at the San
Fernando General Hospital yesterday,
Samlal admitted she was "scared"
during her delivery.
"I thought I was going to have the
baby in the same car again," she said.
Auguste said the couple faced a
nightmare yesterday when Samlal
went into labour at their Siparia home
around 2 am, adding she should not
have delivered the baby in the ambu-
lance. The father of two called on
the South West Regional Health
Authority to investigate why his wife
had to undergo an ordeal to get assis-
tance at the Siparia Health Centre.
He said his wife began experiencing
contractions and he contacted the
Emergency Health Service (EHS) and
was told they had to wait for an
ambulance from Princes Town.
Auguste said he lives four blocks away
from the health centre and questioned
why an ambulance was not dis-
patched from there instead of Princes
He said he was told not to move
his wife until the ambulance arrived,
some 45 minutes later.
When the couple arrived at the
health centre, Samlal was placed on
a bed and a female doctor checked
her. He said he subsequently had to
monitor his wife s contractions
because no one was paying attention
to her and the contractions were
drawing closer to each other. He com-
plained that a male doctor then
instructed him to drive his wife to
the hospital himself.
"The doctor told me that they not
equipped to deal with a delivery or
to monitor the contractions," he said.
The doctor came and he told me
it is two to three hours before any-
thing happen, we have plenty time
for the baby. There were two ambu-
lances parked in the health centre
and they tell me I had enough time
to take her to the hospital."
Auguste, an amputee who lost his
left leg in a car accident, said he left
the health centre with his wife
screaming in pain. He went to the
Siparia Police Station but an officer
there told him there was nothing he
could do. The couple then drove to
Penal Police Station where a constable
assisted them and contacted the
ambulance. He said at this point
Samlal s contractions were one
At 3.50 am, the ambulance arrived
at the Penal Police Station.
"When we got to Debe market,
half a mile away, they had to pull
over and she had to deliver the baby
there," Auguste said.
"The time frame the doctor gave
us was wrong, within an hour s time
the baby came and he said we had
ample time to get to the hospital.
This could have been avoided. This
was traumatising for her."
Contacted yesterday, South West
Regional Health Authority CEO, Anil
Gosine, said he could not properly
comment until he got a full report
on the situation.
"I know that in emergencies we
can deliver in Siparia (Health Centre),
I do not know if there were compli-
cations. I will have to get a report
from the health facility s manager,"
CASANDRA THOMPSON -- FORBES
Tobago East Member of Parliament
Vernella Alleyne-Toppin and current
chairman of the Tobago Organisation
of the People Lionel Coker are expect-
ed to go head to head for the position
of chairman in the party's internal
election at the Rovanels Resort on
Following its 12-0 defeat in the Toba-
go House of Assembly Election in Jan-
uary, the TOP is expected hold it inter-
nal elections in accordance with its
The 11 executive positions being con-
tested are: chairman, deputy chairman,
general secretary, assistant secretary,
treasurer, elections officer, public rela-
tions and communications officer, edu-
cation and training officer, membership
and mobilisation officer, women s
development officer and youth devel-
Both Alleyne-Toppin and Coker have
expressed confidence at victory.
The post of political leader will not
be at stake as Ashworth Jack s tenure
ends in 2014.
The outgoing executive members are
expected to give an account of their
stewardship tomorrow as well.
Vernella eyes TOP chair
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