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Ramsubir then asked the T&T Guardian to call
back at 1 pm, saying: "I cannot recall the individual
prices. I will get the documents. I still will not
give you the exact details. I will only give you
Attempts to call back Ramsubir for more infor-
mation were unsuccessful.
At the time of the accident, Jack Warner held
the portfolio of Minister of National Security and
the chief fire officer was Carl Williams. Warner
has since resigned from the Government following
Fifa corruption allegations and Williams is on pre-
Warner did not respond to text messages yes-
Contacted yesterday, permanent secretary Jen-
nifer Boucaud-Blake, who is in the United King-
dom, told the T&T Guardian she had absolutely
no part in authorising the payment.
In a telephone interview, Boucaud-Blake said:
"I cannot approve anything more than $1 million.
"I did not approve anything concerning that
fire truck. It would have had to be at the level of
the Cabinet and that was between the then min-
ister and Cabinet. It did not pass across my desk
at all. I did not sign off on anything.
"I cannot approve any expenditure over $1 mil-
lion. It cannot be approved by a permanent sec-
retary. I will not be so crazy to approve expenditure
over $1 million."
In response to e-mailed requests for information
on the cost of the job, the director of the ministry s
corporate communications unit, Marcia Hope,
wrote: "The removal of the fire truck was above
the permanent secretary s $1 million limit and
was forwarded to Cabinet and got its approval."
Hope later telephoned the T&T Guardian and
added that on the basis of the competence and
technical assessment of the chief fire officer at
the time, the job was recommended to Cabinet
Contacted yesterday, Williams referred the T&T
Guardian to acting chief fire officer Nayar Ram-
persad, saying he was on pre-retirement leave?"
Confirming the accident yesterday, Rampersad
said investigations were ongoing and he was in
the process of submitting a report to line minister
Emmanuel George and the permanent secretary.
Rampersad said the chief fire officer had a limit
of only $100,000.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Rambachan, Ramlogan not contacted on e-mails
for 03rd JUNE, 2013
DEREK ACHONG and GEISHA KOWLESSAR
Investigators probing the e-mail alle-
gations raised by Opposition leader Dr
Keith Rowley yesterday went to the Integri-
ty Commission and met with registrar
Martin Farrell, police sources said.
They said during their visit they asked
for the original material sent by Rowley to
then president George Maxwell Richards
who in turn forwarded it to the commis-
Police said the meeting, which was cordial,
lasted a couple of hours and they obtained
the original documents, which they believe
could be key to their probe.
The e-mails allegedly exposed a criminal
conspiracy by high office-holders to plant
bugs in the office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP), to have the DPP
removed from office by offering him a judge-
ship and to accept payment from an
unnamed person in exchange for freedom
in relation to the Section 34 fiasco.
Rowley said after receiving the 31 e-mails
he forwarded them to Richards for his con-
sideration to determine whether the doc-
uments should be investigated under the
Integrity in Public Life Act.
Richards confirmed he subsequently
passed the documents on to the commission
in strict confidence for it to investigate the
matter. In response, however, the commis-
sion had said no formal action could be
taken because the term of the board of com-
missioners during that period expired and
a new board was yet to be appointed.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and
Works and Infrastructure and Local Gov-
ernment Minister Suruj Rambachan were
expected to be interviewed by the police
yesterday but that did not take place.
Asked about the delay, police sources said
arrangements were "yet to be finalised."
"We have not interviewed anyone again
and we cannot really say when we would
be interviewing anyone else.
"We have not made those arrangements
as yet. We will have to interview them (Ram-
logan and Rambachan) at a time when con-
venient to them," police sources added.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday,
Rambachan said: "I have not been inter-
viewed by anybody. I don t know when or
what time I would be interviewed."
The e-mails were purported to have come
from addresses belonging by Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan, Ram-
bachan and national security adviser to the
Prime Minister Gary Griffith.
After Rowley read them in Parliament,
the Prime Minister immediately denied any
knowledge of them and referred the matter
to acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams, asking for an investigation.
Deputy Commissioner Mervyn Richard-
son, who has been heading the probe, inter-
viewed Rowley last Tuesday.
Also present were Supt Nanan, Insp
Sylvester and WPC Maynard-Wilson.
Contacted yesterday, Richardson, who
attended the funeral of former police com-
missioner Noor Kenny Mohammed, con-
firmed neither Ramlogan nor Rambachan
had been interviewed.
Probers meet with
Pupils of the
Girls' RC School
perform a dance
Queen's Hall, St
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