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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
believes unknown people have hatched a
"nefarious and diabolical plot" to "damage
and scandalise" her name and to bring the
office of the prime minister and the Peo-
ple s Partnership Government into "odium,
hatred and disrepute."
Persad-Bissessar wrote this in a three-
page statement to the police on June 10.
The statement was requested by Deputy
Police Commissioner Mervyn Richardson.
The T&T Guardian obtained a copy of
the statement, which Persad-Bissessar ini-
tialled on the first two pages and signed on
the last page. (See full statement on Page
Saying she has been a lawyer for the past
26 years, Persad-Bissessar said during this
time her character has been "impeccable"
and she had always maintained a strong
commitment to "honesty, fair play and jus-
tice for all."
Persad-Bissessar said from the inception
of the People s Partnership Government,
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley wanted
the Government s demise.
"I wish to place on record that from the
very inception of my government, the leader
of the Opposition Dr Keith Rowley had been
predicting the downfall of the duly elected
"Several unfounded criticisms have been
levelled in Parliament against the Govern-
ment and in particular the prime minister
and the attorney general in various no-
confidence motions," Persad-Bissessar said.
She also said, however, that she viewed
the unfounded criticisms as the "normal
cut and thrust" of politics. Persad-Bissessar
said she immediately welcomed the inves-
tigation, adding that she reported the matter
to the police "within hours."
While saying she had no problem with
the police examining her computer and
other electronic devices, Persad-Bissessar
warned they contained sensitive data relating
to national security matters.
She said her attorney, Israel Khan, SC,
was of the opinion that inspecting the
devices in front of him and an IT expert
would not only protect the integrity of the
devices, but also the police investigation.
"Such an exercise in Senior Counsel s
view will ensure that the inspection and
examination of the said electronic devices
remain transparent and above board for all
concerned," Persad-Bissessar added.
Maintaining she would co-operate fully
with the police, Persad-Bissessar urged the
police to get to the bottom of the matter.
"I offer my full co-operation in the police
investigation into this matter and hope and
pray the police will soon discover the per-
petrators of these wicked and malicious
falsehoods made by leader of the Opposition
Dr Keith Rowley."
• We left out some vital info
from our June 1 story on Imbizo
Moyenne (Page A27).
We should have said the
engineering team behind the
group s latest album was from
the company Egrem/Musicuba
and the album was a live
recording done at the CLR
James Auditorium at Cipriani
Labour College as part of the
Ethnic Jazz Club Sound Con-
nection Project. And the CD is
available for purchase on
• The photograph on Page
A38 on June 15 was taken at
Creole Kitchen, Saddle Road,
Maraval. Our apologies for the
Khan asked why the police had not examined
the computers and other electronic devices of Per-
sad-Bissessar, especially since she sent a statement
to the police on June 10 saying she was willing to
have them examined.
Asked why this had not been done, Richardson
said, "We will do so in due course."
Among those interviewed so far are journalists
who reported on issues relating to events discussed
in the e-mails.
Police who called them in for interviews were
not familiar with their reports, however, saying
they did not know how to obtain copies, and they
did not appear to be aware that the media reports
could be found online.
Much of the information they were seeking in
the interviews was already available from the reports.
AG: Police must act quickly
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, who said
he was not aware of how far the police had pro-
gressed in the probe, yesterday urged them to treat
the investigation with "utmost urgency," as the
accusation had stained the character and reputation
of the Government and the country.
"This investigation requires quick action in the
shortest possible time," he added.
Saying he had no problem in providing his pass-
word, computer and other electronic devices to
the police, Ramlogan said searching computers
was "merely secondary," as verification of the IP
addresses was immediately needed to determine
if the e-mails were fake.
He said: "I sincerely hope the police have made
contact with Google in an effort to verify the e-
mail addresses never existed. It is only a matter
of time before the entire fiasco backfires in the
face of the PNM."
Police sources said the request to Google could
go through the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty
(MLAT), which allows a foreign government to ask
the US government for assistance in obtaining evi-
dence from entities in the US, including compa-
The request can only be made via the Central
Authority, which falls under the office of the Attor-
If the MLAT is not used, then a joint T&T/US
investigation could also be made through a High
PM to cops on e-mail fiasco:
Plot to bring down PP
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Cops will talk to
PM in due course
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