Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 19th 2013 Contents (at this point in time) have hatched a nefarious
and diabolical plot to damage and scandalise
my good name and to bring the Office of the
Prime Minister and the Government into odium,
hatred and disrepute.
Consequently, I welcome this investigation.
You will recall that it was I, as Prime Minister
and leader of the Government, who reported
this matter to the police within hours of the
unprecedented and scandalous revelation of
these false allegations.
Thus, I will readily adhere to the request
made by the Deputy Commissioner of Police,
Mr Mervyn Richardson, that I make available
to the police investigators the electronic devices
used by me to send and receive e-mails during
the month of September, 2012, but, I am con-
strained to do so in the presence of my attor-
ney-at-law and my information technology
(IT) expert. I am the chairman of the Nation-
al Security Council and there is sensitive data
on the said electronic devices concerning the
safety and security of the State and other matters
of a confidential nature and, I am advised by
the Senior Counsel that the police investigators
in this matter should only examine and inspect
the said electronic devices used by me for the
month of September, 2012, in the presence of
my attorney, my IT expert and myself.
Senior Counsel is of the opinion that this
modus operandi of inspecting and examining
the electronic devices will afford not only pro-
tection for the integrity of my electronic devices,
but for 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.
I offer my full cooperation in the police inves-
tigation into this matter and hope and pray that
the police will soon discover the perpetrators
of the wicked and malicious falsehoods made
by the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Dr
I am also advised by Senior Counsel to attach
to my statement a report which he commis-
sioned from Mr Jon Berryhill, a computer foren-
sic investigator, of Berryhill Computer Forensic
Inc abased in the United States, vis-a-vis the
authenticity of the purported e-mails disclosed
by Dr Rowley.
I am very much obliged and if there is any
other assistance I can render to you in your
investigation into this matter please feel free
to contact me via my permanent secretary or
my attorney-at-law, Mr Israel B Khan, SC.
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 19, 2013
On Monday, Israel Khan, SC, who is representing
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in the e-
mail probe, claimed he was dissatisfied with how
the police team was conducting its investigation.
Khan claimed he, on behalf of his client, had written
to the police team, headed by DCP Mervyn Richard-
son, since June 10 indicating the PM s willingness
to co-operate fully with the investigating team and
laying down certain conditions for this process.
However, he said the police were yet to respond
to this letter, adding they were dragging their feet
on a serious case with far reaching effects.
Following is the letter which the PM sent.
Statement of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar, SC, as requested by Deputy Commis-
sioner of Police Mr Mervyn Richardson by letter
dated 24th May, 2013.
I am the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago. When I took the oath of office on 26th
May, 2010, I swore on the Holy Bhagavad Gita to
uphold the Constitution and the law and do right
to all manner of people without fear or favour, atten-
tion or ill will. I have conscientiously, impartially and
to the best of my ability, been discharging my duties
as Prime Minister in this regard. I wish also to state
that I have been an attorney-at-law for the past
twenty six (26) years, during which time my character
has been impeccable and, I have maintained a strong
commitment to honesty, fair play and justice for all.
I wish to place on record that from the very incep-
tion of my Government, the Leader of the Opposition,
Honourable Dr Keith Rowley, had been predicting
the downfall of the duly elected Government. Several
unfounded criticisms have been levelled in Parliament
against the Government and in particular the Prime
Minister and Attorney General in various "no con-
fidence motions," filed by the Leader of the Oppo-
sition. I viewed the unfounded criticism as the normal
cut and thrust of the politics in our parliamentary
But during the last no confidence motion filed
by Dr Keith Rowley in the House of Representatives,
he stated on Monday 20th May, 2013, that he had
in his possession a document which revealed thir-
ty-one (31) e-mail messages involving the Prime
Minister, the Attorney General and other ministers,
and a public official which connected us to a wheel
"criminal conspiracy." Indeed he stated that "the
Government of Trinidad and Tobago was engaged
in criminal conspiracy." (Source: Hansard, Dr Keith
Rowley, House of Representatives, May 20, 2013).
He stated to the country at large, under the pro-
tection of parliamentary privilege, that the afore-
mentioned persons were involved in conspiracies to
murder, pervert the course of justice, to spy on the
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and procure
from the Chief Justice a "judgeship" for the DPP in
order to remove him from the Office of the DPP.
There were several other allegations of criminal acts.
I wish to emphatically and categorically state that
I did not send or receive any such e-mails as alluded
to by the Leader of the Opposition, Dr Keith Row-
ley.Indeed I am of the opinion that persons unknown
PM's statement to cops on e-mail fiasco:
Diabolical plot to
damage my name Prime Minister Kamla
DCP Mervyn Richardson
Israel Khan, SC
Thus, I will readily adhere to the
request made by the Deputy
Commissioner of Police, Mr
Mervyn Richardson, that I make
available to the police
investigators the electronic
devices used by me to send and
receive e-mails during the
month of September, 2012, but, I
am constrained to do so in the
presence of my attorney-at-law
and my information technology
---PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar
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