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Prospective members of the
Integrity Commission may not want
to serve under the leadership of
chairman Ken Gordon, attorney
Israel Khan, SC, said yesterday.
Khan was commenting on the
implications of a meeting between
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
and Gordon, which took place at Gor-
don's Glencoe home days before Row-
ley presented his no-confidence
motion in Parliament last month.
Khan said: "I am duly informed
that two prospective members of the
commission have indicated that they
do not want to serve under him."
He described the issue over Gor-
don's leadership as the "new dimen-
sion in the Emailgate imbroglio."
He did not reveal the names of the
prospective members and the source
of his information.
The term of the previous commis-
sion ended in March, except for Gor-
don, whose three-year term ends in
Gordon was appointed chairman
by then President George Maxwell
Richards after his predecessor, Dr
Eric St Cyr, controversially resigned
in October 2011.
The previous members are Gladys
Gafoor, Dr Ann-Marie Bissessar, Neil
Rolingson and Seunarine Jokhoo.
In an interview on June 9, President
Anthony Carmona announced that
the new members would be named
and appointed within two weeks.
Khan said he was almost certain
that Gordon would resign because of
the controversy over the meeting.
"Ken Gordon is a proud but vain
man. You can rest assured that he,
on his own volition, would tender his
resignation as Integrity Commission
chairman," Khan said.
"He is well aware that history will
not absolve him from the perceived
compromise of the independence of
the commission...he would want to
keep his legacy pristine."
Khan has been retained by Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to
represent her interests in the police
probe into the e-mail fiasco which
was revealed by Rowley during his
motion. The probe is being led by
Deputy Police Commissioner (DCP)
During the debate on May 20,
Rowley called for the Integrity Com-
mission to investigate the series of
e-mails which allegedly implicate
several senior government officials.
Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley is taking full responsibil-
ity for the May 15 meeting with
chairman of the Integrity Com-
mission Ken Gordon at his home
Rowley said he accepted respon-
sibility because it was he who had
asked for the meeting.
Speaking at a public meeting of
the People's National Movement
(PNM) in east Port-of-Spain on
Tuesday, Rowley dared the Gov-
ernment to charge him for mis-
conduct and misbehaviour in pub-
lic office. He said that advice was
given to Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar by her attorney
in the Section 34 e-mail probe,
Israel Khan, SC.
"Come, Mr Israel, come. You
name Israel, well I am from the
land of Judah," he said.
Rowley presented 31 e-mails on
the Section 34 proclamation during
a motion of no confidence in the
Prime Minister in Parliament on
May 20. He has since been referred
to Parliament's Committee of Priv-
ileges for investigation.
The police are also investigating
the email matter.
Khan hired a US IT expert Jon
Berryhill to look at the e-mails
which were allegedly sent from
addresses of the PM, AG Anand
Ramlogan and other government
officials in September last year.
Rowley said the country was
"on one tailspin, the Government
is in disarray and there is nothing
productive happening in T&T
because the Government has aban-
doned its responsibility and is
focusing on self-defence."
In recounting the Section 34 e-
mail issue, Rowley insisted the
documents were not prepared by
"Somebody who had access to
where those e-mails were, in one
form or the other, that person put
them all together on two pages. I
received tha...it was a compilation
of these conversations."
He insisted he did not get any
"I received no e-mail transmit-
ted from one machine to my
machine. I received two pages pre-
pared by somebody," the Opposi-
tion Leader said.
He said by presenting the infor-
mation to Parliament he was sim-
ply doing his job as provided for
under the Constitution and "I am
now in danger of being charged
for misbehaviour in public office."
He said the PM was accusing
him of presenting the e-mails to
bring down her government.
"That is an admission on the
part of the Prime Minister and the
Government that those e-mails, if
found to be true, mean that the
Government has to go out of
office," Rowley said.
He again explained the reasons
for his meeting with Gordon at the
Integrity Commission chairman's
"I wanted to know whether in
fact when I stand up in the Par-
liament I can say that the matter
is being investigated. I also wanted
to know if nothing was happening
with it," he said.
Rowley said on May 15, in the
afternoon, he asked his staff to
contact commission staff to arrange
the meeting but with no immediate
success. He said later that evening
Gordon contacted him and invited
him to meet at his home.
"So he called me. He said I am
home you can stop by, so I stopped
by the chairman. So if there is a
problem here as there appears to
be, I will take responsibility for
accepting going to the chairman's
home," the Diego Martin West MP
head will resign
Rowley: Blame me
for Gordon meeting
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
""Ken Gordon is a proud but vain man. You can rest assured that he,
on his own volition, would tender his resignation as Integrity
Commission chairman," ISRAEL KHAN, SC
Integrity Commission chairman.
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