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Rowley met with Gordon on May 15 at his private
residence in Glencoe, five days before he presented
a motion of no confidence in the PM for debate
in the House of Representatives.
It was during his presentation that Rowley pro-
duced 31 e-mails related to the Section 34 fiasco
which purportedly came from addresses belonging
to the PM, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan,
Local Government and Works Minister Suruj Ram-
bachan and other government officials.
The PM and her colleagues immediately denied
any knowledge of the e-mails and claimed they
were a fabrication.
However, the PM wrote to acting Police Com-
missioner Stephen Williams asking him to probe
the matter. Williams subsequently appointed Deputy
Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson to
investigate the e-mails.
The police probe is ongoing and Richardson and
his team have interviewed several people and
obtained the devices of some of the people of
interest to their probe.
Yesterday, Persad-Bissessar arrived at President s
House around 2.15 pm for the meeting, which lasted
about 50 minutes. The Prime Minister emerged
from the meeting telling reporters it was "cordial
and frank" but that she could not speak about it.
"I raised my concerns with His Excellency and
am not at liberty to disclose the details of our dis-
cussion," she added.
Asked about the appointment of members to
serve on the Integrity Commission, Persad-Bissessar
said the President "indicated that he is in the process
of putting together that commission and we should
be hearing from him before the end of the week."
On the police investigations into the Section 34
e-mails, Persad-Bissessar said she received a letter
from the police "a couple days ago, where they are
seeking information on the make and type of device."
She said that matter was referred to her attorney,
Israel Khan, SC, for his response.
The PM said the police had not as yet requested
an interview on the matter. She used the opportunity
to deny that before yesterday, her last meeting with
the President was on May 8.
"We meet or speak regularly, so it is not correct
to say that I last met with His Excellency more
than a month ago," she said. (See Page A6)
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However, fears that the board
may not be properly constituted
when Hadeed returns were dis-
missed, as Mahadeo possesses
a degree in engineering.
According to the AATT con-
stitution, which was amended
under the People s National
Movement (PNM) administra-
tion, the board requires an engi-
neer, lawyer and accountant
among its members. Without
such portfolios, the board would
not be properly constituted and
its actions could be called into
question in a court of law.
AATT sources said when he
was seeking the post, Ajodha
had submitted his CV to the
Boards Committee headed by
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Other members of the Boards
Committee include Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan, Legal
Affairs Minister Prakash Ramad-
har, Sport Minister Anil Roberts
and Housing Minister Roodal
Sources said any time a board
selection has to be made, the
line minister is also asked to
attend the selection meeting.
"And in this case Minister
Sharma was called in," the
Adding hat it was Sharma
who recommended Ajodha, the
source said: "Obviously they did
not do any thorough checks."
During his contribution to the
debate, Imbert claimed Ajodha s
CV showed he earned a BSc in
civil engineering from the Uni-
versity of the West Indies (UWI),
a bachelor of architecture from
the New York Institute of Tech-
nology and a project manage-
ment professional qualification
from the Project Management
"Mr Speaker, I am told the
University of the West Indies
has no record of this fellow ever
acquiring a bachelor s degree in
"This is the deputy chairman
of the Airports Authority, chair-
man of the tenders committee.
I am told that the New York
Institute of Technology, School
of Architecture has no record of
this gentleman attending or
acquiring a bachelor of archi-
tecture. Similarly with the proj-
ect management professional,
Mr Speaker," Imbert had said.
Imbert said he also checked
the list of engineers registered
with the Board of Engineering
in T&T "and there isn t a single
Ajodha on this list.
Speaking with the T&T
Guardian yesterday, Imbert said
Ajodha s lack of qualifications
meant he was not fit to be on
the board or the tenders com-
"I would have thought once
it became known he is not qual-
ified he should be removed,"
He said in his opinion, how-
ever, the Government usually
takes a long time to deal with
Efforts to contact Ajodha yes-
terday were unsuccessful, as all
calls to his cellphone went unan-
in cordial talks
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AATT chairman on sick leave...
Board can't function
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