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"I know they are investigating e-mails.
I don t know the stage they have reached
or whether they are now investigating an
offence. That is something different," she
The e-mails, which were presented in
Parliament by Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley on May 20, allege efforts to under-
mine the judiciary, the office of the Director
of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the media.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
and her colleagues have denied any knowl-
edge of the e-mails, but the PM mandated
acting Commissioner of Police Stephen
Williams to probe the complaint. Williams
in turn appointed Richardson to head a six-
member investigating team.
Persad-Bissessar also visited Richarsdon
and his unit on Tuesday for an interview,
with her lawyer Israel Khan, SC. She, how-
ever, handed in her electronic devices,
including a laptop and the central processing
unit (CPU) of a computer.
No change in probe
Lead investigator into the e-mail probe,
Deputy Police Commissioner Mervyn
Richardson said yesterday there was no
change in the probe.
He said the police were still awaiting word
from the US-based company Google and
once that was received, a key part of the
investigation would be completed.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
PCA wrapping up Flying Squad probe...
Investigations into allegations
of the revival of the New Flying
Squad Investigations Unit
(NFSIU) by the Police Complaints
Authority are nearing completion.
The investigation is in its final
stages, as all the key witnesses have
been interviewed and statements
recorded, the T&T Guardian
On Monday, retired police
inspector Mervyn Cordner again
met with PCA officials for a further
Cordner has repeatedly claimed
he was recalled by former minister
of national security Jack Warner
to head the revived squad.
Contacted yesterday, Cordner
confirmed that he met with PCA
officials, saying, "I received a mes-
sage that they needed to meet with
me urgently and I went. We held
extensive discussions and I was
told by next week the report will
Cordner first met with the PCA
on March 19, when he was inter-
viewed for more than six hours.
He handed over several documents,
e-mails and pictures to substantiate
On March 21, Cordner also met
with Deputy Commissioner of
Police (DCP) Simon Alexis and was
Alexis has been mandated by
acting Commissioner of Police
Stephen Williams to investigate the
claims of the revival of the NFSIU.
The CoP opted to step aside after
there was criticism of his involve-
ment in the investigations on the
grounds of a possible conflict of
Williams was named in a report
submitted to Warner by National
Security Operations Centre director
Garvin Heerah giving his account
of the matter.
Williams also denied having any
knowledge of the NFSIU, but Heer-
ah, in his report to Warner, said he
had approached the top cop for
the NFSIU members to be made
special reserve police (SRPs). Cord-
ner also claimed that 45 applica-
tions for the members of the
NFSIU to be precepted were sent
Documents show it was DCP
Mervyn Richardson who recom-
mended that members of NFSIU
become SRPs in order for them to
An internal e-mail trail from the
Ministry of National Security con-
firmed the NFSIU was up and run-
ning. They showed a base was
being sought for the NFSIU with
Heerah s knowledge.
Eventually, the NFSIU was set
up at the premises of Donrich
Security Kennels at Golden Grove
Road, Arouca, where it ran for four
months until being shut down
because of lack of funding.
Businessman Richard Koorn, the
owner of the premises, which the
NFSIU rented for $200,000 a
month, corroborated Cordner s
claims. He has also been inter-
Koorn claimed he was privy to
several discussions and meetings
surrounding investigations, in par-
ticular, the murder of Chinese
nationals Yang Jiang Hua and Wu
Xia Hua, who were shot dead last
July at their family s home and
business place, Tiger s Chinese
Restaurant in Cunupia.
Their murder was among six
that Cordner claimed the NFSIU
was instrumental in helping police
solve, though Williams dismissed
Miscellaneous Marketing Com-
pany Ltd, a company that leases
unmarked vehicles to the T&T
Police Service, also supplied eight
vehicles to the NFSIU last year.
a second time
Google information key to investigation
Members of a Korean song and dance troupe perform a dance known as
Hwagwanmu (floral corronet dance) at the Sounds of Korea show put on by the
Korean Embassy at Queen's Hall, St Ann's, on Tuesday night.
PHOTO: ANDY HYPOLITE
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