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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 4, 2013
Sacked justice minister Herbert
Volney says the police should
obtain a warrant to search the res-
idence of Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar and top govern-
ment officials to aid them in bring-
ing the e-mail probe to a speedy
In an interview yesterday Volney
also chastised lawyers who, he
claimed, have been using their power
to intimidate the police.
Saying he was surprised the police
had not yet obtained the warrant
"I am taken aback that the police
have not yet conducted searches and
it seems they are intimidated, given
what was said from the lawyers rep-
resenting certain officials.
"If the police had not yet been
told they should obtain warrants
then they should get new attorneys."
He said the police were empow-
ered by both the statute law and
common law to obtain the warrants
and they did not have to necessarily
go the Director of Public Prosecu-
tions (DPP) for advice.
Once investigators had reasonable
grounds there were physical items
which could assist them in their
investigation of a criminal offence
or a suspected criminal offence a
constable could swear to that infor-
mation before a Justice of Peace or
a magistrate to search any premises
and to seize any such items, he
Asked if this could also include
the residence of the Prime Minister,
the attorney general and government
ministers Volney said: "The law does
not recognise the office of anybody.
"The police should act according
to the law which is obtaining a search
warrant and search and seize what
they are looking for."
Volney said in the course of inves-
tigations if a wrong phone was hand-
ed to the police that person could
be charged with perverting the
course of public justice.
"It seems that bit of evidence is
most critical to link the person of
interest with the instrument by what
the e-mail is alleged to have trans-
mitted and it is critical these devices
be obtained and identified," he
Volney said he was interviewed
by the police last week.
He said based on the questions
he was asked by the investigators
the police were on the right track.
Cops ask PM
Persad-Bissessar has been asked
to co-operate with the police in the
e-mail probe and to stop demoral-
ising the Police Service.
Making the call yesterday was
president of the Police Service Social
and Welfare Association, acting
inspector Anand Ramesar, in wake
of statements made by Persad-
"I am making a plea, including to
the Prime Minister, to stop attacking
the Police Service. This is unwar-
ranted and unfair," Ramesar said.
Despite saying she remained com-
mitted to work with the police Per-
sad-Bissessar said she would not
allow them to pursue a "witch-hunt"
by exposing the private and confi-
dential information on her devices.
She said so at the UNC's Monday
Night Forum at Vishnu Boys' Hindu
School, Caroni, where she addressed
reports she had not handed over her
mobile phone and computers to the
police for investigation.
The Prime Minister also accused
the police of wanting to "clone" the
information on her devices.
Describing the accusations as
unfortunate Ramesar said that not
only demoralised the Police Service
but could tarnish the organisation's
"It is always unfortunate to the
morale of the Police Service when
members in high office, especially
those on the National Security
Council, make comments that
adversely impact on the moral, per-
formance, integrity and impartiality
of the Police Service," Ramesar said.
He said what seemed to elude the
"high office-holders" was the need
for them to demonstrate they were
above board as it related to the inves-
He added: "It is a responsibility
to them to clear their name. It is
imperative they support this inves-
tigation which has national conse-
quences, whether it is true or not.
"We will want to see the relevant
persons walk-the-talk and substan-
tively assist in the investigation."
He said criticism of the Police
Service was viewed by the mem-
bership as a "constructed attack"
Contacted yesterday acting Police
Commissioner Stephen Williams
said Deputy Police Commissioner
Mervyn Richardson was in charge
of the e-mail probe.
CHARLES KONG SOO
Prof Prakash Persad wants US Nation of Islam
leader Louis Farrakhan to be declared persona non
grata in T&T to stop his local followers from fomenting
divisiveness and the doctrine of hate.
He was responding to questions concerning recent
statements recently by local Nation of Islam represen-
tative David Muhammad and Pearl Eintou Springer
that a Hindu government and christianity were respon-
sible for young black men committing crime.
Speaking in an interview yesterday after the SWAHA
Hindu College graduation ceremony for Fifth and Upper
Six formers, in Sangre Grande, Persad said: "I think it
is nonsensical. It is divisive and in my view Farrakhan
should be declared persona non grata in T&T.
"They should never let him enter again because he
is causing division here through his local disciples' mes-
sage and I am calling on Muhammad to retract his
"In a lot of countries there is what you call hate
crime and they don't allow people to do that. I think
they should pursue a case against him."
Persad said it was another false perception that crime
had been rising under the PNM Government.
He said there were Hindus in government but that
did not constitute a Hindu government, neither did it
make the government under former prime ministers
Patrick Manning, Dr Eric Williams and George Cham-
bers a christian government.
Principal Gyandeo Persad said crime was a social
He added: "Our school is a Hindu school and we
have no safety officers nor guidance officers and we
have no problems while other government schools have
a lot and they have problems.
Another factor he attributed to helping the children
to be non-violent and do the right thing was medi-
Persad said a line of demarcation must be drawn
against crime and social ills and an example must be
set by those in authority, from teachers, police, politicians,
holy men, the Prime Minister and the President, for
the youth to go on the right path.
Volney to e-mail probers:
Get a warrant and
search PM's home
SWAHA Hindu College student Reeanna Beharry
addresses classmates after receiving the Principal's
Award from the school's principal Pundit Gyandeo
Persad at a graduation ceremony yesterday.
PHOTO: CHARLES KONG SOO
...after statement by Eintou Springer
Call to ban Farrakhan
the attorney general and
Volney said: "The law
does not recognise the
office of anybody.
"The police should act
according to the law
which is obtaining a
search warrant and
search and seize what
they are looking for."
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