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Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
yesterday dismissed claims by Works and
Local Government Minister Suruj Ram-
bachan that Google International had
confirmed to him that the Section 34 e-
mails were fake.
He said Rambachan conveniently only
asked the US-based company about certain
information, leaving out other critical
questions important to the continuing
police probe into the matter.
"Why is he writing to Google and what
is it that he is getting from Google that
the police can t get?" Rowley asked during
a walkabout in the Chaguanas West con-
"He is to be dismissed," he added.
Rowley said he wanted to know why
Rambachan did not ask Google about the
other e-mail address, including
email@example.com, or his own e-mail
Last week, Rambachan produced a doc-
ument from Google International which
responded to a question he had asked the
company. The response noted that after
a search of its database, the e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org address, and their corre-
sponding IP address, did not exist.
Rambachan said this proved the e-mails
Rowley brought to the House during a no
confidence motion against Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar on May 20 were
The e-mails were purported to have
come from addresses allegedly belonging
to the PM, Attorney General Anand Ram-
logan, Housing Minister Dr Roodal Mooni-
lal and Rambachan, and discussed inten-
tions to tap the phone of the Director of
Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the intim-
idation of the T&T Guardian journalist
who broke the story about the early procla-
mation of Section 34 of the Administration
of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011.
Persad-Bissessar, Rambachan and their
colleagues have denied any knowledge of
the e-mails and repeatedly said they were
fabricated but the PM mandated Williams
to probe the matter. The acting CoP in
turn ordered DCP Mervyn Richardson to
head a team to investigate the matter,
which is ongoing.
Yesterday, as Rowley walked the streets
with Avinash Singh, the PNM s candidate
for the Chaguanas West by-election, he
said Chaguanas was part of "our country"
and accused Persad-Bissessar of "appealing
to racial overtones in the campaign."
Rowley was warmly received by many
residents of Cacandee Street during the
almost two-hour walk.
There were also attempts by the music
trucks of opposing candidates Jack Warner
(ILP) and Khadijah Ameen (UNC) to disturb
the PNM march, as they blasted campaign
sounds in an attempt to drown out the
PNM supporters during their walk when
they encountered each other.
Police, however, ensured that there was
no incident during the march and PNM
and UNC supporters were even seen min-
gling as the walk reached the UNC s sub-
Rowley said he did not expect any vio-
lence in the campaign as it was a tradition
that elections were conducted peacefully
in T&T over the past decades.
Asked to comment on Persad-Bissessar s
claim that the PNM chose a son of the
soil to contest the seat for it, Rowley said
"she is appealing to race.They are on the
ground appealing to race."
He said: "The Prime Minister is fooling
nobody when she comes down here and
talks about we have taken one of their
children and he should be brutalised for
He said the PNM "defends the right of
citizens to choose any political party of
their choice, including the UNC if you
wish. We give you that option."
In response to another question, Rowley
said no party in the election should be
ruled out from securing a victory. "It is
an open contest," he added.
Rowley said Chaguanas West could not
get a better candidate than Singh.
Singh described the PMs comments
about him being one of the own as erro-
neous and baseless.
"It is definitely a coded message and I
take strong offence to that," Singh told
Commenting on claims by the Govern-
ment he was an illegal squatter and he
would be evicted, Singh said that was only
talk. He said he was awaiting the day the
bulldozer attempted to enter on the land
where he was farming.
The PNM holds a public meting in
Chaguanas West tomorrow.
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PNM political leader Dr Keith Rowley is kissed by a supporter during his walk-a-bout with candidate Avinash Singh, left, in Felicity,
Chaguanas, yesterday. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
Former local government councillor Dhansam
Dhansook yesterday appeared in the Port-of-Spain
Magistrates Court to answer seven charges of attempt-
ing to pervert the course of justice.
He was not called upon to plea to the charges when
he appeared before Senior Magistrate Annette McKenzie
in the Fourth (A) Court. The charges were laid indictably.
The charges relate to a statement that Dhansook
allegedly gave to police on May 1, 2005, in which he
alleged that he paid former government ministers Eric
Williams and Franklin Khan bribes in return for contracts.
Both ministers were charged with corruption offences
as a result of the statement.
In January 2008, Senior Magistrate Lucina Carde-
nas-Ragoonanan dismissed the charges against Williams
after she ruled Dhansook s evidence was "unbelievable,
tenuous, and vague."
Two-and-half years later, Director of Public Pros-
ecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard withdrew charges against
During yesterday s hearing, it was alleged that on
"diverse" occasions between April 30, 2005 and Novem-
ber 1, 2007, Dhansook falsely testified against Williams
during a preliminary inquiry in the Port-of-Spain Mag-
Dhansook also faces six similar charges for making
a false statement against Khan and falsely testifying
against him in the San Fernando Magistrates Court.
He is currently before Deputy Chief Magistrate Mark
Wellington to answer those charges.
In April this year, Dhansook appeared in the Rio
Claro Magistrates Court, charged with 13 counts of
perverting the course of justice.
Six of the cases were transferred to the San Fernando
court while the other seven were transferred to the
Dhansook was granted $70,000 bail during his first
During yesterday s hearing, McKenzie queried an
endorsement on Dhansook s bail bond and ordered him
to return to court next Tuesday with his bailor, who
was identified only as "Mr Tinto".
Dhansook s bail is expected to be regularised during
the next hearing.
He is being represented by Wayne Sturge and Vince
Dhansook in court
on 7 charges of
There are now probably more Congress of the Peo-
ple (COP) members within the Independent Liberal
Party than the COP has had within its own ranks in
recent times, ILP leader Jack Warner said yesterday.
Warner made the comment during a walkabout in
Chaguanas, in reference to a story about growing
discord within the COP over the UNC s treatment of
He said so many COP members had defected that
the party was no longer a force, while the ILP s numbers
were swelling by the thousands.
Warner said the Prime Minister had recently insulted
the COP executive by telling them she had no time
for talks and because she was busy campaigning for
the Chaguanas West by-election.
Warner said he plans to break his silence on the
COP matter on Wednesday when he opens a sub-
office on Cacandee Road, Felicity.
He urged his supporters to take the "30 pieces of
silver" the UNC was handing out as inducement to
vote for them and vote for the ILP at the July 29 polls.
Warner said he also plans an expose on his UNC
opponent, Khadijah Ameen, when he holds a mass
meeting on Friday. (SB)
PM only insulting
COP says Warner
Suruj's Google claim
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