Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 17th 2013 Contents A5
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley yesterday was described as a
shameless character who needed to
apologise to the country for the e-
Works and Local Government
Minister Dr Surujratan Rambachan
said last week s response from Google
International proved the e-mails,
which accused government officials
of criminal conduct, were fake.
On Monday, Rowley dismissed
Rambachan s claims, saying he had
conveniently left out critical infor-
mation in making the request.
He said Rambachan failed to ask
about other e-mails, including his
own and email@example.com.
Speaking to reporters at the re-
opening of the Tarouba Link Road,
San Fernando, Rambachan said:
"He is a shameless character. He
comes to the Parliament and he den-
igrates and he criticises in a very seri-
ous way the character of people and
the integrity of people.
"Now that the truth is a stark real-
ity before his face, he cannot swallow
the truth and he cannot face up to
"He is an angry man now that his
disguise has been stripped and he
remains without clothing."
He added: "I think he first needs
to apologise to the country, apologise
for his behaviour and that is the first
thing he should do, otherwise he will
continue to shame himself."
Although Deputy Police Commis-
sioner Mervyn Richardson continues
to investigate the authenticity of the
e-mails, Rambachan said he had
nothing of which to be afraid.
He said: "E-mails that are fake
start by being fake. Why? Because
they re cut-and-paste words. You
guys are intelligent guys, you saw it,
you know what is a fake from not
fake. It is cut-and-paste.
"For the acting Commissioner of
Police to say that, it closes the issue.
So anybody can cut and paste any
words, you know.
"They can look for what they want,
I have no fear about anything at all
in this matter."
Asked whether he would write to
TSTT to query the other e-mails, he
said he was not under investigation.
Although he refused to surrender
his electronic devices to police, he
said his lawyer, Pamela Elder, SC,
and Larry Lalla still had them.
He said: "I don t have to write to
TSTT. The server is Google. They
asked me to provide my e-mails
between September 1 and September
30. I gave my computer to my
lawyers, Larry Lalla and Ms Pamela
Elder, and she took it in."
"They didn t even have to take my
computer to go on my e-mail, you
could have gone to my server and
"I simply wrote to Google and their
international legal investigations unit
and they replied to me within a couple
of hours. As you read on the papers,
there is no e-mail like that, there is
no IP address, nothing like that."
Asked whether he was still willing
to co-operate with the police probe,
he said: "I am not under investiga-
tions, you just remember that.
"I have provided my equipment to
them but they had to assure me that
they were not going to compromise
my privacy in terms of what I have
on that computer.
"There is nothing here to fear, you
know, there is nothing to be afraid
of. It is a big lie, a fabrication and Mr
Rowley has been found wanting and
he is afraid to face the public.
"Therefore, all he can do is cry
wolf, except that the wolf has come
before his door. Now he is behind
the door, he does not know how to
open the door."
The Tarouba Link Road, which
connects the Solomon Hochoy High-
way to the San Fernando Bypass, was
constructed at a cost of $61.7 million
by Lutchmedial Contractors.
Suruj on e-mail controversy:
Rowley must apologise YVONNE WEBB
It was business as usual at the
Toyota Tarouba showroom yes-
terday as San Fernando mayor
Dr Navi Muradali softened the
city s approach the day after
notice of illegal occupation was
served on the owners.
Muradali said he and the City
Engineering Department had
agreed to help Toyota TT Ltd get
a completion certificate in time
for the opening of the showroom
on July 30.
The notice, served by the city
engineer, deemed the building
illegal and ordered the owners to
vacate the premises immediately
and stop doing business there.
However, yesterday after talks
with Toyota, the city engineer
and other agencies visited the
showroom to ensure all measures
were in place so the completion
certificate could be issued.
The other agencies included
the Fire Department, represen-
tatives of the Water and Sewerage
Authority, the T&T Electricity
Commission, public health and
the engineering department.
Muradali said all of those agen-
cies had to sign an agreement
that the structure was safe and
habitable for all employees and
members of the public who
would visit it.
The Fire Services was key to
receiving that certificate, he said,
and must be satisfied that there
was a fire escape, proper signage,
extinguishers and proper exits
For too long, said the mayor,
people had been violating the city
codes and that posed a threat in
the event of an emergency or
Muradali said he insisted at
yesterday s council meeting: "We
must try to work with all our
stakeholders, including investors
to the city, to ensure they comply
with the building code so as not
to delay business.
"The council agreed that we
would facilitate Toyota in this
instance, as we will do with any-
one else who may not fully
understand the city s building
He said the council aimed to
educate and inform other
investors who might fall into the
"I hope good sense prevails on
all sides and Toyota can have its
grand opening on July 30," he
Muradali who originally
declined the car company s invi-
tation to its opening, recanted
yesterday, saying: "Once all the
Is are dotted and Ts are crossed,
I will be going to the opening."
Being lost in the forest for seven days and nights
was a harrowing experience for Geeta Seenath but
it has brought many rewards.
She says it has made her a stronger person.
The trauma has also brought focus on her living
conditions and the much-needed help this proud
woman never felt comfortable seeking from others
Yesterday, Nizam Baksh, Minister of Public Utilities
and Seenath s MP, gave her and her family a $15,000
grant to help her repair her Chapel Street, Princes
The shy Seenath really wished she could have
been given the assistance without the glare of the
media but has become a kind of a celebrity in her
Accepting the grant at Baksh s constituency office,
she said she was grateful for the help and it would
go a long way, though her entire house needed repairs.
"It is one of the bright moments in my life," said
Seenath, who disappeared in the Matura Forest on
June 8 during a hike to Rio Seco Waterfall.
Suffering from dehydration and other injuries
from a fall, Seenath, 47, said her recovery had been
very good and she was able to do regular house-
She said the memory continues to haunt her
whenever she is travelling and comes into full view
of the mountains.
"I tell myself, I was there but when I think about
it, it was a good experience for me. It has made me
stronger," she said.
Baksh said it was during a visit to her home after
her rescue that he became aware of her housing sit-
uation and through the National Commission for
Self Help, he was able to access a minor repair and
reconstruction housing grant for her.
He said he was aware other repairs were needed
and pledged to do everything possible to uplift her
quality of life, including providing volunteers to help
with the repairs.
"It is a humanitarian act," Baksh said. (KF)
See Page A8
MP for Naparima Nizam Baksh presents a grant to Geeta Seenath at his constituency office,
Princes Town, yesterday. Seenath spent seven days wandering in the Matura Forest last month
after getting lost during a hike to the Rio Seco Waterfall, Toco. PHOTO: TONY HOWELL
'Lost hiker' gets $15,000 Govt house grant
Dr Surujratan Rambachan
Links Archive July 16th 2013 July 18th 2013 Navigation Previous Page Next Page