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for 31th JULY, 2013
The Police Service is yet to
reach a compromise with the
Prime Minister and the govern-
ment ministers at the centre of
the Section 34 e-mail contro-
versy regarding the surrender
of their cellphones and elec-
tronic devices to investigators.
However, in a brief telephone
interview yesterday, lead inves-
tigator DCP Mervyn Richardson
said the parties were in commu-
nication in the hope that an
agreement would be arrived at
"We are speaking at this time.
The parties are in constant com-
munication," Richardson said yes-
He noted, however, that the
inspection of the ministers
devices was only one facet of the
investigation and they (the inves-
tigators) were proceeding at full
speed with the other aspects of
"You do not even need to ask
if this is delaying the investiga-
tion. The investigation is con-
tinuing at full speed," Richardson
In an interview with the T&T
Guardian on Tuesday, Richardson
said investigators were continuing
to interview people and were still
awaiting responses from inter-
national companies Google and
He said investigators hoped to
complete the investigation in the
quickest possible time, but did
not give a date for completion.
"We cannot say whether it
would be in the next two weeks
or next month. We are working
hard and trying our best to bring
this to a close," Richardson said.
The issue of the surrender of
the devices first arose in late June,
when Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar, Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan and Works and
Local Government Minister Dr
Suruj Rambachan went to the
Police Administration Building
in Port-of-Spain to hand in their
electronic devices to allow the
investigators to view the devices.
However, the trio subsequently
refused to do so, saying they were
not happy that the officers had
proper protocols in place to pro-
tect the information on the
The ministers said their devices
contained sensitive information,
both personal and professional,
which could be possibly leaked.
But they agreed to surrender the
devices provided that they would
be analysed only by a reputable
international IT expert.
"I have no difficulty [with] an
international IT expert, whose
credibility and reputation are
beyond reproach and question,
going through my stuff," Ram-
logan was quoted as saying.
Eventually, only Gary Griffith,
the PM s national security adviser,
handed in his electronic devices
to the officers.
On May 20, Opposition Leader
Dr Keith Rowley read out 31 e-
mails which were alleged to have
come from addresses belonging
to Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan
The e-mail thread also pur-
ported to include communication
to Housing Minister Dr Roodal
Moonilal and Griffith.
The e-mails concerned an
alleged plot among senior gov-
ernment ministers to tap the
phone of the Director of Public
Prosecutions (DPP) and the
intimidation of the T&T Guardian
journalist who broke the story of
the early proclamation of Section
34 of the Administration of Jus-
tice (Indictable Offences) Act.
Persad-Bissessar and her min-
isters have denied knowledge of
th e-mails and have dismissed
them as being fake.
E-mail probe moving ahead but...
Cops still in talks
with PM, ministers
founder Veera Bhagan, right,
feeds Thomas Seepersad, 12,
a piece of his birthday cake,
while his mother Omatie
Seepersad looks on.
Seepersad, like Bhagan, was
born without arms but is
also unable to walk. Bhagan,
an attorney, started the
foundation to assist disabled
and underprivileged children
and the group has
undertaken to buy a
prosthetic leg and other
equipment for Seepersad
who was presented with a
laptop as well as cake at his
Chester Street, Debe, home
yesterday. The foundation is
appealing to the public to
join them to assist the
Seepersad family in giving
Thomas a better life.
PHOTO: VINDRA GOPAUL
Addressing the issue of joining with the PP
on his official Facebook page yesterday, Warner
said: "There is not much hope.
"An analysis of what the People s Partnership
has morphed into suggests to us that the only
common ground we share is that we are both
in opposition to the PNM but that is all.
"Based on what is being practised by the Peo-
ple s Partnership today, our visions for Trinidad
and Tobago are different from theirs; our missions
are miles apart."
Warner also made similar comments during
a news conference on Wednesday, in which he
said the ILP membership did not want him to
join the Partnership.
Rambachan also commented on the manner
in which President Anthony Carmona had dis-
missed four senators, replacing them with four
new senators, saying: "The President is free to
appoint his senators and one must also respect
that. That is part of democracy."
As for his Emancipation message, he said it
was a simple one.
"Let s celebrate the work of our ancestors who
have brought us to this level of freedom and
democracy and also it gives us an opportunity
to build strong spiritual values. Without this we
would not have been where we are today."
The rally, held by Rambachan in collaboration
with Neptune School of Arts, began at Caratal
Road and ended at Gasparillo Junction where a
cultural show was held.
Continues from Page A1
GEORGETOWN---More than two years after
they were injured when a Caribbean Airlines
(CAL) plane overshot the runway at the Cheddi
Jagan International Airport in Guyana, eight
of the passengers have filed a lawsuit against
the T&T-based carrier.
The passengers, through documents filed
through their attorneys, Sase Gunraj and Jaya
Singh, last month, are each claiming damages
in excess of G$1 million for personal injuries,
loss and damage suffered in the crash on July
The documents show they are accusing CAL
of negligent operation of Flight BW523 and are
also seeking interest, costs and such further or
other order that the court may deem fit.
CAL has been given ten days to respond to
the claims of the eight passengers.
The official report of the incident is expected
to be made public in Guyana soon, but media
reports have quoted both local and foreign inves-
tigators as attributing the crash to overshooting
the 7,400 foot runway, resulting in the Boeing
737-800 aircraft breaking. (CMC)
8 sue CAL over
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