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The Integrity Commission has applied
to the US District Court in the Northern
District of California for an order directing
Google Inc to provide information on e-
mail addresses named in the "Emailgate"
scandal in 2013.
The application was made on Monday
for the e-mail addresses firstname.lastname@example.org,
Google had already agreed to preserve
the information requested last year by the
Integrity Commission but had failed to deliv-
er any documents.
In 2013, months after the Section 34 fias-
co, which saw Government hastily repealing
legislation that would have seen several peo-
ple, including government financiers, elude
the courts, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row-
ley made allegations of corruption in Par-
Rowley presented a series of e-mails, pur-
portedly exchanged between high-ranking
government officials, including Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
The e-mails indicated collusion involved
in the proclamation of Section 34 of the
Administration of Justice (Indictable
Offences) Act in 2012 and a plot to target
the journalist who broke the Section 34
The allegations were being investigated
by the police, originally led by Deputy Com-
missioner of Police (Operations) Mervyn
Richardson but he retired without com-
pleting the investigation and passed it on
to Deputy Police Commissioner Glenn Hack-
ett.Earlier this year, Hackett said police were
still investigating. He could not be reached
for comment yesterday.
In a 12-page document, filed by attorney
Gina Durham of DLA Piper LLP, based in
San Francisco, the commission asked for
the clerk of the court to sign a subpoena
directing Google to produce the requested
Google Inc s headquarters is in California.
The information sought by the commis-
sion includes all subscriber information
related to the e-mail accounts, including
the names, contact information, birth dates
and IP addresses of the account holders.
The commission also requested a
notarised affidavit attesting to the authen-
ticity of e-mail content sent to or from the
e-mail accounts and copies of the e-mail
Additionally, the commission asked for
the contents of communications to and
from the email@example.com e-mail account
from September 2012.
In the court document, the commission
noted that Persad-Bissessar had not con-
firmed that any of the e-mail addresses
belonged to her.
It also indicated that Attorney General
Anand Ramlogan, who was named in the
scandal, had denied that he had an G-mail
account but had given permission to search
the e-mail account firstname.lastname@example.org, which
is controlled by Google.
The other ministers named in the e-mails
--- Works Minister Suruj Rambachan and
National Security Minister Gary Griffith ---
had confirmed that Hotmail accounts named
in Parliament belonged to them. Those min-
isters authorised Microsoft to release the
content of the e-mails.
Google has already confirmed that one
of the e-mail addresses mentioned by Row-
ley in Parliament, email@example.com, does
The commission asked Google to preserve
information related to the e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org, as it believed the original
version of the e-mail address may have been
a copying error.
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US Code Section 1782 is a federal statute that
allows a litigant (party) to a legal proceeding outside
the US to apply to an American court to obtain evi-
dence for use in the non-US proceeding.
It allows the court in whose jurisdiction a person
lives or is found to order him to give his testimony
or statement or to produce a document in a foreign
or international tribunal, including criminal inves-
tigations conducted before formal accusation.
The court document suggests that this law applies
to the Google corporation, which qualifies as a
person under the section and maintains offices in
Google has been the subject of Section 1782 pre-
Former head of the Central Authority David West
said the authority was open to police and government
agencies who needed to retrieve information for
He said the Integrity Commission was not com-
pelled to seek information through the authority and
expressed surprise that it had chosen not to do so.
"The Integrity Commission has previously gone
to the Central Authority in order to retrieve infor-
mation from abroad and I believe this was done sat-
isfactorily, as the authority was able to secure infor-
mation," West said.
He added that agencies usually found it easier to
go through the authority as the process was more
simple and not as costly.
"The authority contacts the US Central Authority
and they write to the Department of Justice. When
the Justice Department receives the request, they
forward it to the federal agency, who subpoenas the
information," he said.
Though he felt that process was easier, he said
the commission could also have hired an attorney
to retrieve the information.
Current head of the Central Authority Natram
Kowlessar could not be reached for comment.
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Integrity body puts pressure on Google...
Mervyn Crichlow, the Integrity
Commission's chief communications
and public relations officer, did not
provide additional information
Responding to questions by e-mail,
he said it would be contrary to the
commission's guidelines and
established practice to comment one
way or another on investigations
which may be under way.
Emailgate still alive • May 15, 2013: Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
met with chairman of the Integrity Commission Kenneth
Gordon at his home to discuss several e-mails he had
• May 20: Rowley presented a series of e-mails to the
Parliament which, he said, implicated the Prime Minister,
the Attorney General and other ministers in corruption.
• In the months which followed, investigators
interviewed the parties named in Rowley's claims, while
Persad-Bissessar and her Cabinet colleagues were asked
to hand over their electronic devices to investigators for
• Only Griffith complied fully with the request and he
complained several times last year that his devices were
yet to be returned.
• June 25: The PM and her attorney Israel Khan met
with police at Police Headquarters, Port-of-Spain, with
her electronic equipment.
• July 9: Gordon agrees to recuse himself from
participating in deliberations or decisions on any
investigations the commission might undertake into the
authenticity of the e-mails.
• In newspaper interviews in July and August last
year, DCP Mervyn Richardson claimed to have written to
Google as well as local internet providers for assistance
in the probe.
• July 10: Works Minister Suruj Rambachan told the
media he too had contacted Google and received a
response saying that the e-mails were fake, as the IP
addresses found in Rowley's correspondence did not
• August 30: Integrity Commission announced its
probe into the e-mails.
• November 22: Richardson retired with the probe still
incomplete. Up to the date of his retirement, Richardson
maintained he had not received a response from the
California-based internet giant.
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