Trinidad po­lice say no “nudg­ing” in “Email­gate” in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The Trinidad and Tobago Po­lice Ser­vice (TTPS) on Mon­day said it was not be­ing “nudged” into an­nounc­ing the out­come of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into so-called “Email­gate” af­ter Prime Min­is­ter Kamla Per­sad Bisses­sar ques­tioned the de­lay in pro­vid­ing the public with the out­come of its probe.

Act­ing Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Stephen Wil­liams speak­ing on a tele­vi­sion pro­gramme here also said that the po­lice could not state when the probe would be con­cluded. ”There is the is­sue of pol­i­tics in re­la­tion to this in­quiry but there is no be­hind the scene nudg­ing” he told tele­vi­sion view­ers.

On Sun­day night, as she ad­dressed the 26th an­niver­sary of the rul­ing United Na­tional Congress (UNC), Prime Min­is­ter Per­sad Bisses­sar said that her coali­tion ad­min­is­tra­tion would be mov­ing to­wards hav­ing Op­po­si­tion Leader Dr. Keith Rowley suspended from Par­lia­ment af­ter ac­cus­ing him of us­ing pro­vid­ing false in­for­ma­tion to leg­is­la­tors in the “Email­gate” scan­dal.

She told party sup­port­ers that the so-called emails that Rowley read out in Par­lia­ment, sug­gest­ing that she and se­nior mem­bers of her gov­ern­ment were in­volved in a plot to un­der­mine sev­eral state in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing the ju­di­ciary, were a hoax.

“Th­ese are the facts; three sources have now shown that the e-mails have no sub­stance, there is no truth, there is no ba­sis for the fake e-mails,” she told sup­port­ers, list­ing among the sources the United States Jus­tice Depart­ment.

“We will deal with him in Par­lia­ment … I’ve al­ready ad­vised Dr. (Roodal) Mooni­lal, based on th­ese doc­u­ments and oth­ers which we will deal with in the Par­lia­ment, we will file a mo­tion of cen­sure again against Dr. Rowley on “Email­gate”, but we will not stop there … we will also call in the House for Dr. Rowley to be suspended from the ser­vice of the House.

“I have legally all the Google records pursuant to a court or­der in the case filed by the In­tegrity Com­mis­sion and all the e-mails for the month of Septem­ber which Rowley sent out were fake.

“Not a sin­gle e-mail re­motely re­sem­bled any­thing that he read. Three sources have said there is no sub­stance, no truth and no ba­sis for the fake e-mails that Rowley read. We gave full author­ity to dis­close those records and tonight I call on the po­lice to state whether there was any e-mail as Rowley said.

“Should the con­clu­sion of the re­port in­di­cate that the con­tents of the e-mail were fake and crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings un­der­taken, the Op­po­si­tion leader must im­me­di­ately re­sign from his seat,” she said.

In 2013 Rowley told leg­is­la­tors that he had re­ceived in De­cem­ber the pre­vi­ous year a to­tal of 31 emails from a “whis­tle blower” in­di­cat­ing how op­er­a­tives within the gov­ern­ment had sought to un­der­mine in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing the Of­fice of the Direc­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tion (DPP) and the me­dia. He said he had passed them on to the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent. Rowley told leg­is­la­tors that the con­tents of the emails col­lab­o­rated strongly with events that un­folded in the coun­try the pre­vi­ous year as the gov­ern­ment sought to de­fend its de­ci­sion over con­tro­ver­sial leg­is­la­tion.

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