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