PORT OF SPAIN — Citing protocol concerns, the legal team representing both Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Local Government Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan yesterday refused to hand over their clients’ electronic equipment to the police.
Attorneys Larry Lalla and Pamela Elder SC met with Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson for over three hours yesterday at the Police Administration Building on Sackville Street, Port of Spain, but left with the equipment belonging to both Ramlogan and Rambachan in hand.
In a telephone interview yesterday, Lalla said a local information technology expert accompanied them to the meeting.
“We went to the Police Headquarters with the mobile devices and the computers of the two cabinet members,” Lalla said.
“We had lengthy discussions concerning the handover of equipment, however, the police were unable to satisfy us as to the protocol that would be adopted once the equipment was left in their
custody,” Lalla said. Lalla said they did agree to continue communicating with
Richardson and the investigating team, with a view to handing over the relevant equipment by the end of the week, “once they address the protocol concerns”.
Lalla did not want to divulge what those protocol concerns were but said both clients, Ramlogan and Rambachan, remained willing to assist with the ongoing investigation.
Richardson, in a telephone interview yesterday, confirmed the meeting with the legal team and also confirmed that they refused to leave the equipment.
“It was both technical and legal protocol concerns,” Richardson said in a telephone interview.
He said he believed that those concerns would be met by the end of the week. (Express)