PORT OF SPAIN — Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley was yesterday deemed to be an unfit leader who must tender his resignation in the face of the emailgate controversy.
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan and National Security adviser to the Prime Minister Gary Griffith yesterday asserted that they were right from day one — that the e-mails never existed — and the statements from Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams vindicated their position.
However, they further called on the police to speed up their investigations and go to the servers to prove without a shadow of a doubt that the e-mails were false.
Williams, in an exclusive interview with the Express published yesterday, said based on the documents before him, the e-mails, which were exposed by Rowley on May 20 in Parliament, were fake.
The alleged e-mail exchange between Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan, Rambachan and Griffith points to a alleged plot to cover up the Section 34 debacle, an attempt to bribe the Director of Public Prosecutions by using the Chief Justice to offer him the post of a High Court judge and an attempt to intimidate a reporter.
However, while Williams dismissed the authenticity of the e-mails he also said the content was under probe.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson is leading the investigation.
Ramlogan said yesterday he was neither surprised nor satisfied by the statements made by the acting CoP.
“I am not surprised because I know that these fake e-mails are a political fabrication. I am not satisfied because this investigation is dragging on too long and the police seem preoccupied with devices when they should be concentrating on verifying whether these e-mails were sent from the primary source which is the servers,” he said.
Ramlogan said all persons involved have indicated their willingness to give consent so that Google can be approached to ascertain whether these e-mails exist.
“To date, the police have not indicated their willingness to do this and it is difficult to understand their reluctance to go directly to the source of our e-mail accounts to get the truth,” said Ramlogan.
“The devices are an unnecessary ‘sideshow’ that has become a political circus because of the absence of any proper procedure of protocol by the police to deal with these devices in a way that does not compromise the integrity of the information that is on it,” he added.
Attorneys representing Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan and Rambachan have advised their clients to not hand over their devices to the police in the absence of “proper protocols”.
Griffith was the only person to hand over his cellphone and hard drive. (Express)