Sunday, January 21, 2018

Groups welcome police probe in e-mail scandal

Business organisations are happy to see an investigation by the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS)is being conducted into allegations made in Parliament about controversial e-mails during the debate on the no-confidence motion against the government this week.

“The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce welcomes the news that the TTPS has already begun investigations into the submissions made by both sides of the House. The submissions carry serious implications for the entire national image,” the Chamber said in a statement yesterday. 

The country’s largest business organisation called for “nothing less” than an urgent, efficient and thorough investigation. 

“We believe this investigation must be given top priority, and conducted with the requisite accountability and transparency that is expected. We also expect that should there be any need for an independent expert with the requisite technical expertise to assist, this would also be done expeditiously,” the release said, adding that there must be no delays in pursing the matter, as the nation deserved no less.

President of the American Chamber Hugh Howard shared similar sentiments. Speaking to the Express on Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) in Port of Spain, Howard said based on the reports he had been reading, he was of the view that “the matter is sufficiently important that there should be an impartial investigation”.

“If (the allegations are) correct then we are in a lot of trouble; if they are not then we are still in a lot of trouble, because it will have meant that people will have gone to such length to fabricate these things, not taking into consideration the implications for the country. If on the other hand it is true, then it puts T&T in the eyes of the world as a country where potential investors will be concerned—even tourists will be wary,” he said.