Saturday, February 24, 2018

AG gives green light to Google


Attorney General Anand Ram­logan

Mark Fraser

 Attorney General Anand Ram­logan has given Google the green light to release information to the Integrity Commission.

However, Ramlogan believes he will get the proof as early as this week from Google to clear the names of the Prime Minister, himself and others implicated in the Section 34 Emailgate.

The Integrity Commission, on August 11, through its Ame­rican attorney, Gina Durham, filed an action before the US court to subpoena Google to provide information on three e-mail accounts believed to be connected to Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as part of its investigation into Emailgate.

On August 14, US District Judge William Orrick, of the Northern District of California Court, handed down judgment stating Google must hand over the information.

Speaking to the Express yesterday, Ramlogan said he has instructed his lawyers to serve notice in the court, in the action brought by the Integrity Commission, that both he and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar are willing and have consented to disclosure of information by Google.

“It is my hope that this will accelerate the process, given the numerous legal hurdles that we have had to cross since our subpoena was issued on Google,” said Ramlogan.

Ramlogan said the order granted by Judge Orrick for Google to release information to the Integrity Commission was procedural.

“Unfortunately, the order granting leave is not the legal

victory that the media has made it out to be. It is essentially a procedural order to allow the service of a subpoena in Google,” said Ramlogan.

He said this was done in the absence of Google and the Internet giant will now have the opportunity to respond. 

Ramlogan said Google can appeal the decision or seek to modify or quash the subpoena if it so desires, but orders for leave (which essentially means permission) are seldom refused. 

“The court has not made any factual findings but rather simply summarised the basis of the request made by the Integrity Commission. Affected parties such as the Prime Minister and myself do in fact have the power to object or appeal the decision, however, it is not our intention to do so as we have been the ones calling for direct contact to be made with Google, and I have in any event initiated my own legal proceedings against Google,” said Ramlogan.

He disclosed his own action against Google was nearing an end.




 ‘Truth will emerge’


Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal said yesterday he, too, awaits Google’s release of the information.

“I hope that the truth will emerge and Dr Rowley would be found out as a peddler of mischief that he is; it is quite a tragedy that someone can peddle anything they want and the rest of the world have to prove them right or wrong,” said Moonilal.