Sunday, February 18, 2018

Anand considering criminal report

ATTORNEY General Anand Ramlogan has retained a Queen’s Counsel to look into the possibility of a criminal report against Opposition Leader, Dr Keith Rowley, for defamation.

Ramlogan told the Express via telephone yesterday that his legal team is also picking apart Rowley’s statements on and after the Emailgate scandal began to determine where slander may lie.

This would include Rowley’s delivery in the Parliament on May 20, when he, Rowley, presented a series of damning e-mail conversations that he claimed flew between Ramlogan, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and an address for a Local Government minister, which he said implicated the trio in “high crime”, “misbehaviour of public office” and a massive cover-up.

Ramlogan said yesterday: “I have sent a transcript of all Dr Rowley’s speeches to my legal team for them to analyse his statements and identify the defamatory parts.

“I have also retained a Queen’s Counsel to advise on whether the matter should be reported to the Acting Commissioner of Police (Stephen Williams) for an investigation into the offense of criminal libel, to determine if criminal prosecution could be an option.”

Ramlogan said he is also scheduled to meet with those colleagues whose names were mentioned by Rowley in the e-mail scandal, as their “names were maligned and their characters impugned”.

Ramlogan, along with attorney Pamela Elder, SC, on Sunday at a news conference also announced that letters are to be sent to the Integrity Commission, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard and Acting CoP Williams, calling for maximum action into the scandal.

Those letters have been prepared by Ramlogan’s attorneys and should have been sent out today, he said yesterday.

Elder on Sunday said the Commission had “gone off on a frolic of its own” where its investigation was concerned, as it had asked Google to look into the e-mail account,, which was not among those addresses mentioned by Rowley.

The Commission’s investigation should have been limited to the documents presented in the House, Elder said.

In July, 2014, Commission chairman Ken Gordon recused himself from any role in the investigation when it was revealed that he had met privately with Rowley, at his, Gordon’s home, five days before Rowley dropped the e-mail bomb in Parliament.

Following news of the meeting, attorney to the Prime Minister, Israel Khan, wrote to the Commission’s registrar, Martin Farrell, demanding that Gordon be recused.

That call was echoed by slain Senior Counsel Dana Seetahal, who was at the time representing Ramlogan on the matter.

Contacted yesterday, Gordon said the Commission will likely be guided by its attorney from this point.

Ramlogan later said he was “surprised” that Gordon, who was not part of the investigation, had commented. 

“I cannot understand how Mr. Gordon is privy to what is going on in this matter in light of the fact that he had disqualified and excused himself,” Ramlogan said.

Director of Public Prosecutions, Roger Gaspard and Acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, could not be reached yesterday.