THE failure of global search engine Google to respond to local authorities is one of the few things “holding back” the police as they investigate emailgate.
In a telephone interview with the Express yesterday, lead investigator DCP Mervyn Richardson said: “I still haven’t received a response from them but I am hopeful that they will respond in the shortest possible time. I am hopeful because I have no jurisdiction or control over the speed at which they respond.”
Richardson added: “The enquiry is proceeding and that is one of the few things that is holding back the whole thing.”
On May 20, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Local Government and Works and Transport Minister Suruj Rambachan were alleged to have been involved in a section 34 conspiracy in yet unproven e-mail correspondence which was ventilated during Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley’s motion of no-confidence in the Prime Minister and the government.
Security adviser to the Prime Minister, Gary Griffith, who was also implicated in the alleged e-mail thread, surrendered his electronic items to police but the Prime Minister and her government ministers have all refused.
The police have so far not been able to look at the electronic devices belonging to either Persad-Bissessar, Ramlogan or Rambachan. Legal advisers for the three, Israel Khan SC, Pamela Elder SC and Larry Lalla, have refused to hand over the devices until the necessary legal and technical protocols are put in place.
Asked whether the police have sought to use the Central Authority through the office of the Attorney General, Richardson said the police were “doing all that is possible”.