Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Emailgate probe should take one week

Ramesh claims cover-up:

Former attorney ge­neral Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj claimed yester­day there has been a cover-up in the email­gate affair since May 2013.

It is now ten months since the Police Service launched an investigation into allegations of criminal activity involving Prime Min­ister Kamla Persad-

Bis­sessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Local Go-­

vernment Minister Suruj

Rambachan, Hou­sing Min-­ ister Dr Roo­dal Moonilal and National Se­cu­rity Minister Gary Griffith.

On May 20 last year, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Row­ley revealed a series of 31 “e-mails” purported to have been exchanged among the four, the contents of which alleged wrongdoing against the top officials.

Yesterday, during a

media conference at City Hall, Port of Spain, Maharaj said there has been little or no headway in the inves­tigation.

He said he believes the investigation could have been solved within a week, using the tools that were available.

He said the allegations against Persad-Bissessar and her Cabinet ministers are worse than those made in the Watergate scandal in the United States.

Maharaj also feels the Peo­ple’s Partnership Gov­ern­ment has an obligation to have established an independent enquiry, and the AG should not preside over the Central Authority and his ministry while this enquiry was be­ing conducted because alle­ga­tions were made in the e-mails against the AG.

Maharaj said the Central Authority was established by the Mutual Legal Assis­tance Act of Trinidad and Tobago, and this act gives the Gov­ernment the power to get assistance from the governments of the USA, Bri­tain, Canada and any oth­er Commonwealth coun­try to ascertain the true source and identity of the e-mails.

“‘Emailgate’ cannot be buried because the public must know the truth, in the same way the public in the USA wanted to know the truth about president Nixon; when the truth was known, he had to leave office.”

Maharaj provided two cases in the UK which showed Google and other Inter­net service providers can be compelled to pro­vide the information on “emailgate”.