Emailgate probe should take one week
Ramesh claims cover-up:
By Irene Medina Associate Editor
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”.