Tuesday, February 20, 2018

No police report from AG in wife issue

Not a single police report has been filed by Attorney General Anand Ramlogan or his wife, Nalini, following their claims investigative repor­ter Anika Gumbs impersonated a police officer in pursuing a story.

Even Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson was at a loss when the Express contacted him on Monday on whether an official police report was made against Gumbs.

“I have received no report. Nobody has made any report to me,” Richardson said.

Ramlogan’s attorney, Pamela Eld­er, SC, in a letter to Express editor-in-chief Omatie Lyder dated September 5, 2013, claimed Gumbs impersona­ted a police officer to gain access to the Barrackpore home of his in-laws, Samlal and Shantee Nanan, last Wednesday and advised, “She has contravened Section 62 of the Police Service Act Chap 15:01, which provides that any person who ‘in any way pretends to be a police officer for any purpose which he would not by law be entitled to do of his own authority is liable on summary conviction to a fine of thirty thousand dollars and to imprisonment for three years’.”

Gumbs had journeyed to the AG’s Palm Villas home in Palmiste last Tuesday to interview his wife, Nali­­ni, and then to his in-laws’ Barrackpore home last Wednesday.

The Express has proof that Gumbs did not impersonate a police officer nor did she pose as a family member or friend of the family du­ring any of the interviews conducted during the investigation as claimed by the Ramlogans.

And on Monday, checks at the Barrackpore Police Station revealed no police report was made against Gumbs.

Similarly, no report has been made against Gumbs by Mrs Ramlogan at the San Fernando Police Station although in his legal letter to Lyder on September 7, her attorney, Jagdeo Singh, alleged Gumbs posed as a police officer twice, first at Pal­miste where the Ramlogans live and then at the home of Mrs Ramlogan’s parents in Barrackpore where Gumbs had gone in pursuit of a story last week.

Singh’s letter also claimed Gumbs impersonated a police officer attached to the San Fernando Police Sta­tion when she interviewed Ram­lo­gans’ neighbour Abdel Mohammed.

However, Express records show Gumbs never spoke to Mohammed and did not identify herself as a friend of the Ramlogan family as claimed by the Ramlogans as helper Goomatie Ragbir, who worked with her at the Guardian South Bureau, identified Gumbs to Mrs Ramlogan as a journalist.

The legal letters followed a number of questions that were e-mailed to Ramlogan after Gumbs obtained certain information and was seeking a response from him.

Questions were also sent to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar relating to the matter, but no response has been forthcoming.

In fact, the PM said on Monday she was standing by her AG until there is evidence to show otherwise.