Report: Laser beam used to spy on DPP
Denyse Renne firstname.lastname@example.org
A report confirming that a highly sophisticated laser beam was used to monitor activities at the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Richmond Street, Port of Spain, office has been submitted to acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams.
Sources say the report was prepared and signed off by Sen Supt Gary Gould of the Special Branch.
Though no bugging device was found, the one-paragraph report said evidence of a laser beam was detected on the walls of the conference room at the DPP’s office.
The conference room is used by senior DPP staff to discuss high profile matters with attorneys both local and foreign.
Contacted yesterday for a comment, Gould said: “I do not wish to discuss that issue.”
Pressed further on whether he in fact had signed off on the report and whether the contents will be forwarded to investigators probing the Section 34 e-mails which allegedly implicates several senior Government ministers, Gould said:
“I do not wish to discuss that issue at this time and I cannot discuss that issue.”
On May 20, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley read 31 e-mails purported to be from addresses belonging to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Works and Infrastructure Minister Suruj Rambachan and then national security adviser to the Prime Minister, Gary Griffith (now National Security Minister).
The correspondences had addressed the Section 34 fiasco, offering the DPP a judgeship and the intimidation of a journalist.
The e-mails also spoke about “accessing taps in the DPP office”.
One of the e-mails, dated September 10, 2012, read: “We have a problem. Things are getting heated. Need access to taps in DPP office. I want to know what his next move is. How soon can you arrange?”
Contacted for a comment yesterday, Williams said: “That is an old issue, I commented on that already”.
Told that he commented on there not being a physical device, Williams was then asked whether remnants of the laser beam were in fact found.
“I have no comment to make on anything,” he said.
Following the disclosure in Parliament, Persad-Bissessar and her Government have denied any knowledge of the e-mails. The Prime Minister wrote to Williams asking that a probe be conducted. Williams in turn mandated his deputy Mervyn Richardson to head the investigation.
Following several interviews by his officers, Richardson indicated he had written to Google and Microsoft last month seeking information on the e-mail exchanges. He indicated both service providers are yet to respond.