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....Prime Minister describes it as a fabrication, con job


Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley in Parliament today - Photo by MICHEAL BRUCE

Micheal Bruce

OPPOSITION Leader Dr Keith Rowley today read an exchange of emails alleging a conspiracy meant to silence the media and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in connection with the proclamation of Section 34.

In response, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said she has written to Acting Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams, asking that he launch an immediate investigation into the authenticity of the emails.

She said that the emails pointed to criminal intent, and alleged serious government misconduct.

However, Persad-Bissessar said she was convinced that the emails were "totally fabricated" and a "great con job".

The emails, which were released by Rowley during debate on his no confidence motion in the government, detailed a plan to tap the phone of DPP Roger Gaspard, remove him from office, and dig up dirt on a Guardian reporter pursuing the Section 34 story.

The following is the email trail:

[1] From:

Date: Sat 2 Sep 2012 22:11:00 Ė 0400


Subject: RE: Update

My lady, please relax, everything is in place, nothing to worry about. We will soon chat.

[2] Subject: Re: Whatís up



Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 02:07:36 +0000

I am worried AG. I do not want this to blow up in our faces. This has to be done seamlessly.

[3] Subject: Re: Update



Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 02:15:14 +0000

How are things going with this, do you need to brief me on anything. Did you make contact yet? Will he be on board. I donít want surprises.

[4] From:

Date: 9/06/12 22:02:45


Subject: Worry not

Nothing will be traced back to you. We are always united.

[5] Subj: Monies owed

Date: 9/06/12 11:38:04 AM SA Western Standard Time




Are you sure everything is in place. Did you chat with the DPP and ask him about it? Try and find out.

Btw, she says you are asking for much money.

[6] Subject: Re: Monies owed



Date: 9/06/12 12:15:01

I scoff that itís too much. We are the ones taking the risk. At the end of this I want a helipad on my roof top.

There is no price for freedom they know this. I do not know why you engage her.

I am yet to approach him, but will do soon.

[7] Subject: Re: Monies owed



Date: 9/06/12 12:35:45

Itís not a matter of engaging, she has done so much for us and I appreciate her. Tone down your requests and focus elsewhere for now.

[8] Subject: Re: Monies owed



Date:9/06/12 12:45:11

As you wish my lady, Take care and we shall chat later.

[9] From

Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 22:15:40-0500


Subject: Help needed

Thereís an article a reporter from Guardian called me about involving our boys. I need you to get your feelers out there and nip the story. Call the Sunday Guardian Editor and threaten her with ads if you have too just make sure the article does not come out. Will call you later.

[10] Subject: Meeting

On Sat. Sep 8, 2012 at 10:06:05 PM, wrote

Call a meeting, we need to talk urgently


Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 14:51:18-0500


Subject: Guardian article


What is going? Did you see the article. I thought you had friends in the Guardian. How could this happen? Fix it.

[12] On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM, wrote:

I saw the article. Not to worry, remember Opposition supported this. That will be our defense

[13] FROM:


Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:27 PM

Deal with this mess.

Did she speak with James? You said he could be trusted. Does she have a copy?

[14] Sunday, September 9, 2012 10:30PM

James knows he cannot say anything. I doubt she has a copy. She is bluffing. I will retain him to write a letter refuting what she said. I sent out a release already. Remember everyone supported this. The PNM will loose out for allowing this to happen. Do not worry.

[15] FROM:


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:33 AM

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?

[16] FROM:


Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 1:40 AM

I will call SSA and get B. Ganpat is out of the country, he would be against this move. You know he leaks

[17]On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 6:51 AM, wrote:

I gave instructions to B to sent him Germany for two weeks. I want someone to monitor DPP for this week. He made some statements. The normal protocol applies.

[18] FROM:


Mon Sep 10, 2012 at ÖAM

Everything is already in place in DPP office. Nothing out of the ordinary yet, Spoke with PM and she is furious

about the article. What about the reporter, tag her as well? My person..Guardian said she has a copy

of Lewis advice and is just toying with you. She does have someone in the US Embassy and is asking questions.

Last time we checked she contact Counselor to the Attorney General Channing Phillips.

Do you think someone there is feeding her?

[19] On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:51 AM, wrote:

That fÖ.. whore donít have shÖ on me. More than likely she called Thomas at the Embassy.

Do a trace on her, every reporter has skeletons in their closet and post it to our FB people

Find out how the fÖ she quoted from something she has no access too. I want this by this evening and I want to know who is her source.

[20] FROM:


Mon. Sep 10, 2012 at 11:15AM

Yes boss.

That will take the heat off a while when other things pop up. Deal with this matter AG


Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2012 23:51:31 -0400;

Subject: RE: Urgent

The US contacted me and are fÖÖ angry, I thought you had a hold on this

This will cause major backlash. They even threatened to black-list us. Come up with a plan AG.

[22] Subject: Re: Urgent



Date:Wed, 11 Sep 2012 09:21:44 +0000

Right now our best bet will be giving Gaspard a position on the bench and bring in a replacement. We could also feed our media people that Gaspard was part of the consultation at the Hall of Justice this year and he did not have a problem at the meeting. Letís try the judge position first.


Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 09:54:39


Subject: RE: Urgent

Have a chat with Archie, let them offer him the position. Archie is normally co-operative.

[24]Subject: Re: Urgent


Have you dealt with the mess yet? We are getting bad press. Deal with this AG

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 09:59:44

[25] Subject: Re: Urgent

To: anan@gmailcom;

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 13:00:42 -0000

How things looking? The media are having a field day, PM is angry. The US also on the case.

[26] Subject: Re: Urgent


Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 14:00:22 +0000

Something is not right with that she knows too much. Did you find out her source? I was the only one who had this and she does not know Lewis. She does not know any QC, that I found out from her court colleague. She quoted things and asking questions to lawyers that no one knows.. did you find out anything on are things at DPP.

[27] Subject: Re: Urgent



Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2012 15:00

Will check with DPP status and give you a report later. The reporter does have a history. She has a file..itís really touch and go. She was in Florida at an institution in late 2003. attempted suicide. Her family are PNM, dad was in jail and recently released. Also added some stuff and sent it to FB. They will take it from there.

[28] From:

Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:47:08

Subject: Deal with the problem

This bÖch is becoming a problem to me. Iím told she has copies of documents and possibly cheques I donít want

to leave anything to chance. I want this dealt with. find a way. I passed info to FB and they would fÖ her up but thatís not enough. Do something to slow her, PM is angry I assured her things will be good. I feel like I failed.. just deal with that bÖch soon if she has what I think, then we will all be implicated.

[29] Subject: Re: Deal with problem


Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 20:58:-2

What did you have in mind: Does she drive, walk, do you know her movements. We should meet and discuss. How soon.

[30] Re: Deal with problem

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:00PM

I donít care what you do, just deal with the problem soon. Gary has the file on her . Whatever is one, let it be done through a third party. This is getting out of hand now. PM is frantic and is begging me for a distraction. I donít think anything on Hart will provide that. I gave her the assurance that things will be ok. I also advised her to get rid of Volney, but she is weighing her options.

[31] Subject: Re: deal with problem



Date: Wed 19 Sep 2012 10:08:32

She will face opposition if she even contemplates getting rid of you. But donít worry, we will chat tomorrow and finalize plans for that girl .

Among the email addresses mentioned by Rowley - ,, and

In a press conference called while the debate was in progress at around 6.45 p.m, Persad-Bissessar said she had asked that Acting Police Commissioner Williams investigate the authenticity of the emails and take action according to the law.

However, Persad-Bissessar said she was disappointed that Rowley, who said he had shown the information to then Preisdent Max Richards six months ago, had not handed the documents to Williams for investigation.

Persad-Bissessar also said that the emails were never raised in meetings she had with former President Richards. She asked that Rowley cooperate with the investigation.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, in responding to the charges, denied that the email belonged to him, saying he had nothing to hide and the claim made by Rowley was a shameful attempt to damage the international reputation of the government.

He said the claim was "pure and utter fabrication", "an act of

political desperation", and "nothing short of character assassination".

Opposition Chief Whip Marlene McDonald responded by saying that the Attorney General had failed to respond to Rowley's motion.

The email exchange is purported to have happened last September

when there was swift public outrage sparked by the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act 2011.

Section 34 enabled persons who stand accused of an indictable offence to apply to a judge to throw out a case if more than ten years had passed since the commission of the alleged offence and if the trial had not yet started.

United National Congress (UNC) financiers Ish Galbaransingh and Steve Ferguson were among several accused who applied to the court to be freed and whose cases were thrown out in the High Court and now appealed. Section 34 was eventually repealed in a special sitting of the Parliament.

The no confidence motion being debated reads: Whereas the sanctity of the Parliament and lawfully constituted institutions and other authorities are fundamental to our democracy and must be protected at all times; and Whereas by a series of actions, the UNC-led Government of Trinidad and Tobago under the leadership of the Prime Minister, has attacked and conspired to undermine key institutions of State, namely: The Judiciary; The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; The Parliamentary Opposition; and The Media; and Whereas other Members of the Cabinet of Trinidad and Tobago, specifically, the Attorney General and the Minister of Local Government have also participated in such attacks against these important institutions of our democracy: Be it resolved that this House confirms its loss of confidence in the Prime Minister and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Rowley called on the office of the DPP to take action to protect citizens, and for President Anthony Carmona to moved swiftly to appoint members to the Integrity Commission so that it could investigate the claims made.

Debate is expected to continue into tonight.

(Richard Charan - Multimedia Editor)