Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley has welcomed the Integrity Commission’s investigation of the Section 34 e-mails.
“Hopefully, we will get some proper investigation,” he said.
Rowley said from day one, he had been saying the e-mails should be investigated by the commission, contrary to what the Attorney General and Prime Minister were saying.
“We will await the outcome of the investigation,” he said yesterday.
“The Government has been fighting tooth and nail and has lawyered the issue to death, but I have been saying all along that the Integrity Commission has the responsibility and duty to investigate the issue.
“It is the proper way to go to have the commission investigate those persons who are implicated, and to take their statements under oath because this is what the commission can do.
“On the other hand, the police cannot do it under oath since they cannot compel anyone to cooperate if they don’t want to,” Rowley said.
The only regret, he said, was that the investigation did not come in May, when the matter was raised in the Parliament. “It was raised there with the expectation that the commission would have started its investigations... This should have happened from the beginning.”
“What I find shocking is that both the Prime Minister and the Attorney General, who are both senior counsel, could mislead the country by stating that the commission did not have the power or the duty to investigate,” Rowley said.
He added that in light of the commission’s probe, “the population should feel comforted”.