Email probe to get foreign help

PORT OF SPAIN — Although his meeting with Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan did not pan out yesterday, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson said the investigations into “emailgate” were “at pace” and foreign help was on the way.

Richardson was appointed to conduct the probe into the e-mails disclosed by Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley during his motion of no confidence against the Prime Minister on May 20.

The content of the e-mails allegedly exposed a criminal conspiracy by high office-holders to discredit and physically harm a journalist; to plant bugs in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions; to have the DPP removed from office; and to accept payment from an unnamed person in exchange for freedom in relation to the Section 34 fiasco.

Last Tuesday, Richardson kicked off the probe with a meeting with Rowley.

Yesterday, he was supposed to meet Ramlogan and Rambachan but it never happened.

Speaking to the Express by phone, Richardson said it is expected that he will meet with the two some time this week.

He said he attended the funeral of former commissioner of police Kenny Mohammed.

Richardson did not say when exactly he intends to meet with PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

However, he did confirm that foreign expertise was “on its way” to assist in the investigations.

Last week, during his meeting with the police team, Rowley was asked to hand over his computer as investigations continue.

Rowley said he was willing to do so once a written request was made.

Asked if he had written to Rowley, Richardson said he (Rowley) should be in receipt of a letter soon.

Questioned on whether he confidently believes that this investigation would bear fruit and whether the veracity of the e-mails will be accomplished, Richardson said: “I would hope so. I think this is the intention of the investigation, to investigate the veracity of allegations, I can’t say what the end result would be.” (Express)

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