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Email probe will end in arrest

PORT OF SPAIN — The on-going police investigation into the series of e-mails allegedly implicating several government ministers in Section 34 criminal activity could only end in arrests.

This is the opinion of the prime minister’s attorney, Israel Khan SC.

“Arrest who you have to arrest, but somebody going to be arrested,” Khan said yesterday at a media conference at his office on Abercromby Street, Port of Spain.

He said the 31 e-mails read by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley during a motion of no confidence in Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and the government last month allegedly implicated them in a criminal plot.

“If the e-mails are true, well arrest the prime minister and the attorney general and charge them. If it is false and it could have been figured out before by just checking before you run your mouth in Parliament. He (Rowley) could be charged for misbehaviour in public office which is a criminal offence,” Khan said

Khan said it “was a very serious offence” to go to parliament and accuse a prime minister of plotting to commit a crime which had “far-reaching implications”.

“It will turn on him if is false, if it is true arrest who you have to arrest,” he said.

Khan said it was irresponsible of Rowley to “take such garbage and reveal it in Parliament” but believed that Rowley may have been “set up” to read out the e-mails.

“If he foolish enough to get set-up, somebody set him up. I wouldn’t be surprised at the politics, somebody set him up,” he said.

He invited the opposition to find an expert opinion if they did not trust him to be unbiased in the situation.

“They do not have to follow our expert, get you own expert. If the expert here because I paid him on behalf of the Prime Minister, then you (Rowley) get an expert. Let us see if they would say otherwise,” Khan said.

Khan also criticised the police for dragging their feet in the investigation, saying seven days have elapsed since Persad-Bissessar submitted a signed statement to the police and they have not heard anything since.

“They taking Trinidadian time to investigate it, they dragging their feet, that is the way we do things in this country,” Khan said.

“Police have not made a request of her as yet in order for their expert to examine those instruments and such,” Khan said. (Express)

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