Richardson: End the ‘sideshows’

Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson

PORT OF SPAIN — Lead investigator in the “emailgate” case, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson yesterday called for an end to what he described as the “sideshows” by various paid computer experts, making pronouncements on the same e-mails he is investigating.

While Richardson said the parallel, privately funded findings were not interfering with his own investigation, he said it was “convoluting” the system outside the courts and may be prejudicing the issue in the court of public opinion.

“For the sake of transparency and accountability, those who know better should stop making statements that seem to be seeking to undermine the investigation,” Richardson said in a telephone interview.

Richardson said the investigations were moving at a “satisfactory pace” but could not reveal more because he said “it was sensitive” and “guarded”.

“It is not adding anything to the police investigation,” he said.

Richardson said he would not say whether Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s legal adviser, Israel Khan SC, was right to make public the finding of US computer expert Jon Berryhill, who claimed the e-mail addresses submitted by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley as part of his no-confidence motion in the PM were false.

“But if anyone has information that they believe could assist the investigations, the correct thing would be to give it to the police and we would deal with it,” Richardson said.

“It is not helping if people have all sort of things to say because it may cause more concern.”

He also called for everyone involved to respect the police investigating the matter.

“I am a professional police officer and have been doing this job for 40 years. I wouldn’t want to start responding to all the things being said because I am staying away from the politics of it,” he said.

Attorney General Anand Ramlogan was the first to produce a report on the alleged e-mails that implicated him, the prime minister and other high-ranking Government officials in purported criminal plots and the Section 34 fiasco.

By June 8, Ramlogan sent his statement to the investigators but included the findings of two information technology experts who had already determined the e-mails to be fake.

In that statement, which was made public by the media, both IT professionals noted discrepancies that led them to deem the documents false and tampered with. (Express)

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