Time for email probe to end

PORT OF SPAIN — Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar’s attorney, Israel Khan SC, yesterday called on police to wrap up the now 49-day-long e-mail investigation before the July 29 by-election.

In a telephone interview, Khan said he was frustrated that the police investigations into the e-mail issue has not progressed and remained “hanging over the Prime Minister’s head”.

Khan said the Acting Commissioner of Police, Stephen Williams, was able to make a pronouncement on the matter, referring to an exclusive interview with the Express on Monday in which Williams said the e-mails were fake.

He said though the investigation was being led by Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Richardson, Williams’s statement was still relevant.

“It is the DCP who has to bring him (Williams) up to date on what is going on,” Khan said.

Khan questioned whether there was a politics at play within the investigation.

“They have had sufficient time, the Prime Minister has said she will write to the service providers and waive her right to privacy for the month of September and to date we have not heard from them. Is it that Richardson already knows the e-mails to be false?” he asked.

Khan said the matter, once resolved, would implicate either the Prime Minister and the Attorney General in criminal conduct and misbehaviour in public office or implicate Opposition Dr Keith Rowley and his source in charges of treason.

“Why aren’t they moving to expedite this? Who is the guilty party? Could be politics playing out here,” he said.

Khan said with Williams making one comment, while Richardson has not yet concluded investigation, it gave the impression that there was a “split” in the senior police service.

Larry Lalla, attorney for Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, confirmed yesterday that there has been no major update in the investigation. The case hinged on the lack of proper technical and legal protocols in place to deal with the sensitive equipment belonging to both Ramlogan and Local Government, Works and Transport Minister Dr Suruj Rambachan, he said.

“I wrote to the DCP on Friday. We have not yet arrived at a fully consensual point with regards to the protocol issue,” Lalla said. (Express)

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