Former PM happy with decision to end e-mail probe

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar Wednesday welcomed the decision by the police to end the investigations into the so-called “e-mailgate” scandal that sought to link her and several other senior members of her then People’s Partnership government to a sinister plot to undermine the judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the media a few years ago.

“We knew these things were false from day one. It took almost five years to clear your name. Five years for my name to be cleared together with the other ministers who were said to be involved in a criminal conspiracy.

“Imagine they can do that to a sitting prime minister and sitting government ministers, what they can do to you, the ordinary man, Jane, Mary and Lella, and ordinary Harry,” she said at a news conference here.

Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Michael Pierre told a news conference that the “Office of the Director of Public Prosecution does not believe that a realistic prospect of conviction existed in relation to any identifiable suspect with respect to the offence of misconducts in public office or for any other offences against the laws of Trinidad and Tobago.

“In other words, the evidence gathered did not reach the threshold required for any criminal charges to be recommended against any person,” Pierre said, adding “this therefore brings an end to the investigation”.

In his detailed report of the investigation by the police, Pierre said that only one of those named in the email threads “surrendered his device to the TTPS cybercrime unit and it was interrogated.

“Representatives of the other persons named met with the police in order to facilitate the surrender of their devices for interrogation. This meeting was aborted before the interrogation of the devices was completed because of the failure of the relevant parties to agree to an arrangement suggested by the TTPS,” Pierre said.

On May 20, 2013, then Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley told Parliament he had received 31 e-mails purporting to show correspondence between then prime minister Persad Bissessar, attorney general Anand Ramlogan, local government and works Minister Suruj Rambachan and security adviser Gary Griffith outlining the plot.

The ministers and Griffith, who is now the police commissioner, had always denied the allegation.


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