PM confirms email address, claims fabrication; AG dares Rowley to make claims outside Parliament

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Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has called on the Acting Commissioner of Police to investigate claims by Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley.

The Prime Minister held a news conference on Monday evening as the debate on the Motion of No Confidence in the Government continued in the Parliament.

On Dr. Rowley's claim to have email correspondence on the Section 34 fiasco, the Prime Minister confirmed that the email address he cited,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , is in fact her account. However, she said the emails he read in the Parliament were totally fabricated, and described them as a big con job.

She said: "These emails, I want to say categorically, are a total fabrication as far as they implicate my name and I am advised by the Attorney General and Captain Gary Griffith that the emails that are purported to be from them are also fabrications. However, given the serious nature of the allegations, I am really surprised that the Leader of the Opposition would have had these in his possession for six months and did not see it fit to pass it to the Commissioner of Police." 

The Prime Minister said she has written the Acting Police Commissioner to investigate the matter.

"I hereby request that you cause an investigation into these very serious allegations and ascertain the authenticity of those emails and to take such action as is required, according to the laws of Trinidad and Tobago. Notwithstanding that we are of the view that these are fabricated emails that the Commissioner of Police should have sight of them and should undertake an investigation into the allegations being made."

Earlier in the Parliament, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan said the Motion of No Confidence against the Government was entirely misconceived, an abuse of Parliament and a waste of time.

In response to the Opposition Leader's statement in the Parliament, the AG described the email bombshell presented by the Opposition Leader as baseless, malicious and without any foundation.

The Attorney General stated that the Motion was "very interesting and curious" and the alleged emails presented by the Opposition Leader are absurd.

He said Dr. Rowley is always in search of a political bombshell and that is why he came to Parliament with the email story.

"Mr. Speaker, how ridiculous are we going to get? To think that we would sit down to plot this massive conspiracy. These conspirational overtones that we would plot it and carry it out from two Gmail accounts in odd hours of the night, threatening to call people all sorts of names. I mean this is scandalous, it is an abuse of Parliament, it is a waste of Parliament time and it is a malicious attack on people's character."

AG Ramlogan said it is not the first time the Opposition Leader has brought false allegations against him and challenged Dr. Rowley to bring the evidence outside of the Parliament.

"Today I want to tell the Member for Diego Martin West: if you name man, repeat it outside the Parliament and I will see you in court. This is an utter character assassination. Repeat it outside the Parliament and you will pay the consequences."

The Attorney General pointed out that any 11 year old can set up an email account in a few seconds.

"It’s This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . So I don't know where this is coming from. This is hilarious and my learned friend wants the DPP and the Integrity Commission to investigate this matter. Listen, Mr. Speaker, I have no problem. I will bring the whole laptop, put it on his lap and if he wants he can take it by hand. I really have nothing to hide in the matter because I don't have any Gmail account, have never had a Gmail account. It is one TSTT account."

The Attorney General noted that every single story on Section 34 has been published and wondered what is the conspiracy to prevent people from saying what they want.

"I was a Sunday columnist with the Sunday Guardian for over 10 years in this country. I know the editors, I know them and if I have something to say, I will call them myself."

The Attorney General said the Opposition Leader cannot be trusted and failed to get the facts right.

He pointed out that in the case of the Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) and BAE, when the PNM suggested that the Government owed BAE, it was in fact BAE that had to pay the Government $1.4 billion.  

Mr. Ramlogan also said the Judiciary and the DPP have never claimed Government interference as Dr. Rowley claimed there was.

Written by C News