Kamla hands over electronic equipment as T&T police probe continues

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Wednesday June 26, 2013 – Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has handed over computer equipment to the police as investigations continue into allegations that she and senior members of her government were involved in a plot to undermine the judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution and the media.

During a two hour meeting with the police on Tuesday, Prime Minister Persad Bissessar, accompanied by her lawyer and Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal, said it would be inappropriate to comment on the investigations.

“We had a very fruitful discussion. As you know, this matter is an ongoing police investigation and, therefore, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on it,” she added.

Last month, Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley presented 31 emails to Parliament during a debate on a motion of no confidence against the government.

The emails purport to show that members of the government, including Prime Minister Persad Bissessar, were engaged in efforts to undermine the judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the media.

The government has denied the allegation and earlier this month, Senior Counsel, Israel Khan, the attorney for Prime Minister Persad Bissessar made available to reporters a United States-based forensic expert, John Berryhill, who said that the documents were faked.

Meanwhile, media reports Wednesday said that attorneys for Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Local Government and Works Minister Suruj Rambachan, have not handed over the electronic equipment of those ministers despite meeting with the police.

“We went to the police head­quar­ters with the mobile devices and the computers of the two Cabinet members. We had lengthy discussions concerning the handover of equipment, however, the police were unable to satisfy us as to the protocol that would be adopted once the equip­ment was left in their cus­to­dy,” attorney Larry Lalla, one of two attorneys told reporters.

Lalla told the Trinidad Express newspaper that they would continue communicating with Deputy Commissioner of Police Mervyn Rich­ardson, who is leading the probe, with a view to handing over the relevant equipment by the end of the week, “once they address the protocol concerns”. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)