Tech Giant Google Submits Report to Trinidad Police Amid Scandal Allegations Against Prime Minister
The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) says it has received communication from the internet service provider, Google, as investigations continue into allegations that Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar and some of her senior government ministers were involved in a sinister plot to undermine the judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the media.
Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley had in 2013 told legislators that he had received in December 2012, a total of 31 emails, from a “whistle blower” indicating how operatives within the government had sought to undermine those institutions. He said he had passed them on to the Office of the President.
The government has denied the allegations and in some instances sought legal remedies.
The TTPS in a statement said that it had received the Google communication through the Central Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and that “the information contained in the communication is voluminous in nature and the alleged e-mails are being analysed by the TTPS to determine their authenticity.
“Commissioner of Police (Ag), Stephen Williams, has given the assurance the outcome of the investigation will be made public in due course.
“The Commissioner of Police recognises the importance of the issue to the general public and accordingly advises that the matter is being treated with the level of urgency required and expected,” the release said.
The announcement by the police came less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Persad Bissessar told a public meeting of her United National Congress (UNC) that she wanted the police to wrap up the investigations into so called “emailgate” scandal.
“I call upon the acting Commissioner of Police and the Director of Public Prosecutions to indicate what the position is in this regard. I’ve also asked my lawyers to make such representation on my behalf to their offices.
“If the e-mail information sent from the US authorities has in fact been received directly from Google by the police concerning my e-mail account and those of other ministers, then those investigations must move with dispatch, must move swiftly to conclude that investigation having regard of the serious nature of the allegations.
“I ask that the findings be made public as a matter of urgency so the damage done to our country’s reputation can be restored,” she said, warning Rowley to be prepared for more legal action.
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