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Trinidad and Tobago Police: No digital proof needed to investigate emailgate

Trinidad and Tobago Acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams said opposition leader Keith Rowley does not need to provide digital proof of the batch of emails he presented in the Parliament May 20, purporting that government officials were conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm to a journalist, bribe the DPP into accepting a position of judge and seeking to get the assistance of Chief Justice Ivor Archie to help them accomplish their plan.

Information Technology columnist Mark Lyndersay said Rowley may need to furnish investigators with digital proof of his claims so the contents can be properly traced back to the alleged sources potentially incriminated in the matter. Lyndersay also indicated that anyone can create what looks like email exchanges between several persons.

Williams said that anyone with the required technological knowledge can design what looks like an email exchange between parties; but explained that in spite of this, while it would have been more useful for the opposition leader to provide the electronic proof of his claims, he does not necessarily have to do so.

He said once they find reasonable suspicion that a criminal offence was committed then they will consider one or two avenues to obtain the devices used in the alleged email exchanges; either through a warrant or a court order. The communication reportedly involved emails belonging to Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Works and Infrastructure and Local Government Minister Suruj Rattan Rambachan and advisor to the Prime Minister Captain Gary Griffith.

All the parties named in the email exchanges admitted that the email addresses belonged to them, but denied any involvement in such an exchange.

The government showed discrepancies in the email content presented by Rowley, which included inconsistent dates and invalid email addresses.

Persad-Bissessar asked Williams for an immediate investigation into the claims.

Williams said Rowley being the one purporting to have the incriminating emails is an integral part of the investigation.


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