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Cops write Google

By Nalinee Seelal Wednesday, August 20 2014

The police team led by Snr Supt Baldeo Nanan yesterday wrote to Google, the search engine giant, asking the company to preserve in its system all emails sent and received by four persons in Trinidad and Tobago under probe in the Section 34 email controversy.

Newsday understands the team was guided on how to write the letter by Deputy DPP Joan Honore-Paul which was despatched late yesterday.

The police team, according to sources, is seeking to ensure that after information from Google requested by the Integrity Commission is received, that information is retained by Google and preserved so the police could have access to it when it is so required.

The police are hoping that Google responds in quick time so the police probe could be concluded. Sources also revealed the police team had asked the Central Authority based at the Office of the Attorney General to draft a letter to send to Google requesting information on emails sent by four persons on the probe, however there appears to be a disagreement between the Central Authority and the police over the request.

Newsday understands the four persons under probe had written to the Central Authority stating that during the initial investigation they were only asked to provide information on emails sent and received between September 1 and September 20, 2012. The four persons said they had no problem with the police getting that information from Google, however the police team now wants the Central Authority to ask Google to provide information covering that specific period so that they can widen the scope of their investigations.

According to well-placed sources, the Central Authority believes that the police should not make such a request and this has resulted in a letter which was supposed to be transmitted to Google by the police not being sent.

Newsday understands that negotiations have been taking place to come to an agreement between the Central Authority and the police as investigators attempt to bring closure to the probe which started in May 2013.

The four persons under probe are Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Minister of Works Suruj Rambachan and Minister of National Security Gary Griffith.

Three of the four persons have retained Senior Counsel to represent them in this matter except for Griffith.

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