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Al Rawi: A gimmick and attempt to distract

By CAROL MATROO Monday, August 25 2014

Public Relations Officer of the People’s National Movement, Faris Al Rawi, says Attorney General Anand Ramlogan’s announcement yesterday of Google revealing that the purported emails between himself and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar do not exist is an attempt to distract the population from the Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2014 debate scheduled for tomorrow. He claimed it was a gimmick.

“No doubt the story would dominate the media tomorrow (Monday). I am confident the AG did not receive this information on a Sunday, but it is convenient for him to exercise what he has done by putting it in the public domain so that Monday’s news is changed away from the savagery which they are conducting against the citizens of this country,” Al Rawi said during an impromptu news conference at his office, corner Duke and St Vincent Streets, Port-of-Spain, yesterday evening.

Al Rawi called the conference in response to Ramlogan’s announcement that Google had confirmed that alleged emails between him and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar did not exist. Ramlogan also gave copies to the media of a document sent by Google to a US court in which they also said the email addresses attached to the purported emails do not exist.

However, Al Rawi, speaking on behalf of Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, who is currently in the United Kingdom, said because the Senate was at the cusp of the Constitutional Amendment debate, he (Ramlogan) had an interest in vindicating himself by making these disclosures to the public.

“The PNM calls for the public’s response to this matter meaning the police and the Intregrity Commission. We are not satisfied the population should be appeased by an interested party, meaning Mr Ramlogan and the Prime Minister (making these disclosures). We wish to remind the population that the very disclosures by Mr Ramlogan prove the propriety of Dr Rowley going into the Parliament and calling for an investigation,” he said.

Al Rawi said the affidavit coming out of Google was “tailor made” for what the AG asked them to look for.

“This matter is still pending. The official investigation, the Integrity Commission and the police are yet to speak on this issue. We do not accept the AG’s version as an interested third party as to what has happened in this matter. He is properly entitled to seek to defend himself, but I don’t want for the population to run away with the story that this matter has been put to rest. Do not be fooled by these charades. The jury is still out and the investigation is still ongoing,” Al Rawi said.

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