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Roasting for Rowley

PNM leader feels PP's e-mails fury
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Attorney General Anand Ramlogan explains issues surrounding the e-mails submitted in Parliament on Monday by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley during a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister, during a media conference at his office yesterday. PHOTO: KEARRA GOPEE

A con job fabricated by the People’s National Movement (PNM). With that dismissal, People’s Partnership (PP) House leader Roodal Moonilal yesterday detailed what he said were glaring inconsistencies in the e-mails which Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley produced in Parliament on Monday.



Rowley, piloting his no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Government, had read out excerpts of the e-mails to support his claim of “high crimes and conspiracy” by the Government on the Section 34 issue. Yesterday, however, Partnership leaders from the UNC and COP “roasted” Rowley’s claims, defending the Government against his statements.


UNC deputy leader Moonilal, speaking in yesterday’s debate, said nothing about the motion on the agenda had prepared him for what was read out on Monday. He said if he looked shocked in pictures in the print media yesterday, it was because he was shocked, in awe and disbelief that the Parliament had sunk to an all-time low and Rowley could try to base his motion on a “few pages of typewritten script.”


“This is an attempt to demonstrate and argue that the Section 34 matter has deeper, darker origins,” Moonilal said. “The Opposition would like to keep that matter alive and they’ve reached a point where they don’t know what to do, so they got their hands on this and concocted, after the event, a series of e-mails to synchronise with events that occurred.


“So these e-mails are a fabrication and the way it’s cut and pasted, he (Rowley) may know the fabricator. So I brought a helmet, gloves and goggles—this is for you, as a fabricator,” Moonilal told Rowley in the House. Rowley protested that Moonilal was accusing him of fabricating the e-mails. Moonilal said the Government had passed the e-mails to the relevant experts who knew about such things.


Listing inconsistencies found, he said the subject of one e-mail came first, and was something that was not done. He said in another, an address, “[email protected],” was unusual, since a minimum of six characters was needed. Moonilal said: “Those who know about these things confirmed that when you apply for a gmail account you need to use six characters minimum. The ‘anan’ name is four characters only.”


He added: “Also on the e-mail entitled ‘Help Needed,’ the document comes from ‘[email protected]’—now that’s a con job. I don’t know which e-mail could be transmitted with ‘.con.’ This is no typo or smudge.” He said the standard in e-mail communication is “.com.” Moonilal said the e-mail writers also got dates wrong. He said: “One had Tuesday when that was another day. They also had two days with the same date—a Monday and a Tuesday. Also the Wednesday 11 on one e-mail was really Tuesday 11 of September.”


He said another significant inconsistency is that one e-mail was being sent from two addresses at the same time. “How can you send an e-mail from two addresses at the same time?” he said. “You know this is a fake as it’s impossible to do that. 



“I also saw an e-mail purportedly addressed to the Prime Minister from the Attorney General beginning ‘My lady.’ But the Attorney General doesn’t talk like that. I don’t think he could talk like that. I don’t even think he would talk like that if you put it on a piece of paper for him; he won’t say it—but that is how they concocted this matter. “They also had an e-mail which alleges the Prime Minister used foul language. So you knew immediately this was not the Prime Minister.



“That language doesn’t emanate from her. As provoked as she might be at the time, those of us know the boundary of that language and it is nowhere close to that. “Then there’s reference to someone alleged to be a US embassy official and the allegations were on September 10 in the e-mail. But the gentleman arrived in T&T in late November of the same year. So this was a cut-and-paste job placed on a letter and copied.”


Noting that Rowley did not take the e-mails to his colleagues, media or the authorities, Moonilal said although the e-mails involved very serious allegations of a conspiracy to commit murder, illegal wiretaps at the DPP’s office and perverting the course of justice, Rowley never took the matter to the police even to try to protect anyone’s life. Rowley, who is expected to wind up debate today, is expected to shed more light on the  e-mails, the PNM stated yesterday. 


During a press conference at his Cabildo Chambers office in Port-of-Spain yesterday,  Ramlogan challenged Rowley to engage him in a public debate on the 31 “bogus” e-mails he presented in Parliament on Monday.


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