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US court gives Integrity Commission green light to subpoena Google

Published:Wednesday | August 20, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar. - File
Gary Griffith
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PORT-OF-SPAIN (CMC):

A United States court has granted a subpoena to the Integrity Commission here allowing it to request information from the Internet search engine, Google, as part of its investigation into the alleged 'Emailgate' scandal here.

Justice William H Orrick of the Northern District of California Court, on August 14, granted the application for subpoena seeking information for the email accounts anand@gmail.com, anand@tstt.net.tt, and kamlapb1@gmail.com, "which the Commission said was relevant to a criminal investigation into possible governmental corruption.

Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, on May 20, 2013, told Parliament he had received 31 emails purporting to show correspondence between Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, Local Government and Works Minister Suruj Rambachan and then security adviser Gary Griffith, in a sinister move to undermine the judiciary, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the media.

Rowley said the emails, dating back to September 2012, were from people concerned with the government's defence of the early proclamation of Section 34 of the Administration of Justice (Indictable Proceedings) Act that had the effect of allowing people, whose trial has not started after a 10-year period, to walk free and a verdict of not guilty entered against their names.