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Trinidad AG to release emails linked to “emailgate” scandal probe

Published:Sunday | September 7, 2014 | 9:14 AM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sept. 7, CMC –E-mail service provider, Google Inc, will have access to the personal email account of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan who has decided not to challenge the subpoena issued to Google surrounding the 'Emailgate' scandal.



This latest development was revealed in a letter from the US law firm representing Ramlogan, ComputerLaw Group LLP to Timothy Alger, one of the attorneys representing Google Inc.



The letter, sent to the Sunday Express newspaper by Ramlogan, outlined several grounds on which it said the Attorney General had a right to challenge the “overboard request” by the Integrity Commission including the release of confidential information related to national security, confidential financial records and spousal communications.



However, it pointed out that Ramlogan did not wish to challenge the subpoena issued to Google from the Integrity Commission seeking the information “so that his good name can be cleared”.



The Integrity Commission had initially issued a subpoena to Google requesting information on e-mails exchanged between the address anand@tstt.net.tt and the following accounts, kamlapb1@gmail.com, captaingarygriffith@hotmail.com and surujrambachan@gmail.com for several dates in the month September 2012.



The alleged e-mails which Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley raised in Parliament in May last year alleging criminal conspiracy related to the Section 34 fiasco by Ramlogan, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Minister of National Security Gary Griffith and Works Minister Surujrattan Rambachan.

The allegations included intention to harm a newspaper reporter.



On August 14, Justice William H Orrick of the Northern District of California Court granted the application for subpoena seeking information for the accounts, which according to the Commission, are relevant to a criminal investigation into possible governmental corruption.



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