A subpoena has been granted in favor of the Integrity Commission against US online search engine, Google Incorporated, forcing the company to provide information on three email accounts, believed to be connected to Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan and Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar.
This development is part of the investigation into the EmailGate fiasco.
The judgement was handed down on August 14th by the United States District Court, after it was found that both statutory requirements and discretionary factors were met by the Integrity Commission. The commission had requested the court’s assistance in issuing a subpoena to Google on August 11th.
The subpoena seeks information for the e-mail accounts “[email protected]”, “[email protected]” and “[email protected]” which the Commission represents is relevant to a criminal investigation into possible governmental corruption.
According to a footnote in the court document, Google says the e-mail address [email protected] does not exist but the Integrity Commission said in its motion it believed the address was incorrectly copied so it is asking for any information pertaining to [email protected] to be preserved.
The AG has denied having a gmail account and Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has never confirmed if the gmail account belongs to her.
Google now has the right to modify or quash the subpoena within 14 days.
If it does that, the Integrity Commission will then have another 14 days to appeal.