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Dana Seetahal calls for Ken Gordon to be removed from email-gate probe…

DANA-SEETAHALSenior Counsel Dana Seetahal has written to the Registrar of the Integrity Commission requesting the removal of Chairman Ken Gordon from the email-gate probe.

The letter from Seetahal, the legal counsel representing the interest of Attorney General Anand Ramlogan in the alleged email conspiracy, follows a similar request from the Prime Minister’s lawyer, Israel Khan sent to the Integrity Commission Registrar Martin Farrell on Friday.

Seetahal’s formal request for Mr Gordon’s recusal was dispatched on Monday.ken gordon1

Both correspondences cited apparent bias as a ground for Mr Gordon’s non participation in any probe on the matter as a consequence of a meeting which took place between Gordon and Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley at Gordon’s private residence on May 15.

Seetahal’s letter stated that if Mr Gordon refuse to recuse himself, the Commission should force him to step down from participating or deliberating in any investigation that may be undertaken by the commission, regarding the authenticity of the alleged e-mails referred to and submitted to the Parliament by Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley, during the May 20th debate on the no-confidence motion in the Prime Minister and the Government.

The letter said the meeting between Gordon and Rowley, five days before the no-confidence debate, “must erode the appearance that justice by this commissioner may not be administered evenhandedly, in treating with members of the Government as opposed to members of the Opposition”.

Seetahal’s letter said the meeting must have been in breach of Section 7 (2) of the Integrity in Public Life Act, which requires that the registrar “shall” attend all meetings of the commission.