In response to the CoP’s announcement, the UNC in a statement said while it welcomed the news, the party queried the delay in the outcome of investigations into Emailgate and the fake oil scandal.

“The party commends the Commissioner for finally clearing the air on this matter, which first surfaced four years ago in June 2015—an election year,” the media release said.

The party said it “hoped that similar resources will be deployed into the investigations” involving Petrotrin and A&V Oil, the company at the centre of the fake oil scandal.

“In addition, the allegations which were levelled against Mrs Persad-Bissessar and other members of the party which came to be known as “emailgate” remain unresolved, even though the probe ended two years ago and nothing of substance was found as stated by the former Commissioner of Police Stephen Williams on national television,” the media release said.

The party reiterated its call for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions to act on the Emailgate allegations and “clear those involved as has been done by both the Integrity Commission and the former Commissioner of Police”.