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Fake UNC profiles for cybercrime unit

Opposition Senator Saddam Hosein during a debate in the Senate. Fake emails in his name have been sent out which the UNC plans to send to the police. FILE PHOTO
Opposition Senator Saddam Hosein during a debate in the Senate. Fake emails in his name have been sent out which the UNC plans to send to the police. FILE PHOTO

Fake emails of UNC members have been referred to the party’s lawyers to be sent to the TTPS cybercrime unit.

UNC deputy political leader David Lee yesterday said the action was taken after two separate postings on social media surfaced which stated Senator Saddam Hosein and other party members had held a “secret meeting” at Felicity, Chaguanas on Friday night.

The meeting, according to a group calling itself the UNC Advizors, was held to garner support for Hosein’s candidacy for the 2020 general election.

The group also referred to a “leaked memo” reportedly from the party’s hierarchy which stated that several other Opposition MPs had also been earmarked for replacement.

The party has since described the “leaked memo” as fake.

Lee said he was not aware of any meeting at Felicity and pointed out that the Advizors group is a fake profile.

“Our information is that individual profile is a fake profile so the divisiveness is continuing by some unknown sources.”

Asked what action was available to the party, he said, “a series if other fake profiles have cropped up and we have referred it to our lawyers who will the refer it to our cybercrime unit.”

Asked whether the emails were proving to be a problem for the Opposition party, he said, “well I think this is a continuing of the divisiveness that is being tried and that is being created by individual.”

Meanwhile, Hosein denied any meeting had taken place at Felicity on Friday night.

“There is absolutely no truth. There is a bunch of mischief makers currently trying to create some divide in the party. I was personally not even aware of that meeting until I saw a post on Facebook,” he said yesterday.

“I did not attend any meeting of any sort, I have never been tipped to be any MP or candidate for any area, the political leader at the caucus on Monday indicated that the party would begin screening for local government candidates.

“There has been no persons selected for any general elections in terms of candidates, the party is a democratic party and we will continue to be governed by our constitution.”

He believed the emails were meant to create confusion in the Opposition.

“Recently, you would have seen some bogus list being circulated, and now the political campaign season has started and I believe the mischief has already begun.

“We expect more attacks and the attacks won’t only be centred on me but it may start expanding to other persons in the party.”

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