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Gov's comments on ‘systematic corruption’ in VI was offensive – Julio S. Henry

- says H.E. Jaspert cannot disassociate self from alleged corruption in RVIPF
Former talk show host, Julio S. Henry aka ‘Sam’ says he was offended by comments coming out of a press conference hosted by Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert and Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews that in the Virgin Islands (VI) there are pockets of corruption facilitating crime. Photo: VINO/File
The Governor made the statements during a Tuesday, November 10, 2020, joint press conference with the Commissioner, following VI's historic $250M 2,353 kilos cocaine bust on Friday, November 6, 2020. Photo: Facebook/File
The Governor made the statements during a Tuesday, November 10, 2020, joint press conference with the Commissioner, following VI's historic $250M 2,353 kilos cocaine bust on Friday, November 6, 2020. Photo: Facebook/File
 Premier Andrew A. Fahie in his 2021 Budget Speech of November 12, 2020, has since called the Governor’s statement irresponsible asking for a retraction, which to date, has not happened. Photo: GIS/File
Premier Andrew A. Fahie in his 2021 Budget Speech of November 12, 2020, has since called the Governor’s statement irresponsible asking for a retraction, which to date, has not happened. Photo: GIS/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Former talk show host, Julio S. Henry aka ‘Sam’ says he was offended by comments coming out of a press conference hosted by Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert and Commissioner of Police, Mr Michael B. Matthews that in the Virgin Islands (VI) there are pockets of corruption facilitating crime.

The Governor made the statements during a Tuesday, November 10, 2020, joint press conference with the Commissioner, following VI's historic $250M 2,353 kilos cocaine bust on Friday, November 6, 2020, and according to Henry, the comments has possible implications on VI's investment future. 

ToP CoP & Governor gloated over drug bust – Julio Henry

Accusing both the Commissioner and Governor of gloating over the drug bust, Henry on the November 17, 2020, edition of JTV’s The Big Story said the Governor remains in charge of the RVIPF and Security, therefore, he cannot call it corrupt and disassociate himself from those comments.

“The Governor is responsible. So is he saying that the system that he's in charge of and the Police [is] in charge of, has systematic corruption? That makes him corrupt,” Henry told The Big Story host Ms Cathy O. Richards.

“The makes the institution that he represents corrupt, because the Governor is in charge of security, the Governor is in charge of our policing, he is in charge of border security… at the end of the day, he's ultimately responsible, he and the Police Chief,” he said. 

“So... you call a press conference to try to distance yourself from a statement that you made? How is that possible?” Henry questioned.

Premier calls out comments as irresponsible

Premier Andrew A. Fahie in his 2021 Budget Speech of November 12, 2020, has since called the Governor’s statement irresponsible asking for a retraction, which to date, has not happened.

“This latest bust does not show that our system is corrupt, but rather it shows that our system and our officers stand up for what is right,” the Premier said. 

He said the statement was a well-calculated attempt to stain the good name of the many hardworking law-abiding citizens, the local law enforcement agencies and the VI economy, “The irresponsible statement made will not deter your Government from investing in the advancement of our people in all aspects of local law enforcement.”

Comments deter future Investments – Henry

Meanwhile, Mr Henry hypothesized that as an outsider looking into the VI and reading about systematic corruption in the UK press has the potential to deter future investors.  

“When you sit in front that camera and you sitting there telling the world about this systematic corruption in the BVI, you're telling the international investment community… people who do business in the financial realms, people who come in here to invest in hotels, people who come in here to invest in our tourism product, that we have a corrupt system. That's what I get as an outsider looking in,” Mr Henry said. 

60 Responses to “Gov's comments on ‘systematic corruption’ in VI was offensive – Julio S. Henry”

  • just another racist (21/11/2020, 12:54) Like (14) Dislike (62) Reply
    the more this governor speaks the more he insult the people of the BVI
    • Truth Hurts (21/11/2020, 16:07) Like (42) Dislike (4) Reply
      That's the problem in the BVI...a lot of people don't like the truth. And I bet they themselves are involved in some sort of corruption. And some of us have witnessed some sort of corruption and some of us were victim of corruption. And they want a local governor and police commissioner....send help if that happens ...cause we'll be screwed.
      • @ truth Hurts (22/11/2020, 10:33) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
        we cannot trust this governor to tell the truth bottom line
  • WEW (21/11/2020, 12:57) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    BVI - unethical & over sensitive racists. God forbid if one feels disrespected (diss)
    • @ wew (21/11/2020, 14:33) Like (17) Dislike (23) Reply
      blacks cannot be racist its universally understood
      • nonsense (21/11/2020, 16:26) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
        A black person judging a white person based on the color of its skin is a racist as well.

        Don’t hide behind convenience.
        • Foolishness and stupidness (22/11/2020, 07:05) Like (3) Dislike (11) Reply
          Black persons cannot be racist. Racism is discrimination against blacks. Black person are sometimes required to remind whites about their privilege, and to utilize positive discrimination for proper purposes - but to suggest that this is wrong merely demonstrates the inherent racism of the persons making the suggestion. I would have hoped that in 2021 that we would have moved on from criticizing the use of positive steps to deal with inherent and inherited racism.
          • one eye (22/11/2020, 08:24) Like (1) Dislike (6) Reply
            This governor keeps insulting we the people
          • No (22/11/2020, 10:16) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            racisim is against minority people , used by people with privilege , this describes people from the Caribbean in higher positions of authority abusing workers of a different skin color and social standing.
          • @ Foolishness and stupidness (27/11/2020, 17:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
            For a minute there i thought you were being sarcastic, then i realized you were actually living up to your name. How sad for you.
        • @‘nonsense (22/11/2020, 08:14) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
          That’s bull!! blacks can never be racist only whites and that’s a fact
  • Wow (21/11/2020, 13:19) Like (68) Dislike (6) Reply
    The truth is an offence. Whether the governor say it or not its the damn truth. Cut the crap and face the face.
  • hellboy (21/11/2020, 13:38) Like (80) Dislike (5) Reply
    The Governor is Right, That's Truth, Lets Face it !
  • please (21/11/2020, 13:46) Like (36) Dislike (1) Reply
    NR HENRY YOU HAVE NOT LEARN ANYTHING SO SIT DOWN BECAUSE WHEN THE FIRE START TO BURN HOPE THAT YOU HAVE WATER TO OUT IT. tHE GOVERNOR SEES BEYOND YOU SO HE IS NOT TALKING OFF THE TOP OF HIS HEAD ONE DAY SOME DAY YOU WILL HOLD YOUR BELLY ANND BAUL. THE GOVERNMENT IS PRESENTLY SAVING THE BVI OF WHAT IS TO COME IF THINGS IS NOT SAVE PLEASE STOP SHOWING YOUR SELF AND GO AND LEARN SOME SENSE THE PREMIER NEEDS TO TAKE A VERY LONG LOOK BECAUSE WHEN THE BALL START ROLLING HENRY IS NO HELP PREMIER TIGHTENING UP
  • Many of Us Have Encountered Systematic Corruption (21/11/2020, 13:50) Like (62) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am a BVIslander and one of many who have encountered systematic corruption.

    Stop the stupidity trying to bash the truth simply because of who is delivering it when you know better!!!!!!!
  • ... (21/11/2020, 14:34) Like (5) Dislike (37) Reply
    I still do not trust this governor he remains bad news
  • BVIslander, USA (21/11/2020, 14:36) Like (39) Dislike (3) Reply
    The reason I left the BVI is because of PEOPLE LIKE YOU MR. HENRY. THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH. I SEE YOU HAVE NOT LEARNED TO THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK.
  • Tortolian, NYC (21/11/2020, 14:40) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    Mr. Premier, please have a serious talk with this QUACK. PLEASE PUT A MUZZLE ON HIS MOUTH.
  • Truth talker (21/11/2020, 14:52) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply

    Sam *****, and angle boy why are you both so displeased. Why let gloating over a big crime catched bother you? The "Big Catch helped us, not hurt us. Had it been you that done something great, you also would have gloated, big time. You gelous men.

  • Profound (21/11/2020, 15:04) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TAKES A SLEDGE HAMMER TO THE WHOLE ISSUE REGARDING CORRUPTION IN BVI.
    '' Stop the stupidity trying to bash the truth simply because pf who is delivering it when you know better."
    The problem is their conscience is seared as with a hot iron.
  • Me (21/11/2020, 15:09) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply

    Goodness man,sam/Cline when u 2 don't have anything construtive pls.stop airing ur @%^=* mouth making the BVI seems as though we're all idiots.

    • @me (21/11/2020, 23:41) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      Thank you so kindly for your comment. Those two seem to think that the people is idiots and the people don’t know better. SOMETIMES A PERSON HAVE TO PLAY THE I AM STUPID AND DON’T KNOW ANYTHING GAME TO SEE EXACTLY WHERE A PERSON IS COMING FROM. SAM/CLINE, YOUR CARDS HAVE BEEN PEEPED A LONG TIME AGO AND IS STILL GETTING PEEPED. SOMEONE IS ALWAYS WATCHING AND LISTENING.
    • west (22/11/2020, 08:34) Like (2) Dislike (6) Reply
      SAM IS CORRECT AND WE SUPPORT HIM ALL THE WAY
  • lol (21/11/2020, 15:24) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    Boy Sammy, you really want to be relevant. That is old news, move on. The truth hurts but it is not a sin.
  • Keep it up SAM (21/11/2020, 15:30) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    I don’t know what your angle is or what you are looking to prove SAM. But you are going to lose out big time. JUST SHUT UP ALREADY!!!! MAN. EVERYONE KNOWS THERE IS CORRUPTION WITHIN THE BVI. STOP THE SUGAR COATING MAN AND GO FIND SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE TO DO.
  • Real Talk (21/11/2020, 15:38) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ok people run a check see who own 90% of yhese taxi safari andbuses you will be shocked to know who pwned and who they lend money from real talk here
    • Taxi Taxes (21/11/2020, 19:11) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      IT would be interesting to see how many of these Taxi men pay a fair tax on the yearly earnings even once in a while.
      Corruption.
      • @Taxi Taxes (22/11/2020, 00:01) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Ding, Ding. There goes the bell. CORRUPTIONNN. I WONDER WHAT PLANET SAM IS LIVING ON.
  • local girl (21/11/2020, 18:59) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    The Governor called a spade a damn shovel, deal with it, we sweep to much nastiness under the rug for too long now, the stench is killing us
    • @ local girl (23/11/2020, 07:28) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

      this governor continue to disrespect our people and he gets away with it. 

  • Not fairy land (21/11/2020, 19:07) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lets face facts, the only country that is free of corruption is Fairy Land. Stop burying your heads into the sand. There are indeed pockets of corruption here as the governor rightly said. When a business man can not pay taxes or SS for his workers for years and every year they have a certificate of good standings to renew their many businesses licenses is that not corruption? Is it no corruption to collect SS and Taxes from workers and refuse to pay it over to the relevant agencies, is it not corruption? Please get real.
  • My Advice (21/11/2020, 20:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sam? learn to leave things that is bigger than you alone. Just leave it the heck alone. By you being a local does not mean a darn thing.
  • Tan I am (21/11/2020, 20:12) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Certainly,the Governor would not have made such an utterance unless he knew ,for certain and knew that his statement would/ could meet the backing of the UK if necessary.
    Unlike too many in the VI,who spew random and libelous drivel, the Gov is not that ignorant.
  • Me (21/11/2020, 21:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sam, Sam, why is this man on our airwaves and social media? Isn't there anyone else to interview? Gosh man! Go sidung!!
  • lol (21/11/2020, 22:06) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Henry tries to do some damage control after he called the premier "crazy ".. he choose a topic which had already sponged from the public view. Mr. Henry you sure you are offended or you don't have any alternative to correct your over statement about the leader of this country. Your statement is very out of line . You called the leader crazy which mean we allow a crazy man to lead us. The other leaders within the region might have different ideas of premier now. Mr. Henry , I think should apologize to the people for treating our leader as such.. communication is science. You don't talk specially when you are going to make a statement about someone. Now everything is stored I. The worldwide web. Next time think your thoughts.
  • quote (21/11/2020, 22:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "A person who lives in Denial will paint a picture of themselves as being the victim or innocent in all aspects. They will be offended by the truth. But what is done in the dark, will come to light. Time has a way of showing people's true colors"
  • oh boy (21/11/2020, 23:24) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    SINCE THE GOVERNOR IS WRONG AND DO NOT LIKE THE BVI PROVE HIM WRONG BECAUSE HE HAS SURELY PROVEN HIMSELF RIGHT. I SAY AGAIN ANYONE OF YOU INCLUDING THE PREMIER WHO CAN PROVE THE GOVERNOR WRONG,MAN UP. THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO INSTEAD OF BLA BLA BLA.
    THERE ARE POCKETS AND MORE OF FULL BLOWN CORRUPTION RIGHT HERE IN THE BVI AND WE ALL KNOW THAT OR ARE YOU ALL SAYING IT IS NOT CORRUPTION WHENTHE BVISLANDERS ARE INVOLVED IN IT. WOW, OH I SEE.
  • SAM MY BOY (21/11/2020, 23:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    WHEN THE SLEDGE HAMMER START DROPPING ON HEADS WHOEVER PUSHING YOU TO MAKE THESE STUPID STATEMENTS IS GOING TO SCATTER AND LEAVE YOU HOLDING THE BAG. I WOULD AGREE, LEAVE THINGS THAT IS WAYYYY BIGGER THAN YOU ALONE. SOMETIMES IT IS SIMPLY BEST TO KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT.
  • unity (22/11/2020, 05:01) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Time to stop bashing the governor and let him do his job. Some persons cannot handle the truth. The question is why the ship patrol was refused at an earlier time. Now we know the governor is in charge of security. Did we not know that all the time he was being bashed? If we want a peaceful country stop critizing and help to clean it up.
  • shakespeare (22/11/2020, 06:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Methinks he doth pretend too much.
  • Hmm (22/11/2020, 06:34) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    IT WAS SAID THAT SOME YEARS AGO,A GOVERNOR LEFT THE TERRITOY AND WAS IMPRISONED.WHY?IT WAS SAID HE PURCHASED A WHOLE ISLAND OUT IN THE PACIFIC.IF THAT IS TRUE I WONDER WHERE HE GOT THAT MONEY FROM! COULD IT BE FROM THE SAME THING WE ARE BEING ACCUSED OF?HMMM! TELL ME ABOUT IT.IF IT IS AT THE TO ,DON'T YOU EXPECT IT AT THE BOTTOM!

    THINK ABOUT IT
  • My My (22/11/2020, 07:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man torment are what what happens Mr c no vocation
  • Just because he is white (22/11/2020, 08:19) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    A police chief purchased a million dollar house now go investigate that
    • Funny (22/11/2020, 10:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      $1million after working for 40 years in the same job is a cheap house, people buy and sell houses and upgrade each time, life outside the BVI is different, people do not stay in the same house they bought in their 30's unless they had dodgy money in their 30's and bought a house at $1million you know just like here in the BVI...
  • Windy (22/11/2020, 08:22) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    I agree 200% blacks can not be racist only whites

    Down with these racist oppressors who keep insulting the people of the bvi
  • Fam (22/11/2020, 08:27) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    The longer Gus stays here the more the people hates him if i was him i would take the next plane out
    • TamTam (22/11/2020, 10:46) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      The longer he stays, the more ugly truths are revealed. He leaves but Governorship remains...His replacement takes up where he left off. We are writing the script and replays will be our undoing..
  • Road Town Rebel (22/11/2020, 10:08) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some time you have to tell people shut their mouths. The Governor not lying. We are not squeaky clean here in the BVI.
  • REAL TRUTH (22/11/2020, 10:26) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Most people in the BVI CAN’T HANDLE TRUTH, IT IS LIKE TRUTH TO THEM IS A DEATH SENTENCE. MOST OF THE PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT THE BVI IS LIVING BEHIND A PROTECTIVE GLASS SHIELD IMMUNE FROM ANY AND EVERY THING.
  • Ghut Man (22/11/2020, 10:34) Like (2) Dislike (5) Reply
    Sam do not get distracted with the man head girl down government house blogging all day, we support you Julio
  • #SAM (22/11/2020, 10:40) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    You are out here trying to do DAMAGE CONTROL BECAUSE YOU CALLED THE PREMIER CRAZY AND I AM QUITE SURE YOU GOT ROASTED AND CALL OUT BEHIND THE SCENE.
  • asking for a friend (22/11/2020, 13:38) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    I ask again who is going to investigate the governor and police commissioner?
  • Heckler (22/11/2020, 21:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Like Julio have a "consultancy" contract or what?
  • OB (23/11/2020, 07:27) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply

    I am going to say again due to this governor history in the bvi all left now is for him to get his hoody

  • lol (24/11/2020, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sam,,, you ain't got no ambition

    stop bring so red eye
  • Straight Facts (24/11/2020, 11:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But...But... Is the Gov Lying Though ? 0.0


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