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UPDATE: No charges against so-called MoF leaker

Central Administration Complex: The probe into the so-called leaked government information has ended with no charges laid against the civil servant. Photo: VINO/File
There is no Freedom of Information Act in the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI) where the media or ordinary residents can request via law information of public interest and records of spending, agency books and other government actions not made public. Photo: Internet Source
There is no Freedom of Information Act in the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI) where the media or ordinary residents can request via law information of public interest and records of spending, agency books and other government actions not made public. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- It was our newsroom that first published an accurate story that a female officer from the Ministry of Finance was questioned on Saturday April 8, 2017 and released over alleged leaked government information.

Now, according to officials, the probe into the so-called leaked information has ended with no charges laid against the civil servant.

It is unclear what specific information she was been investigated for or accused of leaking. It is also unknown if others are also being investigated, as there are no whistle-blowing laws in the Virgin Islands to protect public officers when they see corruption and wish to go public with such information. 

Why they leak?

Over the past six years, because of the lack of transparency of the ruling National Democratic Party regime, their crack down and criticism of the media, their refusal to answer the Opposition questions in the House of Assembly and when they do, it's most often not truthful, many public officers have been leaking information to the media, the Opposition and civil society.

The Information is usually on policies that hurt the country, issues of alleged corruption and when the elected officials tell lies to the people, public officers and even other politicians leak the correct information.

For some seven years now both the media, the Opposition, the Governor and talk show hosts have been calling for a Freedom of Information Bill, however, the government has refused to bring forward such a bill after years of promises.

See previous article published April 9, 2017

Civil servant questioned over leaked Gov’t information

Word reaching our newsroom is that a civil servant was questioned by police over alleged leaked information to the media.

This is according to senior National Democratic Party (NDP) sources. The sources confirmed that one person from the Ministry of Finance was questioned on leaked information; however, the source did not provide details as to what information caused this action.

The female officer was questioned on Saturday April 8, 2017 and released, according to information reaching our newsroom. The two NDP sources declined to give details as to who ordered the investigation.

Communist country- VI

There are no Whistle-blowing laws in the Virgin Islands to protect public or private officers who, because of love for country and good governance, share information on activities that are illegal, unethical or corrupt within the public or private sectors. In addition, there is no Freedom of Information Act in the British Overseas Territory of the Virgin Islands (VI) where the media or ordinary residents can request via law information of public interest and records of spending, agency books and other government actions not made public.

The lack of these two key pieces of legislation is associated with communist and authoritarian countries and not “a modern democracy” as Governor John S. Duncan OBE once described the VI.

Over the past eight (8) years plus, especially with the advent of online news media, the public and media houses have relied on information obtained by anonymous sources from public officers, elected officials, including Ministers of Government, and private citizens for information that government will not make public.

Fake news on Social Media

Within the last 48 hours social network has been flooded with fake and erroneous information that the Ministry of Finance officer was questioned over “the Ports Authority Project and other drug related suspicion.” Our NDP sources confirmed that this information circulating is, “libellous, malicious, erroneous and downright misinformation.”

Our newsroom will bring more information as it becomes available.

72 Responses to “UPDATE: No charges against so-called MoF leaker”

  • TurtleDove (09/04/2017, 19:33) Like (57) Dislike (11) Reply
    thanks vino for always providing the correct news to we the people
    • Dun a von (09/04/2017, 20:03) Like (88) Dislike (12) Reply
      Bvi news on line aint ready for u
    • @ turtledove (10/04/2017, 07:15) Like (29) Dislike (9) Reply
      The real best news site..no 1
      • we the people (02/06/2017, 11:52) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
        DEMAND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION AND WHISTLEBLOWING LAWS NOW!

        We will not remain silent and continue to allow this decadent veil of quiet exploitation, victimization, intimidation, underhand secret deals in high places with special interests, crippling levels of conflict of interests, and corruption to continue without accountability.

        If our government was poisoning our water to reduce our local population and a civil servant in his/her/their good conscience and morals were privy to this atrocity, should he/she/they remain silent under an oath of abnormal confidentiality and unbalanced loyalty? I unequivocally argue a resounding- NO! DA#N IT!!!

        THE TIME HAS COME TO OPEN THE CASKET!

        The Time has come for ALL of US, who still have a ticking compass of morals and conscience, to STAND-UP!

        WE MUST STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS! NOW!!!
        • The Best! (02/06/2017, 15:00) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
          @We the people. The casket is already leaking and they know vino is not afraid to expose their stench, so they are trying to intimidate and instill fear- the oldest trick in the book- to plug the whole. We haven’t forgotten how baldhead tried to intimidate (directly and indirectly) Luce, Carl, and Titley. And what they did or tried to do to Sonia, Guy H, Guy M., and others, so we are fully aware of their tactics and techniques. But not this time, we will remain vigilant inside and out, because our people cannot afford to get caught in yet another rigged elected. This gang is wicked; the struggle is real. VINO, please keep the lights on and the fire burning.
    • DingDong (10/04/2017, 16:53) Like (6) Dislike (14) Reply
      How do you know they are "providing the correct news".
  • lord o. (09/04/2017, 19:46) Like (38) Dislike (6) Reply
    Didn't know government business is secret.. Thought government business is the people's business... What is their problem though. What de hell so important that they have to hide... Free the people from oppression... Set the people free from harassment...
  • one eye (09/04/2017, 19:47) Like (23) Dislike (9) Reply
    BVI gone backwards just trying to intimidate the poor civil servants
  • Jack B Nimble. (09/04/2017, 19:52) Like (15) Dislike (3) Reply
    Smart people do not pick fight they cannot win. They wake the sleeping lion. Now the Governor is Cross like a Pit Bull... He was just waiting on the evidence now the place mash-up.
  • school charen (09/04/2017, 20:02) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    We heard that some white officers are investigating the treasury/port etc.
  • Tallfat (09/04/2017, 20:04) Like (20) Dislike (24) Reply
    As well they should be question asked about confidential information. Freedom of information can never mean everyone taking sensitive information and deseminating it to whoever at their own volition. What would not be released and for what purpose for a fee? People must learn that there's some thing call professional and ethical and that person shows they're none of those. How much did it take to get this information? what is their interest in this sordid affair because many in various department will have to vigilant with whom hey speak because of this leaker. There are no FOI act and when it comes about it will have some constraints attached. This was probably calculated to garner support for the party, happily it only show where values lies by some employee.
    • bvi (02/06/2017, 10:33) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
      Its regrettable that you will use the blogs to defend wrong doing and an oppress government. Talking about morals and ethical standards. Any one who report wrong doing is morally upright. The state have a problem with the truth and is using all means to suppress
  • sources (09/04/2017, 20:24) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    They scared that information is coming out. It will come sooner rather than later. They dismissed the early election as rubbish, but it is true. What do they have to say now that the new FS is being recruited from the UK. This is only the smoke, wait til JD and MM return from their overseas trip. We will know what is rubbish or facts.
    • READREADREAD (10/04/2017, 14:36) Like (5) Dislike (5) Reply
      AlLayo hell bent on destroying this country because you do not understand the history of this country, the history of the British and their clandestine plan. But, SOURCES, continue, you and your children will one day say "Had I known," set of people who cannot understand the times or seasons
      • GTree (03/06/2017, 10:18) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        And we must stay like a set a dumb animals and let our "own" elected and "non elected" people dig our eyes out our heads? NO!
  • Guest (09/04/2017, 20:29) Like (18) Dislike (5) Reply
    I advocate, and have always advocated for freedom of the press and all the necessary laws; leave the civil servants alone
  • just asking.... (09/04/2017, 20:30) Like (6) Dislike (6) Reply
    Well the Government succumbed to the pressure from the Governor again?
  • wize up (09/04/2017, 20:30) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    This is the hight of communism(just saying)
    • Jacperlance (10/04/2017, 06:26) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
      @wize-up. What height of communism u talking about, this same civil servant, am sure took the oath of secrecy, some of you people just chatting piss and likes to condone wrong. Freedom of information yes, freedom of speech yes, but in spite of it, there are matters that should be kept confidential. Recklessness is a serious thing
      • wize up (10/04/2017, 08:56) Like (5) Dislike (10) Reply
        @ jacperkance: thanks for the clarification now go discuss your issues with the commissioner and the governor(picking on little old me who can't fight your cause wont help you)...have a wonderful week!!!!
        • Jacperlance (10/04/2017, 18:36) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply

          Wize-up, I have no issue with the Governor and the commissioner but I sure have issues with your foolishness comments. Like to be blogging on every thing and just chatting a bunch of hogwash

  • myrun (09/04/2017, 20:32) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    OMG, this is some serious stuff..... bwoy ... some people careless sah......
  • qc (09/04/2017, 20:45) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply

    On personal level, this is sh*t hope she gets a lawyer

  • ... (09/04/2017, 20:45) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    Makes one scared to leak at all.
  • vex (09/04/2017, 20:51) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    So, to be clear, just who, exactly, are the ministers that are leaking?
  • Truth (09/04/2017, 20:59) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
    This country has lost its collective mind. The "my way or the highway" approach to governance and existence is asinine.

    But that is what we have reaped. So shall we sow.
  • Let my people go! (09/04/2017, 20:59) Like (19) Dislike (6) Reply
    Any Government that suppress information is endulging in self-interest, ulterior interest, and exerting towards the course of Communistic Tendencies. If Our People do not demand Freedom of Public Information we are allowing ourselves to be subjected to Oppression by Acceptance. Point Blank! People- We Must Raise Our Awareness, Get Involve, and Demand More from our politicians, and nothing less.
  • VIlander (09/04/2017, 21:02) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    We don't trust this administration at all. We also recognize that job security is non-existent anymore, so the fatter our savings, the safer we are in the long run. There are many societal issues colliding here.
  • Blessing in the leaking (09/04/2017, 21:17) Like (25) Dislike (1) Reply
    If it wasn't for the inside info we the citizens get thru the media, how will we know. The government don't think we have a right to information that concern is so what we can't find one way, we going get it the next. Yes, we are all duty bound in any profession to be confidential, however, civil servants are also tax payers who are left holding the bag of this wreckless government. Ah you talk once what you see is wrong and blatant misconduct. Expose them yes.
  • SMH (09/04/2017, 22:56) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    let me ask who really care?! it must come out anyways!! things dont stay in the dark forever!
  • nodding (10/04/2017, 02:07) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    NDP fraid JD getting close to finding out what they done with that $350 mil so now them trying haul in people to see who exposing them to the Gov. Carry on. Ever try holding a hot potato
  • Wake up BVI. (10/04/2017, 02:15) Like (20) Dislike (4) Reply
    All She is doing is trying to save the country from sinking any further... If it continues this way the government will have no choice but to cut the civil service by a third. So we damn if we don't do and we damn if we do.. ..The English will take over and they will cut and cut and cut... To get the books balance. Better believe it...
    • Itbrewing (10/04/2017, 14:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Since when is the English interested in ensuring that our books are balanced? Yes, they are interested in cutting, cutting, cutting, to put Virgin Islanders out of a job and have them unemployed and lose their inheritance. Oh, if we only knew who the British and English are, we would never be putting things out there for the "devil" whoever he or she may be to hear it. The UK's face is changing and they are looking some place to go. What do they know, enter a country and displace the indigenous people. Let us stop playing with these people. They are after our land, buh they are interested in seeing how country run. VI too good for black people because they live in 300-year old croaking flats. You doubt me? Ask them why they do not want to live in peace and harmony with 'local people," as they call us.
  • Lb (10/04/2017, 04:07) Like (12) Dislike (15) Reply
    It amazes me how you all are throwing around terms that you have zero clue about! Communism? Freedom of information. Democracy? Picking up terminology you only heard on US media or entertainment and using them like they supposed to be a part of who we BRITISH Virgin Islands are? America is a failing system! The election of Trump exacerbates that point. So why are you all full speed ahead trying to pick up everything the USA puts down? Freedom is not free! It comes with sacrifice and responsibilities. Our media core has not shown any sense if responsibility in its reporting over the past 15 years. Facebook posts are used as news stories. Hearsay is headlines. Libel and slander are rampant with no repercussions. With such irresponsible reporting, we are not ready for Freedom of information here! A bit of communistic ideas might actually do some good. Oh let me guess Communism is all bad right? Because the media said so and you didn't research the tenets if Communism or Socialism yourself. We are not ready for the repercussions of many of the things we say we want.
    • @ LB (10/04/2017, 09:04) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
      Fool more to north kerea this is the bvi give us our freedom or give us death..go from here with that piss. Thank god for a free press
  • Zoe. Check North Western (10/04/2017, 05:32) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    RTW need a good marketing and sales manager... Go check north Western... You are passionate, honest fair, no nonsense. Experience and you are a people's person...to add you are a local more qualified that who they have and the pay is good.. That's a job you will do very good at. Seems like nobody at RTW is pleased with their sales and marketing heads..its street talk..
  • Observing (10/04/2017, 06:14) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    any of this make sense. What she have to gain by leaking this
  • open wide (10/04/2017, 06:58) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Its only now the civil servants going leak
  • Scud (10/04/2017, 07:02) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Yes we are different. Any is accepted here. Laws are broken here every day who cares? Mark me we r in self destruct mode.
  • sea weed (10/04/2017, 07:18) Like (22) Dislike (3) Reply
    Was this not the government in the sun shine?
    • @ sea weed (11/04/2017, 22:15) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Words are powerful. Words have meaning and are not something to be treated so cavalierly like this administration has done.
  • pat (10/04/2017, 07:31) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    The ndp has the people against them to now turn the civil sevants against them is going kill them dead dead
  • wize up (10/04/2017, 08:11) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    how many of you can recall("Government in the Sunshine") one of the political parties used this "slogan" during an election campaign.....
  • Hmmmm (10/04/2017, 08:31) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Fahie has been championing the passing of Freedom of Information Act & whistle blowing legislation but the NDP don into to adhere to the request.
    • fAKE BLUBBER (10/04/2017, 15:26) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      Andrew and his party was in control for donkey years. Why wasn't he championing then?
      • wize up (10/04/2017, 17:31) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        @ fake blubber: great blog; most of the things being spoken about in the house in 2017 should have been corrected backing in the 90s:some folk know how to run a government while sitting on the opposition bench
  • Very unfortunate and sad (10/04/2017, 09:18) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
    This shows how people could make up stories for no reason. Bad mind and Wicked... what you don't like for yourself please dont do to others!!! Young lady, God is in control and He see and knows. I am so sorry, I too heard the stories
  • SMH (10/04/2017, 09:56) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    So because she was questioned means she was the one that leaked the info? You ppl amuse me! Innocent people are questioned by the police all the time for one reason or another. Mainly to rule them out as a suspect. But ofcourse in tola once your questioned your guilty smh.
  • Thing to talk (10/04/2017, 13:24) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
    If you or i make an oath we should be true to our self and to the organization. There may be things we don't like or how things are handled but remember that oath. If the job is to much pressure. Take up my bag and find anorher. Most people tell you dont leave before you have another which is wisdom but wisdom also would tell us don't take death. For people to read, sing and place flowers on our grave. Choose to charter our coast less stressful job may help us to live a bit longer.
    As we sit back and allow time to pass by story have a way of unfolding it self. Don't care how long we try to hide truth must come out.
  • oneline now (10/04/2017, 15:16) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thank god for leaks
  • Deh Watcha (10/04/2017, 15:34) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
    If Mr. Decastro didn't leak a piece of information some years back, where would the BVI be now especially in relation to Wickhams Cay and Anegada?
  • NICK (10/04/2017, 16:58) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    People should have some loyalty to those for whom they work or get the hell out of dodge if only the bad or negative they are willing to elobrate on.
    • Ajic (16/04/2017, 04:53) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      People should have loyalty to their country. If Government is doing something that will harm the untrue you are obligated to speak out.
  • whistle blower (10/04/2017, 18:16) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I always read the blogs for the true news and to feel the pulse of local comment. Although this is useful there is a need to protect whistle blowers who want to highlight issues and even corruption in organisations including government. The Barclays Bank story in U.K. today shows what can happen when someone tries to identify a whistleblower
  • Reader (10/04/2017, 18:33) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
    As a former civil servant, the Governor has been known to ask for the signing of Oath of Confidentiality by civil servants, which to me is self-explanatory.
  • voter (10/04/2017, 20:59) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    this goverment has done nothing new or different to earn my confidence
  • Looking on! (11/04/2017, 07:38) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I see what you are doing here! Be careful it might bite you in the behind.
  • Liat 521 (11/04/2017, 22:17) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    These thoughts and police actions are not on the side of a BVI that is free and equal.
  • ta ta (02/06/2017, 08:42) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Smh
  • SMH (02/06/2017, 08:53) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    vino ya large with the james bond sources deep inside of this government
  • just asking... (02/06/2017, 13:40) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    How come no one is leaking the bomb shell that is about to drop?
  • @ SMH (02/06/2017, 14:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    more to come I am told
  • tola (02/06/2017, 18:05) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    It's seem to me that there isn't any freedom of speach in this country this same person didn't he or she didn't swear to speak the true and nothing but the truth so why NDP wah to kill this person now NDP we really tired a ayo now with ayo bull we really need a different government am not talking about VIP or NDP we need a new party to run this country cause all we does get from these too party is lies an wasting of people's hard working tax dollars ......governor plz help us from these wicked leader call NDP government Caz if these political goes for 4 more yesrs we all in serious problem
  • grim reaper (02/06/2017, 19:51) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This system of Government is liken unto the Trump administration...lies, cover ups, deceit, self aggrandizement, in circle fraternity spread of wealth and on and on.......lets take back our Country
  • zoe (04/06/2017, 21:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only in the BVI people are allow to conduct such activity without the authority intervening.


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