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Andrew A. Fahie's attorney files for his release as Bond Appeal is delayed

- According to court records, more than 48 hours have expired for the appeal to be filed
The attorney representing former Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) Mr Andrew A. Fahie has filed a motion to dismiss the appeal by the US Justice Department, on the grounds that the appeal has taken too long to be filed. Photo: VINO/File
A section of the motion filed in District Court Miami requesting that the bond appeal be dismissed and Mr Andrew A. Fahie be able to enjoy pre-trial liberty. Photo: Offshore Alert
A section of the motion filed in District Court Miami requesting that the bond appeal be dismissed and Mr Andrew A. Fahie be able to enjoy pre-trial liberty. Photo: Offshore Alert
MIAMI, Florida, USA- The attorney representing former Premier of the Virgin Islands (VI) Mr Andrew A. Fahie has filed a motion to dismiss the appeal by the US Justice Department, on the grounds that the appeal has taken too long to be filed.

Magistrate Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes had ordered Mr Fahie free on $500,000 bail at his detention hearing on May 4, 2022, but gave prosecutors a day to appeal the decision. At the time of the filing of the motion to dismiss the bond appeal in District Court in Miami, 6 days had expired.

US Justice Department objects to motion

In response, the Justice Department said in a motion filed late Tuesday evening, May 10, 2022, that the delay is not its fault and its bond appeal should not be dismissed out of hand.

US prosecutors have had trouble procuring a transcript of Mr Fahie’s detention hearing that they need to write their appeal, they said in a court filing on May 5, 2022. They argued previously that Mr Fahie is a clear flight risk and a danger to the community.

‘Mr Fahie’s bond status has fallen victim to lack of compliance- Fahie’s attorney

Now, Mr Fahie’s lawyer is asking that he be released.

“While the delay is not believed to be of the Government’s doing, the plain fact is that Mr Fahie’s bond status has fallen victim to a lack of compliance with the mandatory rules of this Court and, more broadly, to the statutory and Constitutional right to a prompt bond process,” attorney Theresa Van Vliet wrote in a motion filed Tuesday, May 10, 2022, seeking to dismiss the government’s appeal.

“While we recognize that the failure to comply with this Court’s Rules does not fall at the feet of the Government, it is or should be, of no moment. Mr Fahie was entitled to have this appeal well along its way by now. Through no fault of his own, that is not the case, and he continues to sit in detention in spite of a finding by a Magistrate Judge that there are conditions of release which will ensure his appearance,” Van Vliet wrote.

But according to Assistant US Attorney Frederic Shadley, “That request is without basis in fact or law and should be denied by this Court.

“The District Court should be given a full chance to review the issue of detention and then make a decision whether detention is appropriate under the statutory factors set out in the Bail Reform Act. This important review should not be short-circuited based on the Defendant’s timing-related claims,” he said.

Shadley said his office expected to receive the detention hearing transcript Tuesday night and file a more thorough brief in support of a bond appeal by 5:00 pm on Wednesday.

The judge had not ruled on the matter as of Tuesday evening.

Mr Fahie being held @ Federal Detention Centre Miami

Mr Fahie is being held at the Federal Detention Center Miami, along with BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Director Oleanvine Pickering- Maynard on charges of conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine and conspiracy to launder money following a months-long sting operation by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Pickering Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard, was arrested on St Thomas and is being held in Puerto Rico while he awaits transport to Miami to face the same charges.

If Mr Fahie is freed, he, along with his wife and two daughters would have to surrender passports and stay in the daughters’ Miami apartment. Mr Fahie would also be required to wear electronic monitoring equipment.

40 Responses to “Andrew A. Fahie's attorney files for his release as Bond Appeal is delayed”

  • Freethedrew (11/05/2022, 17:02) Like (29) Dislike (135) Reply
    Britain with the aid of America kidnapped our leader and now holds him hostage refusing to release him or to give him justice. Our leader can be consider as a Political Prisoner, held in a strange land. #freethedraw.
    • duh (11/05/2022, 18:03) Like (42) Dislike (16) Reply
      You are an idiot
    • Horse blinders (11/05/2022, 18:33) Like (52) Dislike (6) Reply
      He can also be considered an obeah man, wizard of the 1st district, a little crook, and a kingpin. But hey, who am I? #20yrs2life
    • @Freethedrew (11/05/2022, 18:54) Like (40) Dislike (5) Reply
      Don’t you run to the strange land when your ungrateful behind need proper medical care and what ever else you need? The outside world see us as dumb ignorant people and you here posting ignorance.WHAT. Andrew is no longer leader of anything. He disgraced and betrayed the territory by laundering money and allowing cocaine and illegal weapons to flood the territory. If you want to do anything, find and pay the obeah man from Africa that is owed $80,000 so he can lift the wrath that he unleashed on the territory.
    • Linda (11/05/2022, 19:02) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
      @ Freethedrew, he is no longer our leader even when he gets released. He is not being held in a strange land, since he has ties to the USA, just like Maynard and her son. The 3 Muskateers.
    • trevor (11/05/2022, 19:39) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ha ha ha that is funny buddy!
    • @ freethedrew (11/05/2022, 19:53) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
      u using some serious chemicals or smoking some good high grade
    • Rubber Duck (11/05/2022, 23:42) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      You must be a relative. Maybe the brother with the big house behind all the defenses.

      It’s over. Leave before you too are in the cell for life.
    • You’re kidding … (12/05/2022, 07:55) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
      How can US law enforcers conduct operations in the BVI against alleged members of proscribed terrorist organisation Hezbollah (‘several meetings’ in October on Tortola) without the cooperation of the RVIPF, the Office of the Governor and/or the UK’s FCDO? Or do US agencies have free rein in the BVI? Was the CoP aware or informed that foreign terrorists were on island and what if anything did he do about it? Also, is it really coincidence that the Governor announced he had received the COI report on 4 April and said he wanted at least 14 days to consider it, when in the meantime the DEA were arranging to meet the BVIPA‘s MD and the Premier on Tortola on 7 April and met them again to arrest them in Miami on 27 April? Then the Governor immediately published the COI report. Who is kidding who?
      • Hoover (12/05/2022, 09:45) Like (11) Dislike (2) Reply
        You really believe that US law enforcement , especially the DEA, is going to tell agencies in the BVI about it’s secret operations? They might as well put an advert in Drug Trader Weekly.
    • @Freethedrew (12/05/2022, 08:28) Like (5) Dislike (2) Reply
      Thanks heavens they did. WHat a wicked and corrupt man
  • Mufeng (11/05/2022, 17:17) Like (89) Dislike (28) Reply
    Keep him where he is. We don't want him back in the Virgin Islands, period.
    • what (11/05/2022, 17:36) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
      vI. We from ....not no where edle
    • Moesha (11/05/2022, 18:02) Like (12) Dislike (37) Reply
      If it were you or one of your loved ones would you say the same thing? Yes the man done wrong but to say such a thing as to keep him where he is you don’t want him is ridiculous. You can’t deny the man where he was born okay. Give him his due punishment but cut out all the foolishness.
    • agreed (11/05/2022, 18:40) Like (36) Dislike (10) Reply
      Please keep him, ports lady and her son in Miami. We don’t want them back in the territory. They are not welcome back here.
    • hmmm (11/05/2022, 18:50) Like (22) Dislike (41) Reply
      Continue to kick a man when he is down. People make mistakes and should be given a second chance. We are a set of wicked people.
      • @hmmm (12/05/2022, 12:35) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        The only mistake he made was getting caught. And that mistake will cost him plenty. He was a one man wrecking crew. KEEP HIM UP THERE!!!!

        BVI don’t know the definition of justice. Down here it’s a slap on the wrist depending on who yuh fuh. Andrew need real hard core American justice.
  • hi (11/05/2022, 17:38) Like (15) Dislike (5) Reply
    Where is your God in all this the one you usually taĺķ about come on God is not mock what so ever a man sow that shell also reap so you sow corruption and that you are reaping now me son
  • be still (11/05/2022, 17:59) Like (14) Dislike (26) Reply
    Virgin Islanders suddenly are all saints. Remember no sin is greater than another. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. I am ashamed of some of the comments. I suddenly realise the Virgin Islands is the holy land. Christ came not to save the righteous but sinners to repentance.
  • Freethedrew (11/05/2022, 18:09) Like (20) Dislike (29) Reply
    Ayuh stop deh. He is one a we. Send him home.
    Who vex, vex.
    • james (11/05/2022, 21:38) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
      @freethedrew…do you feel this way about all our young men and women who got caught up in the drug trade and are currently serving time in America or any where else abroad? Or only “the Drew” is one of us?
      • @jJames (12/05/2022, 00:20) Like (10) Dislike (4) Reply
        We never disown our people regardless of what they do wrong or
        who they are. Bad or good they are ours and we are not going to start now. Even if your children do wrong you punish them but you donot disown them. All of you who quoting the bible to justify your hate and vengence remember the story of the prodigal son. Andrew did wrong to fall for that set up. He got played by the masters of the game and he cannot hold a public office again because he has a weekness but he is a human being and only God knows what some of you who calling for his blood doing. I am conceen about you all because you all have an agenda and he had to be sacrificed so the agenda can be successful. We are going to see how this whole take over thing is going to play out. I hope and pray that the rest of us are not being played also
  • Oooops (11/05/2022, 18:38) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    Lol anit you all was running down America and even having all your kids there? Lol now look what America Has done to you? And now mother UK wants to come back with the strap to trash youl a...zz
    • Really? (13/05/2022, 09:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are such a bitter person. What is your real point? Regardless to who birthed their children in the US, it has nothing to do with the indiscretions of the former Premier or the CoI findings. You are an azz.
  • God is not dead (11/05/2022, 18:46) Like (7) Dislike (32) Reply
    The Hebrew Andrew Must return in jesus name
    It have lot more in hiding !
    God give Andrew And Maynard 1more chance
    Make the enemies shame !
  • The LAW! (11/05/2022, 19:10) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    ["If you don't follow the law; the law will follow you"]..
  • 999 (11/05/2022, 19:23) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    my heart is for the family and that will never change meanwhile Andrew intentionally got himself into this confusion and for whatever reasons him alone must know
    • @999 (12/05/2022, 06:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You must not have read about the other half being investigated before and why were they also going St. Maarten to the witchcraft man.

      Read the Affidavit.
  • Can Can (11/05/2022, 20:27) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
    CAN all you CAN while you CAN , now that you're in the CAN.
  • Can…. Ah da… (11/05/2022, 21:30) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    Can serious words yur say Dey.
  • island man (11/05/2022, 22:06) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    From the time you put tax and the monies I sent back home to take care of my family. I begin shedding tears. No tears goes in vain. I do home other white collar criminals in neck ties or taking note.
  • How About (11/05/2022, 22:26) Like (10) Dislike (8) Reply
    How about saying a prayer for the man and his family during this difficult time. Come on we can do a lot better than being bitter. Each one of us is subject to failure, we are not perfect and so let's not fool ourselves.
  • Set him free!! (11/05/2022, 23:37) Like (5) Dislike (12) Reply
    Or else take the rest of we too! Don’t you see this is war?! Foreign powers have finally achieved a goal set in motion long before our leader was premier, they laid in wait, and organized in the House of Commons and in Washington DC on how they would capture our people!

    Am not distracted by convenient trumped up charges, no affidavit can determine what is really at play here!

    Bottom line, our leader is a prisoner of war, his courage to stand up to foreign power cost him everything. There is war going on outside, no guns and bombs, war for the future nonetheless! War on our freedoms, on our lands and our people!

    We will never relent in our cause for self identify and freedom to determine our destiny!
    • @ Set him free (12/05/2022, 10:29) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      or else take the rest of who???????
      Go sit with him in prison.
      Joker of the day
  • Living in America (12/05/2022, 08:03) Like (13) Dislike (2) Reply
    Stop the BS about America set up your drug running ex leader. He was on American soil doing his dirty. You all calling down America so don’t come to America when you need medical services or any other services you ungrateful D***. We are watching all of you from your territory. DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS. REMEMBER THE DOLLARS YOU ARE USING SAYS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WRITTEN ACROSS THE TOP.
  • Denier (12/05/2022, 10:16) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    @set him free!! why do I think you are one of Fahie’s cronies expecting to be arrested at any moment? Good luck with that.
  • BVI Future (12/05/2022, 13:42) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Who is paying for his legal defense?
    Andrew took the bait so let us not blame each other.
    Andrew has a choice to turn evidence and call names; however, that comes with a price.
    In the meanwhile, there needs to be unity in Tortola.
  • Big Slick Willie (12/05/2022, 17:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    And the mighty shall fall.

    It just seems irresistable. As we see it all over Africa (yes I lived there) and the corruption. Some people just can't resist the temptation. Game's over now Fahie and cronies.

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