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CoI has no ‘evidence of corruption’ – Premier asserts

- said if UK had evidence of corruption there would be no need for a CoI
Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew. A. Fahie (R1) is confident that after more than six months, the United Kingdom’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) has not found any information of corruption in the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
ZBVI reporter Zan Lewis wanted to know how Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) could say the Commission of Inquiry has no evidence of corruption. Photo: VINO
ZBVI reporter Zan Lewis wanted to know how Premier Andrew A. Fahie (R1) could say the Commission of Inquiry has no evidence of corruption. Photo: VINO
The Commission of Inquiry was called by the controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, who was accused of being antagonistic towards the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government. Photo: VINO/File
The Commission of Inquiry was called by the controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, who was accused of being antagonistic towards the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance Honourable Andrew. A. Fahie (R1) is confident that after more than six months, the United Kingdom’s Commission of Inquiry (CoI) has not found any information of corruption in the Virgin Islands.

Premier Fahie told reporters during his press conference on Friday, August 27, 2021, that none of the thousands of documents that the government submitted to the CoI through the Inquiry Response Unit (IRU) shows dishonesty.

“I’m not just assuming; there has been no information that shows any corruption,” he replied when asked by ZBVI reporter Zan Lewis how he could make such a statement to a certain UK newspaper.

“They [CoI] provided that information to you?” Lewis asked.

“We provided it to them,” Premier Fahie responded.

“How do you know if they have evidence [of corruption] and they’re not telling you…and there is no official report?” Lewis questioned.

Hon Fahie said although no official report on the CoI’s findings has been made, it's “just common sense. If you have evidence of corruption, you don’t hold a CoI.”

CoI

The CoI, being led by a lone Commissioner and UK national Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom, was called by the controversial ex-governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert, who was accused of being antagonistic towards the Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government led by Premier Fahie.

Mr Jaspert schemed the Inquiry with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and even announced it without notifying the elected government. News of the Inquiry had even reached the UK press before the VI Government and local press found out.

Jaspert exited the territory mere days after announcing the CoI on Martin Luther King Jr Day. After a short break in August, the CoI is scheduled to resume its hearings on September 6, 2021, the 4th anniversary of the destructive and deadly Hurricane Irma making landfall in the VI.

The purpose of the CoI, according to the Commission, is to establish whether there is evidence of corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty that has taken place in public office in recent years, and if so, what conditions allowed this to happen.

The CoI, in addition, will ensure that the territory’s governance is working fairly and in a transparent manner.

Commissioner Hickinbottom will, upon the completion of the CoI in January 2022, report his findings to the Governor, and if there is evidence of corruption, it could lead to criminal charges being laid through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. 

So far, controversial matters such as the Tortola Pier Park Project, the Elmore Stoutt High School Wall, and the recent awarding of COVID-19 stimulus grants have been heard during live hearings.

20 Responses to “CoI has no ‘evidence of corruption’ – Premier asserts”

  • No evidence of corruption? (30/08/2021, 14:38) Like (53) Dislike (5) Reply
    I suspect you are in for a big shock
  • See All (30/08/2021, 14:40) Like (67) Dislike (2) Reply
    Well Mr Premier the people has seen and heard the evidence. That is what should matter to you.
    The VI will never look at you or the other current VIP members the same again, ever.
    • Windy (30/08/2021, 15:50) Like (5) Dislike (18) Reply
      can any one get more corrupt than the NDP?
      • @ Windy (30/08/2021, 19:55) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
        Response.
        Yes. The ViP to date,has to date, made that distinction.
        But there is still time for the NDP to reveal at least one fraction of corruption.
  • Hope (30/08/2021, 14:48) Like (42) Dislike (2) Reply
    The sooner you all come to the reality that this is real and quit the denial it will be better. The COI is not Joking, they are hear looking for blood.. The things we've been hearing from witnesses. Hmmm. Ain't going end up good..
  • WOW (30/08/2021, 14:50) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
    Take your time bro , it’s not over yet. Don’t rush the brush you’ll get dabbed.
    Even if there is no corruption, be quiet, let them say that themselves, now if something goes wrong every will say “didn’t the Premier say there is no corruption?” So be calm and just wait.
    Say no more please.
  • Windy (30/08/2021, 14:53) Like (11) Dislike (66) Reply
    every time i see that racist Gus I want to trow up! he was the worst governor ever
  • jokes (30/08/2021, 14:59) Like (44) Dislike (2) Reply
    But we here have evidence of corruption and of victimization and no transparency.
  • STILL IN THE WOODS (30/08/2021, 15:44) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    THE COI IS NOT PLAYING WITH YOU GUYS SO YOU BETTER NOT PLAY WITH THE COI!!!!


    FACTS
  • red flag (30/08/2021, 17:04) Like (31) Dislike (1) Reply
    It's always a red flag when someone says you have no "evidence" of something.
  • Please... (30/08/2021, 17:17) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    I beg oooo Hon. Premier, don't you know that you should never count the chickens before they hatch. What if there is corruption, how will you handle it sir?
  • sir (30/08/2021, 17:19) Like (29) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dear Mr, Premier,

    Where there is smoke there's fire.

    Kind regards
    fireman
  • It is not over until it is over. (30/08/2021, 18:36) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    The CoI probe is on going. In addition to that, the fat lady has not yet sing.
    Denial of evidence is like a bent arrow, unable to hit it's target. In my honest opinion, Hon. Premier, you are not convincing.
  • priest (30/08/2021, 19:19) Like (123) Dislike (0) Reply
    Premier, most Captains believe their ship is unsinkable until it does. It frightens me to hear you and anyone else say that there is no evidence of corruption within the Government. Your Government has been calling for a COI for a long time especially with the Cruise Pier. You were part or leader of the opposition then. Is your comment an indication that you were wrong? Truly Sir it frightens me to hear you utter those words. Another thing even a thief who is caught redhanded is investigated so calling a COI is not an indication of no corruption.
  • Dotish (30/08/2021, 19:59) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    But , how can that be when you have failed to submit evidence requested by the COI.Dot I
    Hope you are not doting Sir.
  • Ya awl (31/08/2021, 08:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well the return of the COI this week will be interesting. Premier, guess we will all see the truth soon. Any supermarkets have a sale on pampers!
  • Hi Fahie (31/08/2021, 08:05) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    There is evidence of corruption. You said that the NDP Govt was the most corrupt ever.
  • Here comes.. (31/08/2021, 08:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Frozen bank accounts, seized assets, criminal trials.
  • Mr. Delusional (31/08/2021, 10:01) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Living in his own reality or he just afraid of the truth...


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