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Customs Boss Wade N. Smith still not called back to work

-as legal case against VI Gov't continues
Commissioner of Customs in the Virgin Islanders Wade N. Smith has not been instructed to return to work according to sources close to the situation speaking on condition of anonymity to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO). Photo: VINO/File
Attorney Terrence F. Williams is representing Smith in the case. Photo: Team of Reporters
Attorney Terrence F. Williams is representing Smith in the case. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Commissioner of Customs Mr Wade N. Smith has not been instructed to return to work, according to sources close to the situation speaking on condition of anonymity to Virgin Islands News Online (VINO).

This comes amidst a false report by BVI News Online and a radio station in the Virgin Islands. The two entities claimed Mr Smith was scheduled to return to work today, November 21, 2022, after being sent on leave on Thursday, August 18, 2022. 

Armed with a high-powered Attorney, Mr Terrence F. Williams, a former Virgin Islands Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mr Smith is currently engaged in a legal battle with the Government of the Virgin Islands. 

In August 2022, Mr Smith was sent on administrative leave, which took effect from 5:00 pm the same day; however, the reasons for the leave are still unknown. 

Court battle 

It remains unclear if and when Mr Smith will return to work, as the legal battle against the government continues. The Commission of Inquiry report written by retired one-man British Judge Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom found no corruption in the Customs Department under Mr Smith's leadership; however, Mr Smith was apparently targeted.

Many are questioning whether it was payback for Mr Smith exposing lawbreaking and misuse of government property in the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force, which is led by UK national Mark Collins.

In the first Judicial Review (JR) hearing that took place on Thursday, November 3, 2022, the Attorney General Chambers represented the Human Resources Director. 

The JR is to answer the question as to the reasons why Mr Smith was sent on administrative leave. According to information obtained by our newsroom, no formal reason was given to Mr Smith for being sent home, only that the Government has the right to send officers on leave as prescribed in its General Orders and policies.

Judge Heather Felix-Evans has since found compelling cause for the JR to move forward and that the Human Resources Director’s action in placing Mr Smith on leave without explanation was ultra vires, and a breach of natural justice and unreasonableness.

14 Responses to “Customs Boss Wade N. Smith still not called back to work”

  • jack (21/11/2022, 18:17) Like (8) Dislike (33) Reply
    Once it’s not on vino I don’t read it
  • ???? WORKS (21/11/2022, 18:58) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Well let's get it on and expose those who needs exposing and let's get the cleaning process in motion , ,/ we ain't here forever
  • Native Senior Citizen of the British Virgin Islands (21/11/2022, 19:01) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Let us be honest on this topic issue. Mr. Wade Smith do deserve an explanation to know why he hasn't yet been called back to work, and more importantly the general public also need to know why as soon as possible.
    There is a saying that a person is innocent until first been proven guilty.
    Why pay civil servants, including Mr. Wade Smith, not to perform civil duties for a long period of time, if you have evidence why they shouldn't be on the job? Isn't this continuing practice lost lost of public funds that can be given to underpaid civil servants, and use to help inhance the value of our roads, schools, health care, etc., and help to better develop our inadequate infrastructure? In many and mine honest opinion, yes.
    Vote your conscience honestly. Like or dislike.
  • justin (22/11/2022, 01:33) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    still collecting monthly payments or what
    • I bet so (22/11/2022, 07:08) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      They habe to pay him cant send a man home no pay with no explanation higher law suit that u cause me and my family to starve unjustifyingly knowing i have bills. That they will avoid without proper evidence. And even if half pay they will have repay him every cent they didnt
    • Lawyer (22/11/2022, 08:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply

      To pay his awyer fees. All jokes aside. The man was sent home for what? The entire HR Dept needs cleaning up. Starting from Mi**** downwards. Cause them mds are f*** with people lives..

  • ok (22/11/2022, 03:46) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    mr smith keep the faith
  • Huge Mistake (22/11/2022, 06:06) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wade should have just sit back, relax, collect that portion of his salary, watch, listen and act wisely.. find out what the Governor has on him .This rush to prove his innocence isn't necessary. Innocence is innocence now or 2 yrs later and Justice will require back pay. Then again, These must be a good reason to send him home with legal advice knowing the reprocussions...
  • Be patient (22/11/2022, 07:08) Like (31) Dislike (0) Reply
    Government Official number one will be named soon.
  • asking for a friend (22/11/2022, 07:54) Like (4) Dislike (10) Reply
    When is collins going to be sent on leave?
    • @ asking for a friend (22/11/2022, 08:34) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
      Maybe we should let the rats stay in the cheese shop too so Ranking and Collins will never go!
  • Why (22/11/2022, 08:26) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Why your afraid of Mr Collins,because he find all the bad sheep
  • smh (22/11/2022, 10:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Maybe he is one the monitoring the drones now stationed around the virgin islands?
  • Freemason (23/11/2022, 16:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Use your third Eye my brother! Keep faith in the darkness!

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