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August 30th, 2021
Attorney Michael J. Fay QC writes to CoI about its lawyers practising illegally in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Former Deputy High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and Queen’s Counsel Mr Michael J. Fay is just one of the legal minds in the Virgin Islands (VI) who have declared that the lawyers working with the United Kingdom (UK) sponsored Commission of Inquiry in the VI are doing so illegally, having not been called to the BVI Bar.

August 25th, 2021
Will CoI lawyers accused of breaching VI law feature in upcoming hearings?

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) controversially launched by the United Kingdom Government to investigate allegations of corruption in the Virgin Islands has dodged questions on whether its team of 3 lawyers will be working during its upcoming hearings despite the matter of them allegedly operating illegally now the subject of a court hearing.

July 10th, 2021
CoI moves to remote only witnesses as VI COVID-19 cases surge

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – As COVID-19 infections surge in the Virgin Islands (VI), the UK-sponsored VI Commission of Inquiry (CoI) continues to ignore calls to temporarily suspend its operations and allow the local Government to focus on managing the deadly pandemic.

July 8th, 2021
CoI pushing ahead despite severe COVID outbreak in VI

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Even as the Virgin Islands (VI) continues to experience the worst hit of the COVID-19 outbreak since the global pandemic started a year ago, the United Kingdom-sponsored Commission of Inquiry (CoI) has indicated it will still move ahead with its work.

June 3rd, 2021
FCDO is restricted to providing IT infrastructure- CoI claims

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- With concerns continuing to grow about the secrecy and motives of the United Kingdom-sponsored Commission of Inquiry (CoI), the Commission has sought to assure the public that their data provided to the Commission is secure and that the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) does not collect data.

June 2nd, 2021
CoI Commissioner asks for extension to deliver final report

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Lone commissioner in the VI Commission of Inquiry (CoI), Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom QC has announced that he requested an extension of time to compile his final report about the investigations.

February 27th, 2021
Controversial VI CoI moves into stage two

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The now controversial Virgin Islands (VI) Commission of Inquiry (CoI) on unfounded allegations of corruption and discrimination in the VI public service under the Fahie administration have moved into stage two according to a February 26, 2021, press release from the CoI Press Secretary Steven Chandler.

February 15th, 2021
Public officers ‘have every right’ to approach Commission directly- CoI Secretary

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Commission of Inquiry called by controversial former Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert to look into whether corruption, abuse of office or other serious dishonesty may have taken place amongst public, elected and statutory officials in recent years in the [British] Virgin Islands is making an appeal to anyone who would like to submit information relating to the Inquiry to do so as soon as possible via the various channels in place.

February 4th, 2021
CoI commissioner departs for UK after ‘productive first visit' to islands

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- After what it called a “productive first visit” to the sister islands on February 1, 2021, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into governance in the Virgin Islands has announced its Commissioner Gary R. Hickinbottom and Press Secretary Mr Steven Chandler will depart the Virgin Islands for the United Kingdom (UK) to consult with the recently appointed Counsel to the Commission Bilal Rawat.

January 31st, 2021
CoI Commissioner to visit sister islands tomorrow, Feb 1, 2021

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Commissioner of the Inquiry into governance in the Virgin Islands, Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom, will be on the sister islands on Monday, February 1, 2021, and will be available to meet with residents there who may wish to speak with him.


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