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‘I am vindicated over legal fees; Chickens coming home to roost’- Willock

Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Mr Julian Willock has said he is now vindicated and that the public will agree whatever legal fees were spent in court matters involving him as Speaker was in the interest of the people. Photo: GIS/File
Mr Julian Willock is a strong believer in the need to expand the airport runway on Beef Island. Photo: VINO/File
Mr Julian Willock is a strong believer in the need to expand the airport runway on Beef Island. Photo: VINO/File
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Mr Julian Willock has said he is now vindicated and that the public will agree whatever legal fees were spent in court matters involving him as Speaker was in the interest of the people.

Mr Willock appeared on Talking Points with hosts Damion C. Grange and Elvin Grant on Monday, November 14, 2022, on radio station ZBVI 780 AM.

When asked about the legal fees associated with the 2019 Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) court case, Mr Willock noted that the member had resigned but weeks later had a change of heart. Mr Willock explained that the only reason he challenged the matter in court was to obtain a legal precedent.

"Please remember at the time there was no Speaker and the letter was written to the Clerk," Mr Willock noted.

As for the objection and injunction filed in his capacity as Speaker of the HoA against three Commission of Inquiry (CoI) lawyers practicing law in the Territory illegally, according to the Attorney General, Mr Willock noted that what he was fighting for was a legal system that is fair and protects all. Not “one for them” and “one for us”.  

He noted the recent arrest and charge of former Education Minister Myron V. Walwyn, and Director of International Affairs Secretariat Najan Christopher are examples of two justice systems. The Virgin Islander asked: “What happened in the death of Frandy Martin?….that seems to be gone by the wayside. What about the human smuggling scandal involving the police force? In this matter, someone paid a fine, apologised, and is now working in the police force. It is now clear the double standards, so the chickens have come home to roost,” Mr Willock insisted.                                       

Zero cost to taxpayers, I have a plan                                                                

Ironically, the matter with the CoI lawyers cost taxpayers zero, since a High Court judge and the HoA both ordered Mr Willock to pay out of pocket.

While on the same show, Mr Willock stated that if he runs for office he wants to champion the airport runway expansion, get meaningful help for the poor and create an economic plan. “Too many people are suffering” he stated. The former Speaker also said, “it’s too hard doing business in the BVI, from work permit delays, clearance delays and visa delays.”

The businessman and former popular Speaker said he will have an announcement next month, as to whether he will run for office in the 2023 elections.

15 Responses to “‘I am vindicated over legal fees; Chickens coming home to roost’- Willock”

  • Reply (15/11/2022, 12:56) Like (8) Dislike (60) Reply
    We got you wiggo
  • asura (15/11/2022, 13:15) Like (11) Dislike (83) Reply
    This man spent LESS that 200 thousand in lawsuits that give us good legal footing. All of which was in the people's interest. He a little nuff but he has earned our respect!
  • smh (15/11/2022, 13:19) Like (8) Dislike (71) Reply
    Thank you, vino, for giving Mr. Willock a voice so he can clear his name further. The people will wake up that all I will say as I agreed with him 100%
  • pat (15/11/2022, 13:26) Like (8) Dislike (69) Reply
    Say what you want like him or not this man is first class. Will be a great candidate come next election. Finally we reach at the top of the barrel for people who can run the country now! I’d rather listen to Mr. Julian any day because he is sincere and knows what he is saying and have solutions to make our life better. He is one of the most sort after individuals from D3
    • the rock (15/11/2022, 14:23) Like (28) Dislike (9) Reply
      He will never go up against Frazer, cant beat Frazer, he knows that to well!
  • Go for it Willock (15/11/2022, 13:49) Like (9) Dislike (72) Reply
    The Virgin Islands need some strong indoviduals like Willock to be our representative.
  • Loose mouth (15/11/2022, 14:36) Like (6) Dislike (33) Reply
    Mr. Former Speaker, I hold you a bit higher than that. Please do not stoop to the level of others.
  • one eye (15/11/2022, 17:48) Like (5) Dislike (25) Reply
    Julian we love yu
  • cnn (15/11/2022, 18:41) Like (4) Dislike (26) Reply
    People seems to hate strong leaders keep on your path Jules
  • Vino Real. (15/11/2022, 21:19) Like (1) Dislike (16) Reply
    I love how you guys keep it fair & balance.
  • Vindicated by what (16/11/2022, 02:21) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nrxy time please put in one or two opposing views to make it look authentic. This gives you the same feelings lime watvhing FOX.
  • Make the bvi proud (16/11/2022, 05:51) Like (4) Dislike (31) Reply
    The man is brilliant did you hear his interview with national public radio?
  • Yes to UK (16/11/2022, 10:25) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    @pat You mean the BOTTOM OF THE BARREL


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