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'It’s not my job to proclaim' Andrew A. Fahie 'innocent or guilty'- Premier Wheatley

- said it has been a challenge to make communication with the former Premier
Premier and Minister of Finance, Agriculture and Fisheries Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7), right, has said it has been a challenge establishing communication with former Premier Andrew A. Fahie, left, who remains incarcerated in a prison in Miami, Florida. Photo: GIS/File
Premier and Minister of Finance, Agriculture and Fisheries Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) during an interview with JTV Channel 55 today, May 9, 2022. Photo: Facebook
Premier and Minister of Finance, Agriculture and Fisheries Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) during an interview with JTV Channel 55 today, May 9, 2022. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Premier and Minister of Finance, Agriculture and Fisheries Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) has said it has been a challenge establishing communication with former Virgin Islands' Premier Andrew A. Fahie, who remains imprisoned in Miami, Florida.

It was on April 28, 2022, that Mr Fahie and Director of the BVI Ports Authority (BVIPA) Oleanvine Maynard were arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at an airport in Miami on charges of conspiracy to traffic cocaine to the United States of America (USA) and money laundering.

'It's difficult to speak' with Mr Fahie- Premier Wheatley

Speaking out about his non-communication with Mr Fahie, Dr Wheatley said on the JTV Channel 55 News Update today, May 9, 2022, that due to the situation of Mr Fahie, "it’s difficult to speak with him, he doesn’t have any form of communication, of course there was a decision made by the courts in Miami that he would be released on bail, that decision has been challenged and he remains in detention at this particular moment,” Dr Wheatley stated.

The new premier also said the alleged actions of Mr Fahie are hurtful and damaging; however, he still prays for him and family.

“I am not sure what level of communication we will have but I just want to let the people of the Virgin Islands know that despite what he has alleged to have committed, despite all the ways in which the Virgin Islands is challenged because of what he is alleged to have been involved in, he is a human being. Certainly my thoughts and prayers are with him and with his family, especially his mother who is mourning the loss of her daughter and now has to deal with the challenge of her son being detained and arrested."

Premier Wheatley insisted on a non-judgmental position as the matter has to be tried in a court of law.

“It’s not my job to proclaim him innocent or guilty, he will go through the court process and if he is found to be guilty he would be punished for what he is alleged to have done and I can only ask pray to God that this experience helps him to become a better person.”

Mr Fahie 'is entitled to the presumption of innocence'- OECS

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has also called on persons to not rush to judge Mr Fahie but to let the legal process run its course.

"Like all persons charged with a criminal offense, Andrew Fahie is entitled to the presumption of innocence, procedural fairness, and a free and affair trial within a reasonable time," the OECS noted in a statement on May 2, 2022.

Mr Fahie is slated to make a pre-trial court appearance on May 13, 2022.

25 Responses to “'It’s not my job to proclaim' Andrew A. Fahie 'innocent or guilty'- Premier Wheatley”

  • rattie (09/05/2022, 16:16) Like (23) Dislike (49) Reply
    You kicked him out so it’s clear your position
    • 5 years for unity government. (09/05/2022, 17:17) Like (32) Dislike (48) Reply
      With Marlon as Deputy Premier bringing more and better balance to the unity construct. We should give them 5 yrs together to put things in order...Bypass or forego or disregard the upcoming election..I think they can bring us back giving them the time...
      • Crazy joe (09/05/2022, 17:53) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
        And what will you do when they don’t , because you know full well they have zero intention of changing anything - except who gets the biggest slice of the cheese.
      • To 5 Years (09/05/2022, 18:00) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      • Motion (09/05/2022, 19:18) Like (3) Dislike (13) Reply
        i feel same way, we keep saying all of them need cleaning out but who exactly we going to replace them in there. i feel they should be given a chance. only thing i see is moving Malone and putting Shana Smith as district rep. Moving Mark Vanterpool from his district also. 9th district leader want change also. give John Samuel need a role somewhere.
    • Rubber Duck (09/05/2022, 17:52) Like (28) Dislike (3) Reply
      After kissing his backside for 3.5 years. And raising not a whisper as the mis management and theft went on around him.
    • Guest (09/05/2022, 21:31) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
      You are not suggesting that somehow we should have left a remanded prisoner in charge of the country. For love of country Andrew Fahie ought to have instructed his lawyer to draft and present his letter of resignation for his signature and subsequent submission to the relevant authorities. It is called country above self.
    • Greg (10/05/2022, 09:34) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      @ rattie. Why should Natalio take the rap for something Andrew was doing. This crap about guilty by association is wrong. I had an acquaintance at work but did not know what they were doing privately, but because we ate lunch sometimes together and chatted at work, they called me in to question me about illegal things my associate was doing. I was shocked and had no answers for them, which they deemed to not question me anymore. We all hear stories about shady people we work with, but that doesn't mean we are guilty for knowing them, and it is not our job to blow the whistle on them. They will get caught on enough on their own, that is why the investigators get paid.
  • Hdhd (09/05/2022, 16:21) Like (34) Dislike (1) Reply
    Alleged crimes my foot. The guy was caught on camera and there are audio recordings and he even accepted the money and want to say alleged?
    Sheep luck ain't goat luck. Evil gets a free pass while person in the country are punished left right and center.

    No individual be it leaders in authority or the every day man is above the law.
    • @Hdhd (09/05/2022, 19:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      regarding your last line, in theory, yes. but reality is different
  • What a friend (09/05/2022, 16:37) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
    From all of your babbling Sowande we all know that you already condemn your ex friend and leader. As a good marksman you saw a chance and you took it. While his body was yet warm you buried him. Your take over could have been handled differently. You moved too quick to take his position. You could have showed some loyalty it is only now you declaring you are not making a declaration. The truth be known tolans don't like each other so how will they like expats. I am giving you credit for one good move. You recognized the dullest bulb in the room as you out him to pasture please hurry up and let the sheep join him. If you want to lift the bvi you must tie that sheep.
  • lucky 13 (09/05/2022, 16:58) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    FRIDAY the 13
  • My one Question. (09/05/2022, 17:12) Like (9) Dislike (30) Reply
    Has anyone heard from Fahie, has Fahie reached out to give his side of the story, or has anyone reached out to him to hear his side of the story,. All we are hearing is a one side story from the enemy, the enemy will always create a damning story seeking to destroy....I hate the fact of condemning a person on a one side story,..
    • BuzzBvi (09/05/2022, 17:48) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
      Didn't you just condemn someone as the enemy?? ISn't Fahie the enemy of the VI??
    • Secret Bear (09/05/2022, 17:50) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yes, many journalists have reached out to him and/or his lawyer and gotten no response. It’s not that no one has asked him. Talking to the media right now could harm his case and so it’s no surprise he is choosing not to speak out. He will get his day in court in time and tell his side the same as every defendant.
  • join (09/05/2022, 17:29) Like (1) Dislike (13) Reply
    Lest not bleam any one when the court sentane him we would go from there I would not like to see him spend years in jail when he comes home he will have to start all over again
  • Senegalese (09/05/2022, 17:36) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Do you think Fahie can have a refund for past payments or waiver of current charges, since de obeah didnt work?
    • Really??!! (10/05/2022, 12:54) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Is obeah the man obeah him why he get catch. The man tired waiting around on that $83,000 dey, so he fix him! Upfront payment or you get OBEAH!!
  • Corruption (09/05/2022, 17:40) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is your job to have investigated by persons having no vested interest the many allegations of corruption in the public service and the government.
  • unfit (09/05/2022, 17:59) Like (16) Dislike (1) Reply
    If you are unable to see wrong when it stares you in the face, you are not fit to run this country
  • justice (09/05/2022, 20:56) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Andrew used a lot of people and Sowande turned a blind eye. Hope he can do the right thing by them people. Asking god for forgiveness is one thing but making amends is another. Walk the walk or talk the talk.
    • really?? (10/05/2022, 10:52) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I think Sowande was one of those people for the connection of his brother in England. You are correct he can/should make amends to the people and hope great lessons was learned from the behavior of past leaders (Not just Andrew) Give him and his colleagues an opportunity to do the peoples work and see what they bring to the table. Election is just 10 months away and at this point what do we have to loose?
  • Health care (09/05/2022, 22:57) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope now that there no board and a new health minster we the hard working back bone of the health care workers who break our backs in thick and thin to keep this island afloat at the Dr Orlando Hospital during the August floods the hurricanes and pandemic you can cone and find out how in the name of heavens the last administration could come up and decide to pay the workers at the end of their times 1% yes a bear measy 1% in compensation for they working time.
    If that the way to treat the professionals in this country who sat down in collages and universities for years to study to be paid 1% at the end of their years of service
    I am wondering if that the same for all workers in this country in government or private sector or is it only at the hospital where there is no justice or union to speak to before you get terminated for speaking
    So Mr Health minster PLEASE COME AND MAKE IT RIGHT with your health care providers who work long hard 12hr shifts to save your country come take us out of this 1% pay rule let us go forward with smiling faces
    Simple formula one month salary by no of yrs by 60-80%=money paid please don't let our backs be broken for this 1% that can't buy fuel for our cars or buy land at the end of our journey HELP US PLEASR MR HEALTH MINISTER PLEASE
  • Me mamma (09/05/2022, 22:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Well all I jave to say os that Piko made a fool out of himself for nothing . No election coming no time soon. What a thing.
  • Sick Sick (10/05/2022, 07:54) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    stop beating the dead horse and tell the people of this country what will be done in the future. the past done gone(my goodness!!!!!

    Stop the old talk, we need political leadership with thinkers) some should recall the Hon Lettsome; Hon Walters; Hon Hodge; Hon Stoutt: Hon Brewley and this list goes on

    These good men took our people out of certain living conditions to where as a people we were able to drive from village to village; running water and they help the people build homes for themselves

    Hon Soutt was very instrumental in building the administration complex were the residents could go to one location and conduct government business(we had to run around road town just to deal government

    Hon Stoutt saw it fit to build the collage for the people of these virgin islands…..look around not much is being done for the people these day by those we vote into political office (they have their special groups)…….run talk that

    all the money you and me hear in the budget speeches year after years: public roads for the people in poor condition: in 2022 you and me still driving along unlit public roads…..with all the money talk

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