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Antiguan MP Michael declares: “No charges have been laid or are likely to be laid against me”


by Kenicia Francis (Antigua Observer) Billionaire property developer Peter Virdee has appeared in a court in London accused of bribing an Antiguan politician, according to a statement from the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Virdee, also known as “Batman,” allegedly bribed current St Peter MP Asot Michael from January 2015 to July 2017 when he was the minister for tourism, to benefit PV Energy Ltd, the company he is a director of.

Michael responded to the reported development in a press release yesterday.

“It was the unilateral decision of the Comrade Leader of the ABLP to remove me from the ABLP ticket on the basis that I had a criminal charge either pending or likely to be soon pending in the English Courts. It has been some seven years and it is now clear, as substantiated in written correspondence to my UK Solicitors Kingsley Napley PLC, from Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA), that no charges have been laid or are likely to be laid against me as forecasted by the good gentleman.

“Many would remember the taunts in Parliament and outside where he kept indicating that charges were around the corner, like an eagle from above, they would swoop down and remove me from his path. Again, no such charges have or are being laid. If they were, surely, I would not be titled as the victim in the charges against Mr. Virdee. I cannot see how this amounts to vindication. I remain uncharged and innocent of all allegations of wrongdoing, whether in the UK or anywhere else.

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