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BVI: Jurors rejected Fahie’s ‘Jason Bourne’ defence strategy


(BVI News) The legal strategy for former Premier Andrew Fahie involved a risky shot at convincing jurors that he was acting out a real-life version of the fictional CIA spy character, Jason Bourne.

Fahie’s attorney, Theresa Van Vliet, pressed ahead with the Bourne defence despite numerous inconsistencies in the narrative, telling jurors Fahie was concerned that the British didn’t like him and that he secretly agreed to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to unravel a UK government plot to remove him from office as Premier.

Those promised bribes were made to Fahie and his co-accused, former BVI Port Authority Managing Director Oleanvine Maynard, so they could provide safe harbour and unhindered passage for thousands of kilos of cocaine through the BVI that was destined for the United States.

Maynard helped prosecutors show jurors that there was no truth behind Fahie’s Bourne spy character defence, spending hours testifying about secret recordings of Fahie agreeing with the plan and receiving advanced payments to sweeten the deal.

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