By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Andrew Fahie is expected to resign as Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) following the successful passing of a Motion of No Confidence in the BVI House of Assembly today (May 05, 2022).
Acting Premier Dr. Hon. Natalio Wheatly moved the Motion of No Confidence on behalf of the National Unity Government to remove Fahie as Premier following his arrest in Miami last week Thursday on allegations of money laundering and drug trafficking.
BVI’s Constitution (Chapter 4, section 53) gives the Governor the power to revoke Fahie’s appointment as Premier but before revoking his appointment, the Governor shall consult with the Premier and, if the Premier so requests, the Governor, acting in his or her discretion, may dissolve the House of Assembly instead of revoking the appointment.
According to the Miami Herald, the Premier of the British Virgin Islands, whom U.S. prosecutors described as “corrupt to the core,” was given a $500,000 bond that could see him released from prison as he awaits trial on charges tied to a U.S. narcotics sting.
In a surprise decision, federal court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes rejected prosecutors’ argument that Andrew Fahie may flee the U.S. and possibly engage in criminal activity if he is freed. Instead, she said he could remain in Miami, confined to the rented apartment of his two daughters if he and his family surrender their passports and he wears an ankle bracelet monitor in addition to paying the sizable corporate surety bond.