24.1 C
Basseterre
Monday, June 27, 2022
HomeNewsLocal NewsUK Launches Inquiry Into Alleged Corruption in British Virgin Islands

UK Launches Inquiry Into Alleged Corruption in British Virgin Islands

spot_img

(The Guardian) Allegations of widespread political corruption, misuse of taxpayer’s money and a climate of fear on the British Virgin Islands have led the UK government to take the extraordinary step of establishing an independent judge-led inquiry into the claims.

Gus Jaspert, the British-appointed BVI governor, with the personal backing of the UK prime minister, has established a commission of inquiry to investigate concerns over governance, including specific allegations that point to possible corruption and infiltration by serious organised criminal gangs. The six-month inquiry, to be led by Sir Gary Hickinbottom, follows a haul of cocaine in November found by police worth more than £190m.

Jaspert broke the news to the island on Monday after returning from the UK for consultations. He said he had been struggling with his communications systems in recent weeks, and complained to the premier, Andrew Fahie, but said nothing was done, forcing him to ring newsrooms individually.

Read more

spot_img
spot_img

Most Popular

Advertisementspot_img
Advertisement
Contact a Program
If you are interested in a program or advertising, send us a message.
Send Message
Signup for our Newsletter
We'll only be in touch when we've something exciting to share.
We never share your details
No thanks
Subscribe