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COI team returning next week as they consider holding hearings

COI team returning next week as they consider holding hearings

Head of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) Sir Gary Hickinbottom and his team will be returning to the BVI next week to continue with the information gathering stage of the inquiry. The team that will join Sir Gary include COI […]

by / on March 22, 2021 at 2:29 PM /
UK has no moral authority to be our watchdogs

UK has no moral authority to be our watchdogs

As the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI) continues to investigate political corruption in the BVI, Deputy Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has expressed his view that the United Kingdom has no moral authority to be the BVI’s watchdog. “There are some […]

by / on March 8, 2021 at 1:53 PM /
Don’t group us! Take individual responsibility for COI

Don’t group us! Take individual responsibility for COI

Opposition legislator Melvin ‘Mitch’ Turnbull has agreed with Health Minister Carvin Malone’s position that politicians are part of the reason a Commission of Inquiry (COI) has been declared to investigate political corruption in the BVI. However, Turnbull said a single […]

by / on March 8, 2021 at 8:25 AM /
Govt’s IRU not part of COI! Attorney General asked to correct falsehood

Govt’s IRU not part of COI! Attorney General asked to correct falsehood

The Commission of Inquiry (COI) has written to Attorney General Dawn Smith to correct misinformation that government’s Inquiry Response Unit (IRU) is part of the COI. Government established the IRU last month to ensure the Fahie Administration’s full cooperation with […]

by / on March 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM /
Gov’t ‘removing legal barriers’ so COI can access privileged info easily

Gov’t ‘removing legal barriers’ so COI can access privileged info easily

The Andrew Fahie-led government is moving to amend the BVI’s law books to remove “any legal barriers” that could prevent elected/appointed members of the House of Assembly (HOA) from sharing information held inside the territory’s Register of Interests. Effectively, the […]

by / on March 3, 2021 at 8:40 AM /
Not giving notice about COI placed BVI economy, families at risk

Not giving notice about COI placed BVI economy, families at risk

The presumed ‘economical damage’ local businesses are facing because of the Commission of Inquiry (COI) could have been avoided had the former governor, Augustus Jaspert, alerted the BVI government of his intentions. Premier Andrew Fahie gave that indication in a […]

by / on March 1, 2021 at 7:45 AM /
Overseas Territories also concerned about COI in BVI — CARICOM

Overseas Territories also concerned about COI in BVI — CARICOM

Other British Overseas Territories have noted concerns about the UK-sanctioned Commission of Inquiry (COI) launched in the British Virgin Islands. This is according to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), which also declared its disapproval of the inquiry in an official statement […]

by / on February 28, 2021 at 2:14 PM /
Inquiry Response Unit established to cooperate with COI

Inquiry Response Unit established to cooperate with COI

(Press Release from the Office of the Premier): Following the decision of the former Governor, His Excellency Augustus J U Jaspert, to institute a Commission of Inquiry (the “Inquiry“), the Government of the Virgin Islands established the Inquiry Response Unit […]

by / on February 22, 2021 at 7:54 AM /
Correspondence show that residents fear giving info to COI

Correspondence show that residents fear giving info to COI

The correspondence received by the Commission Of Inquiry (COI) so far shows that some residents are afraid of giving information to aid the investigation. That is the word from Secretary to the COI Steven Chandler, who BVI News asked to […]

by / on February 18, 2021 at 7:48 AM /
COI reassures public officers of option send info directly despite gov’t policy

COI reassures public officers of option send info directly despite gov’t policy

Despite the BVI government implementing a policy that will lawfully allow public servants to provide information to the Commission of Inquiry (COI), the COI is reminding government workers that they can still submit their information directly to the Commission which […]

by / on February 17, 2021 at 2:22 PM /