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COI’s short time frame designed to overwhelm system — Malone

COI’s short time frame designed to overwhelm system — Malone

Health Minister Carvin Malone has said he believes the short timeframe within which the Commission of Inquiry (COI) was made to operate was a deliberate ploy to ‘overwhelm the system’. The ‘system’ to which Malone was referring was government. He […]

by / on January 25, 2022 at 9:49 AM /
Gov’t says COI’s reason for 3-month delay is ‘puzzling’

Gov’t says COI’s reason for 3-month delay is ‘puzzling’

In a response to the three-month extension granted to the Commission of Inquiry (COI), the government said it is “puzzling” that the main reason cited by the Commission is the need to decide which parts of sensitive documents should be […]

by / on January 6, 2022 at 8:02 AM /
COI extended by another three months

COI extended by another three months

Just two weeks before the scheduled conclusion of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), the Commission has yet again been extended. Governor John Rankin made the announcement in a press statement moments ago. He said: “I have today informed the Honourable […]

by / on January 4, 2022 at 3:28 PM /
Is the governor answerable to BVI residents? Rankin says yes

Is the governor answerable to BVI residents? Rankin says yes

Governor John Rankin has denied that he is not accountable in any way to residents of the BVI. During a recent hearing of the Commission of Inquiry (COI), Sir Geoffrey Cox — who represents the Attorney General and ministers of […]

by / on November 26, 2021 at 8:54 AM /
Governor rubbishes Speaker’s claims about Consolidated Fund

Governor rubbishes Speaker’s claims about Consolidated Fund

Governor John Rankin today refuted claims that he has chosen to dip into the territory’s Consolidated Fund in order to to pay for an attorney to represent him before the ongoing Commission of Inquiry (COI). The claims, which were made […]

by / on November 24, 2021 at 3:01 PM /
Governor’s Group waived 6 of 10 tender processes over two yrs

Governor’s Group waived 6 of 10 tender processes over two yrs

Former Governor, Augustus Jaspert, has conceded that his office had also waived tender processes in order to have projects executed. Appearing before the Commission of Inquiry (COI) recently, Jaspert said there were instances where he felt that waiving the tender […]

by / on October 28, 2021 at 7:04 AM /
Jaspert can’t recall pressuring Premier to sign UK loan guarantee

Jaspert can’t recall pressuring Premier to sign UK loan guarantee

Former Governor, Augustus Jaspert, said he has no recollection of ‘intensely’ pressuring Premier Andrew Fahie into signing a loan agreement that was offered by the UK government for hurricane recovery. In a position statement from government ministers to the Commission […]

by / on October 28, 2021 at 6:30 AM /
Jaspert denies wilfully obstructing distribution of Crown land to locals

Jaspert denies wilfully obstructing distribution of Crown land to locals

Former governor Augustus Jaspert has denied having a deliberately obstructive approach to signing requests for Crown lands to BVI Belongers during his tenure. Before any piece of Crown land is issued, it must be approved by the sitting governor. But […]

by / on October 26, 2021 at 9:05 AM /
Pressure forced gov’t to give stimulus $$ directly to residents

Pressure forced gov’t to give stimulus $$ directly to residents

Overwhelming pressure from businesses forced the government into giving persons monies directly in their hand from stimulus grants it distributed last year. This is according to Premier Andrew Fahie who made the disclosure when he appeared before the Commission of […]

by / on October 24, 2021 at 9:20 AM /
Evidence gathering stage of COI now concluded

Evidence gathering stage of COI now concluded

After more than 50 days of oral hearings in the last six months, the head of the Commissioner of Inquiry (COI), Sir Gary Hickinbottom today announced the conclusion of these hearings. While open oral hearings have been happening since about […]

by / on October 22, 2021 at 12:33 PM /