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COI appoints solicitors experienced in organised crime, inquiries

The BVI’s Commission of Inquiry (COI) is now fully staffed, having officially appointed two solicitors to assist with the ongoing investigation.

Back in January, Commissioner Sir Gary Hickinbottom had said the Commission could be able to consider their detailed procedures once the COI’s full team was in place.

That said, the two new solicitors to the COI’s legal team are Andrew King and Rhea Harrikissoon; joining Mr Bilal Rawat (Counsel to the Inquiry).

According to the COI team, the two solicitors bring with them a range of relevant knowledge and experience”

“Mr King qualified as a solicitor in private practice in 2009. In 2010 he joined the UK’s National Crime Agency (formerly the Serious Organised Crime Agency) until he moved to the UK Government Legal Department (formerly the Treasury Solicitor’s Department) in 2014 where he held a number of roles primarily dealing with public law litigation,” a COI press release said.

“Ms Harrikissoon qualified in private practice in 2012, specialising in childcare and family law. She joined the UK Government Legal Department in 2015 and has extensive experience in public law challenges, and more recently with public inquiry work including the Brook House Inquiry and Infected Blood Inquiry. Ms Harrikissoon was the Solicitor to the Windrush Lessons Learned Review,” the release added.

The COI team – now in the UK – intends to return to the BVI before Easter. Proposed oral hearings will take place in the territory after Easter and will be concluded no later than the end of May.

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  1. Rubber Duck says:

    Don’t be surprised if Fahie & Friends start running towards the EXIT!

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  2. Get out the popcorn! says:

    This about to get interesting.

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  3. Rubber Duck says:

    Good. Crime is about the only thing that is organized in BVI.

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  4. Rubber Duckling says:

    there is a new sheriff in town… btw how did all of the guns slip into the country? UK needs to seal the boarder. That would solve the murder and drug problem. We don’t need a $11,000 a day barge. A simple web cam on top of Frenchman’s Cay, Norman, Peter, Ginger will do the trick…

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  5. To Runber Duckling says:

    It is negative persons like you working with your UK counterparts trying to destroy the good name of the BVI who need to be held accountable for your mischievous post. The BVI will survive this modern day form of slavery trying to be done through a so called commission of Inquiry. This will fail.

  6. YOUTH says:

    Let’s hope democracy reigns and that this is not a conclusion already written by the UK, despite of what the facts says, but just waiting on the Commission of Inquiry to do the UK dirty work and make it look clean.

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