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I’m still confident in my legal team, says Willock after lawyer’s arrest


Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock stands by his original team of lawyers despite one of his lead attorneys reportedly being arrested on suspicion of criminal conduct.

Willock made this clear via a statement released through the House of Assembly shortly after the reports on Wednesday. The attorney in question is Anand Ramlogan.

Ramlogan, who is part of Veritas Law, is representing Willock in the ongoing case against Fourth District representative-elect, Mark Vanterpool.

The statement said: “The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Julian Willock has reaffirmed his full confidence in Veritas Law, headed by Mr Valston M Graham and that value for money is still being achieved — one of the objectives of the new government. The issue surrounding one of the lawyers involved in the case, as reported by the media both locally and regionally on May 1, 2019, has also been noted.”

When BVI News contacted Willock for further comment, he declined to entertain a single question and said he was otherwise occupied.

“We sent out a statement on that matter. So confirm that you got the statement. I’m in a meeting right now,” the Speaker told our news centre.

BVI News also reached out Vanterpool but he too declined to comment on the matter.

According to Trinidadian news media, Willock’s attorney was arrested at Piarco airport in the twin-island republic Wednesday morning while boarding a flight to the BVI.

Ramlogan was supposed to be present to represent Willock Thursday, as Justice Ann-Marie Smith rules on whether Vanterpool will be sworn-in as the Fourth District Representative.

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  1. Windy says:

    Willock we with you stay focus

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  2. Hmmmm says:

    This is embarrassing to say the least. Look what we have come to as a country.

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  3. Sprung says:

    “Doth protest too much!!!”

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  4. 2 words says:

    Due Diligence

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  5. Unfortunate says:

    I seen Willock is on the phone in the photo above. Is he calling Mr Ramlogan?

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  6. vip heckler says:

    He has a criminal representing the house? WOW!

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  7. Not2Sure says:

    There is some irony in the statement about the Government wanting to get “value for money” as “one of the objective of the new government” by hiring a Trinidad law firm.

    Firstly, why hire foreign lawyers rather than local lawyers (including paying their travel expenses)?

    Secondly, why not use the Attorney General, who is on payroll and it is his job to represent the Government in legal matters?

    Is this a purely personal fight on the part of Willock, so he is bringing in foreign muscle from outside of the BVI at the taxpayer’s expense?

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    • @Not2sure says:

      while i agree with your comments about cost, the AG works for Government not the HOA.

      the fact that the HOA has no legal representative needs to be looked at.

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    • @Not2Sure says:

      Veritas Law is a BVI law firm owned by Valston Graham, it is not a Trinidad law firm. Graham would have recruited as he saw fit.

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  8. ... says:

    bouy the NDP trying hard but we do not want to see them…We praying for the country under new leadership

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    • STRUPS! says:

      The NDP lost the elections and you all still can’t let them go? WTF does NDP have to do with this man and his money laundering charges/investigations! Something is seriously wrong with some of you.

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    • @... says:

      You sound so ignorant and foolish. What the hell NDP have to do with this? The lawyer had this matter before the courts even before he was hired as Willock’s attorney. He should not have taken the job know he had law litigation pending in Trinidad. Sometimes you really need to stop the foolish about NDP and VIP it’s sickening now.

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  9. BuzzBvi says:

    Anand Ramlogan for Financial Secretary!!!!! Would be perfect to have Andrew Fahie’s friend have his friend in control of our Finances. Seems like he knows how to do the necessary where finances are concerned. Certainly fit the way VIP are starting to point the country once again.

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  10. Peaches says:

    just another distraction it will last 2 days the NDP losers are out blogging we not reading OR TAKING THEM ON!!!!! LONG LIVE OUR ESTEEMED SPEAKER AND VIP


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  11. Asking for a friend says:

    What’s the difference between Myron who is under investigation and the trini attorney?

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  12. The Reaper says:

    Tomorrow Get ready too …………………….. In Please and Stop The ……………….Nonsense

  13. Thrushe says:

    Mark just like he friend mvw needs to stay far from our house

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  14. Wow says:

    Can I get the plug for the french tips? lol

  15. Did says:

    not, could not and have not yet fathom that our BVI has turned into a corrupt, s****y, smelly, s-**t hole!!

    Who is yet to realize the corrupting reality of money?

    Well, it is now staring us in the face and has become a part of our daily life.

    God bless theses BVIslands, for they are forever lost in the cest pool of greed and corruption.

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  16. just saying... says:

    I have full confidence in the Speaker and the VIP team BAM BAM

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  17. -------------------- says:

    JW will always do what is right for his country bottom line, so we can’t take that from him

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