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Inquiry Response Unit established to cooperate with COI

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(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 (‘IRU‘) on 5 February, 2021 to ensure full cooperation with the Inquiry and facilitation of the Inquiry process, while upholding the legal duties and legitimate interests of the Government.

The IRU, which was established by the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands, and is led by the Right Honourable Sir Geoffrey Cox QC and administered by Withers BVI, will report to the Attorney General, Honourable Dawn J. Smith.

The IRU functions as an independent unit to support the Attorney General’s Chambers in ensuring that information is provided to the Inquiry in a systematic, efficient and well-organised way, which is both auditable and accountable. The IRU will also assist Ministers and public officers to understand their duties in relation to the Inquiry.

The IRU’s Mission Statement is as follows:

To function as an independent unit acting in the public interest to support the work of the Attorney General and the Virgin Islands Government to achieve the fullest possible cooperation with the Commission of Inquiry, advising on and coordinating the disclosure of documents and information to the Commission, while ensuring the legal duties and legitimate interests of the Virgin Islands Government are upheld.”


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  1. Rubber Duck says:

    Cooperate? Hilarious. It’s purpose is to hide the truth and protect the guilty. That’s what you hire lawyers for.

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  2. ?? says:

    Why is this created when people can go directly through the secure website confirmed by Sir Hickenbottom?

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    • Strange says:

      …so that they can track, monitor and possible coerce potential witness. Its all a game to take away from the COI…setting up a competing unit.

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  3. IRU says:

    The IRU was established to try and keep the F**, his family, friends, cronies and his politician friends from being indicted and going to jail. The problem is that they were so blatant in their thievery that trying to cover it up now by the IRU is impossible. Furthermore, all the evidence was already put together by Gus long before the COI was announce. Once again the smart politicians are a day late and a dollar short.

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  4. O that way madness lies says:

    Teach me, dear creature, how to think and speak Lay open to my earthy-gross conceit, Smother’d in errors, feeble, shallow, weak, The folded meaning of your words’ deceit.

    – WIlliam Shakespeare

  5. Want2Kno says:

    Thought the government ain’t had money…oh, there’s $$$ to do the things THEY want but not what’s really needed in their line of duty yo work for the people

  6. Circle and he Wagons, Boys! says:

    It would be more appropriate to name it the BVI Department Of Propaganda, Evasion & Stricture (DOPES). One more taxpayer-funded layer of insulation from the truth. If inquiries are answered directly, candidly and with truthful conviction, there is no need for this level of bureaucratic action. But I’m sure it will help the guilty to coordinate lies and keep the narrative headed in the desired direction for a bit longer. Truths will be revealed and spun, where allowed.

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