In the wake of former Premier Andrew Fahie’s conviction in a Miami Court on charges of money laundering, racketeering and drug smuggling, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley has commented that he does not harbour any ill-intent towards anyone.
He contended that persons should accept the outcome of the judicial process since it is an important part of democracy and pointed out that persons also have the right to appeal when convicted of a crime.
“Individuals have to look within themselves and to be able to say, ‘Well, what have I done? Or what have I not done to put myself in whatever position I’m in?’” the Premier said. “Then we have to look within ourselves and see how we can improve ourselves as human beings.”
He added: “That’s how I look at any kind of situation involving anyone who faces our system of administration of justice and I always wish everyone well. I don’t wish bad on anyone. I stay humble. Of course, for the persons who are sad and disappointed, we keep them in our thoughts and prayers.”
At the time, Dr Wheatley was responding to questions from members of media related to Fahie being found guilty. He was asked about the potential reputational damage that could come to the territory in the aftermath of Fahie’s guilty verdict.
In response, the Premier said he remains laser-focused on strengthening good governance in the territory and on strengthening the BVI’s integrity systems.
“We have a Director of Public Prosecutions. We have the arms necessary to be able to recognise and to fight wrongdoing. We have to be able to strengthen those arms and then we have to have a fair judicial process,” Dr Wheatley said late last week.
He pointed out that it is the government’s role to ensure that law enforcement agencies have the resources necessary to work and emphasised that when persons go on trial, they should have a fair trial.
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