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Friday, Feb 03, 2023

I am not going to sit down & take 'criminal label’– Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

I am not going to sit down & take 'criminal label’– Hon Mark H. Vanterpool

Senior legislator in the Virgin Islands (VI) House of Assembly (HoA), Hon Mark H. Vanterpool (R4) has said he won’t sit down a take the label of being a ‘criminal’.

Hon Vanterpool made the comments during the continuation of the Fourth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Fourth House of Assembly on July 14, 2022.

'Entire HoA labelled hooligans'- Hon Vanterpool

“When you are trying to do your best to move your country forward, they are condemning you and putting you as if you are some criminal,” he said.

“I ain’t going to sit down and take it, I ain’t taking it like that, Madam Speaker… excuse my language,” he added.

Hon Vanterpool said as a result of an unfortunate situation with the VI’s ex-premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) and his arrest, all of a sudden the Members of the HoA are being labelled as hooligans.

"A CoI comes and we must drop everything and put everything in place whether you like it or not, no chance to debate it, no chance to discuss it,” he added.

Hon Vanterpool said there are people who have served the country for several years honestly and fairly and "we want to lock them up,” he said.

Hon Mark H. Vanterpool pointed to the leadership of then Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith he did many great things and all of a sudden, they want to lock him up over an airplane.

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He pointed to the leadership of then Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith, whom he said did many great things and all of a sudden, "they want to lock him up" over an airplane.

Hon Vanterpool in his presentation said as it related to him and the ports project, he will not sit down and take any labels regarding crimes of corruption.

“They build a wall and everybody all of a sudden believe that this wall, everything went wrong and the Minister for the wall has to go to jail, what he do? Let us see what he did before you start condemning him,” he said relating to the $1.6M Elmore Stoutt High School wall, which is now the subject of a criminal investigation.


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