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Tuesday, Aug 16, 2022

More criminal investigations likely, Governor warns

More criminal investigations likely, Governor warns

Governor John Rankin has indicated that more criminal investigations are likely to spring from the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report’s recommendations.
The Governor recently announced a number of criminal investigations into several state-run projects as well as the conduct of the Premier’s Office under former Premier, Andrew Fahie. And following that announcement, it was revealed that Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s office Dr Carolyn O’Neal Morton had been sent on leave as the investigations into that office proceed.

In a recent media interview this week, the Governor announced that, “there may be more [investigations]. Even before the Commission of Inquiry report came out there were already criminal investigations underway in relation to the [Elmore Stoutt High] school wall project and the BVI Airways project.”

The Governor noted that even as investigations move forward in tandem with audits being conducted by the Auditor General, additional criminal investigations may happen as a result of these.

The Governor further indicated that the purpose of the investigations is to determine what happened, particularly whether there was any criminal wrongdoing and if so, how those who are found culpable should be held to account.

“I think it’s absolutely the right thing to do and that’s going to help show the way forward to avoid the mistakes of the past and hopefully show us to better decision-making and better governance in the future,” he stated.

Just recently, Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley expressed that his government was in full support of all the criminal investigations and audits that were being carried out.

The Premier posited at the time that the audits not only serve to hold persons accountable but also help to clear their names where there is an absence of any wrongdoing.
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