Premier Andrew Fahie, currently embroiled in a cocaine and money laundering scandal in the United States, could be released on a $500,000 bail bond pending trial, international news media have reported.
Federal court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes reportedly gave that indication on Wednesday in what the Washington Post described as “a surprise decision”.
The judge reportedly rejected the prosecutors’ argument that Fahie
was a flight risk if he was released from custody pending trial.
She said he could remain in Miami, at a home rented by his two college-aged daughters under the condition he and his family surrendered all their travel documents, and he wears an ankle bracelet monitor.
The prosecution had also argued that Fahie
was a danger to the community as throughout the alleged conspiracy, it was evident he engaged in corruption and criminal activity at the highest levels.
“His release would result in a danger to the community by allowing for continued drug trafficking from the BVI to the United States, and the ongoing protection of criminal activity provided by Fahie
. Not only would Fahie
himself serve as a danger to the community, but his freedom in society would allow for the unfettered criminal activity of Fahie
’s associates to continue,” the prosecutors had argued in their submission.