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Wheatley to check if former Premier Fahie still getting paid

Wheatley to check if former Premier Fahie still getting paid

A review is expected to be conducted into whether the now-disgraced former Premier Andrew Fahie is still being paid a salary by the government following his unceremonious removal from office.
Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley gave that indication late last week when asked by a member of the press, stating that it is something he “would have to check”.

Fahie was nabbed at a US airport after a months-long sting operation conducted by the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

He is currently before a US court facing charges of drug smuggling and money laundering along with his alleged co-conspirators former Ports Director Oleanvine Maynard and her son Kadeem Maynard.

He was subsequently removed from office through a vote of no confidence taken by legislators in the House of Assembly (HOA) shortly after his arrest and arraignment in a Florida Court on those charges.

While the former Premier currently retains his seat in the HOA and his post as an elected official as representative for the First District for the meantime, his removal as Minister of Finance and leader of the territory was made effective once the HOA vote was cast.

Since the former Premier’s arrest, the long-anticipated Commission of Inquiry (COI) report was released and its recommendations have since become the subject of high-level discussions between local elected officials and United Kingdom (UK) representatives.

The COI report has recommended a temporary partial suspension of the territory’s constitution and the imposition of direct UK rule as one of its four overarching recommendations.

Fahie is expected to face the court again today to determine whether he will be released on a $500,000 bond as ordered by the court or whether this will be revoked as requested by US prosecutors.
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