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Barbados launches corruption sweep

Regional 17 Jan, 2020 Follow News

Barbados launches corruption sweep

Barbados Attorney General Dale Marshall said the government is investigating evidence of corruption at several state entities, and has promised that when the proof is unearthed, some people will face the courts.

Marshall assured that Barbadians will get the “blood” they’re seeking, once investigations by London-based law firm Fulcrum Chambers are completed.

He said the Mia Mottley-led administration had engaged the services of the “very reputable law firm” which “has specialised in doing corruption and bribery cases both in England, the United States and other parts of the world”, and the firm had completed a three-month scoping study.

That study, the Attorney General said, examined the financial dealings of state enterprises and other departments to identify those areas where there is prima facie evidence of corruption, so as which would inform a more in-depth and intensive investigation stance to be taken by the Government.

He said the consultants from Fulcrum are expected to deliver their report to the Government early next month.

“I know that Barbadians want blood, I suppose,” Marshall said. “They want to know that some people face the courts, and I guarantee, some people will face the court. They have to face the court, but you don’t carry to court a man based on hearsay, you carry a man to court based on proof.”

Breach of the legislation can result in sentences ranging from BDS$5,000 (US$2,500) or two months in prison or both, to BDS$20,000 (US$10,000) or two years in prison or both.


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