Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Embattled BVI Premier Claims Immunity From Prosecution

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Sky News has reported that the Premier of the British Virgin Islands has demanded his immediate release from US custody, claiming he is immune from prosecution on drug trafficking charges.

According to the British news organisation, Andrew Fahie has said he cannot be tried for his alleged crimes because he is an elected, constitutional head of government of the British overseas territory.

BVI News, for its part, reported that a representative from the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, confirmed with its news team that Fahie filed a “Notice of Invocation of Immunity” at federal court in Miami.

Last week US law enforcement officials arrested Fahie in a sting operation as he was about to board a private jet in Miami.

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A criminal complaint said the BVI Premier and the territory’s Director of Ports, Oleanvine Maynard, were meeting undercover United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents posing as drug traffickers.

One day after Fahie’s arrest, BVI Governor John Rankin effected the early release of a January 2021 Commission of Inquiry report into the territory’s governance.

Rankin disclosed that the report found millions were spent on useless or abandoned projects, some linked to allies of the BVI Premier.

And it proposed direct UK rule of the British overseas territory, a recommendation opposed by Natalio Wheatley, the deputy who became Acting Premier after Fahie’s arrest on drug and money laundering charges.

The UK Guardian said Wheatley’s position has the support of the opposition.

Amid moves by the ruling Virgin Islands Party (VIP) to get Fahie to resign as Premier, BVI activists demonstrated against the direct United Kingdom rule proposal on Monday.

Reuters News Agency reported that hundreds of people rallied outside the office of Governor John Rankin in the capital Road Town on the island of Tortola chanting slogans and holding signs that said “No UK rule.

According to Reuters, the rally coincided with a visit by Amanda Milling, a British member of parliament who is also Minister of State for Asia and the Middle East, to discuss the report released by the Commission of Inquiry.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. This is why they do these things while they hold big positions. They think they are immune. In other words, they are above the law. Lock him up and throw away the key. Smh

  2. Fahie has been on the radar for years. He is a crook who hides under the cloak of righteousness. Soon all will be revealed, as many are quaking in their boots.

  3. As laughable as it reads that he invocating immunity from prosecution and a valid defence which the Americans often use for their citizens when arrested overseas. He is entitled to immunity like all other white corrupt politicians that ply the same trade in our otherwise termed ‘third world’ or shit hole countries.
    I do not support his behaviour but what is good for the goose must also be good for the gander.
    When American soldier wife kill the young man on the country lane here in the UK by driviningvthe wrong side of the road. The British authorities allowed her to be whisked away claiming diplomatic immunity from prosecution.
    It is simply one law for the whites and another for blacks.

  4. He is just the first domino in the chain. Let’s see who and how many are actually involved, caribbean wise and overseas.

  5. Richie, oh Richie….take note. Tick tock, tick tock the clock strike 1. They coming for you me brother!!! Karma is a real bitch.

  6. The Foolish Lawyers Eating his Money .Came up with that Brilliant Idea.That’s America this won’t work at all .The American.Judges should give him a Life Sentence too Damm Corrupt

  7. Have you ever seen or heard a “white” head of state FALL like this in the west? Mate was stupid to engage in such criminality- I highly doubt that was he did or intended to do was worse than the great D.Trump45!

  8. Ha!Ha! how he immune? his lawyers dont undrstand what immune is! the British will send u to alcatraz for your crime! and they have that right! you did the crime, do the time! after you in all kind of crime u putting yourself up for PM position! just Hilarious boy! Pure Hilarity I tell you!

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