Barbados Governmemt Hires Law Firm to Help it Dig for Corruption

Attorney General Dale Marshall says those found to have been involved in corruption will face the courts. (File photo: BGIS)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday January 15, 2020 – Attorney General Dale Marshall says the government is digging to find 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 it the “blood” they’re seeking, once investigations by London-based law firm Fulcrum Chambers Ltd. are completed.

He said the Mia Mottley-led administration had engaged the services of the “very reputable law firm” which “has specialized 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.”

The Attorney General gave the assurance as he led off off debate on the Integrity in Public Life Bill in Parliament which would be relevant to members of Cabinet including members of the House of Assembly and the Senate; Permanent Secretaries; heads of departments in the public service and holders of public office of the same grade as that of heads of departments; chairpersons of state-owned enterprises; chief executive officers, general managers and other executive heads of state enterprises; magistrates; the Director of Public Prosecutions; the Auditor General; and members and senior officers of the Integrity in Public Life Commission.

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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