Le Isole Vergini britanniche dovrebbero essere nuovamente governate da LONDRA, l'inchiesta dice

Le Isole Vergini britanniche dovrebbero essere nuovamente governate da LONDRA dopo che il leader è stato arrestato per traffico di droga, says corruption inquiry

  • BVI premier Andrew Fahie is set to appear in court in Miami on Friday afternoon
  • He was arrested in a sting operation on Thursday at the Florida city’s airport
  • He has been accused of money laundering and conspiring to import cocaine
  • Adesso, an inquiry commissioned by the Queen’s representative on the island, Governor John Rankin, has recommended the BVI is returned to London rule
  • The British Virgin Islands should have its constitution and elected government suspended and effectively be returned to direct rule from Londra, a highly critical inquiry into governance in the British overseas territory said on Friday.

    The recommendation was made by an inquiry commissioned in 2021 di la regina‘s representative on the island, Governor John Rankin, to investigate ‘the corruption, abuse of office, and other serious dishonestyin the territory’s governance.

    It came as the premier of the British Virgin IslandsAndrew Fahiewas due to appear in a Miami courtroom on Friday, accused of money laundering and conspiring to import cocaine.

    Fahie, 51, was arrested at a Miami airport on Thursday in a sting operation along with the managing director of the territory’s Ports Authority, according to a complaint by the United State’s Drug Enforcement Administration (dea).

    Gli Stati Uniti. District Court for the Southern District of Florida will hold the first hearing in Fahie’s case at 1:30 p.m. E (1730 GMT), un funzionario ha detto.

    Andrew Fahie (nella foto), 51, who also serves as the territory’s minister of finance, was detained in Miami for money laundering and conspiring to import a controlled drug

    Andrew Fahie (nella foto), 51, who also serves as the territory’s minister of finance, was detained in Miami for money laundering and conspiring to import a controlled drug

    Secondo la denuncia, a DEA informant claimed in meetings with Fahie, BVI ports Managing Director Oleanvine Maynard and her son Kadeem Maynard to be a cartel member looking to move thousands of kilograms of Colombian cocaine through Tortola island and eventually to the United States.

    British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said in a statement late Thursday that the UK was ‘appalledat the government of its overseas territory after Fahie’s arrest.

    She said the arrests underlined the need to release the recently concluded investigation into the alleged corruption and abuse of office under the Fahie government. The report was released on Fridaya day later.

    ‘I have spoken to the governor of the British Virgin Islands (la regina’s representative in the territory) and he will be holding an emergency meeting of the territory’s cabinetHe will set out next steps (oggi), including urgent publication of the inquiry’s report,’ Ms Truss said on Thursday.

    ‘Surely following the arrest of its Premier, il (Foreign Office) should now take direct control of the British Virgin Islands pending a further investigation into corruption and money laundering?’ Chris Bryant, a member of Britain’s parliament from the opposition Labour Party, wrote on Twitter on Friday.

    The probe began in January 2021 and was overseen by British Virgin Islands governor John Rankin. Truss said Rankin would set out next steps on Friday, ‘including urgent publication of the inquiry’s report’.

    The recommendation was made by an inquiry commissioned in 2021 by the Queen's representative on the island, Governor John Rankin (nella foto), to investigate 'the corruption, abuse of office, and other serious dishonesty' in the territory's governance

    The recommendation was made by an inquiry commissioned in 2021 by the Queen’s representative on the island, Governor John Rankin (nella foto), to investigate ‘the corruption, abuse of office, and other serious dishonestyin the territory’s governance

    Fahie, 51, was arrested at a Miami airport on Thursday in a sting operation along with the managing director of the territory's Ports Authority, according to a complaint by the United State's Drug Enforcement Administration (dea)

    Fahie, 51, was arrested at a Miami airport on Thursday in a sting operation along with the managing director of the territory’s Ports Authority, according to a complaint by the United State’s Drug Enforcement Administration (dea)

    Rankin, an appointee of Queen Elizabeth II on advice from the UK government, urged calm in the islands after the ‘shocking newsof Fahie’s detention.

    The self-governing Caribbean archipelago is home to some 35,000 people and is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, which supervises its defence and foreign policy. It is one of the world’s leading offshore tax havens.

    Both the local government and London have been accused by anti-corruption campaigners of turning a blind eye to illicit flows of foreign money.

    DEA agents at the Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport took Fahie and BVI Port Authority managing director Oleanvine Maynard into custody after they allegedly agreed to accept money from undercover agents posing as Mexican drug traffickers, the Miami Herald newspaper reported.

    Fahie and Maynard were to inspect a plane carrying $700,000 that they would receive in exchange for facilitating cocaine shipments through the territory, reported the Herald, citing US authorities.

    The officialsarrests ‘should send a clear message’, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said in a statement. ‘Anyone involved with bringing dangerous drugs into the United States will be held accountable, no matter their position.

    Court documents filed Thursday showed Fahie, Maynard and Maynard’s son were all charged with ‘conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaineand ‘conspiracy to launder money’.

    Nel mese di settembre 2021, Fahie backed a ‘self-determination’ referendum that could see the Queen’s removal as the British Virgin Islands’ head of state.

    The move came after then Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab ordered an inquiry into allegations that party officials had embezzled taxpayer money sent to help the islands in the wake of hurricanes.