How Much Money Did VECO Pay Barbados Politicians?
VECO, the company that built our oil terminal, and is now building Barbados’ new prison with it’s out-of-control hundred million dollars or more cost overrun – is implicated in yet another scandal involving money to a politician.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States FBI has started a criminal investigation of Alaska Congressman Don Young and his relationship with VECO – a company with a corporate culture of corruption and bribery of politicians. Earlier this year the founder of VECO, Bill Allen, and company executive Rick Smith pleaded guilty to bribery and corruption offenses. Both are co-operating in an ever-widening FBI investigation that has already made mention of Barbados’ new prison.
Attorney General Dale Marshall Has A Duty To Properly Investigate – OR RESIGN
After Barbados Free Press became the first Bajan media to break the VECO corruption story, Dale Marshall held a press conference and announced that everything was OK in Barbados because the VECO executives had told him it was during a morning meeting.
Really. (BFP story here)
What Mr. Marshall didn’t say, and none of the so-called Barbados journalists had the courage to ask him was…
“How much money has VECO given to Barbados politicians? To whom? Where was the money given and received? Under what circumstances?”
How Much Money Did VECO Provide To Barbados Politicians, Mr. Marshall?
Barbados has no laws governing the integrity of politicians or government officials or monies given as “campaign donations” or as payment for that favourite Barbados secondary employment: “consultant”. Recently Prime Minister Owen Arthur himself was accused on television of receiving a payment of $750,000 into his personal bank account – and nothing was done by anyone.
The legacy of this Barbados Government is nothing more or less than over a decade of corruption and theft from the public purse.
Mr. Marshall: Tell us which Barbados politicians and government officials received how much money from VECO… or resign because you too are a corrupt traitor to your country and to your fellow citizens.