“MBE – Jonathan Laszlo Danos, For services to British exports to Latin and Central America.”
So announced the BBC News on Friday, June 16, 2000 on the occasion of The Queen’s Birthday Honours. (BBC link here)
“Member Of The Order Of The British Empire” MBE – is the lowest honour on the list that tops out with Knight Grand Cross (GBE), then downwards to Knight Commander (KBE), Commander (CBE), Officer (OBE) and finally the MBE. Recipients of the GBE and KBE are called “Sir” (Like our Chief Justice Sir David “Virgin” Simmons, doan ya know!)
What Happens To Danos’ MBE If He Is Found Civilly Liable For Fraud?
According to Wikipedia, 114 persons have been stripped of their Royal Honours since 1921. (List is here) As we look through the list, we see that most of the disgraced ex-members were convicted in a criminal or military court of offenses ranging from child porn to fraud to drunk driving. But there are also a significant number of persons who were stripped of their honours without being convicted criminally.
In many cases, the reason for the stripping is not announced, or the reason is an act that that did not result in a criminal conviction – ie: a doctor being disciplined for incompetence or neglect by the Medical Board. I didn’t look at too many, but I do see one Leslie Albert Shipp who was stripped of his MBE after a Civil Court trial.
So there is precedent in history for stripping Jonathan Danos of his MBE should the civil court find he committed a fraud as alleged – especially in view of the fact that Danos was awarded his MBE for business activities in our region and the alleged fraud involves business activities in Jamaica.
Wikipedia – Order Of The British Empire
Our thanks to reader Adrian Loveridge for commenting on Danos’ MBE and inspiring this article.