Daily Archives: January 7, 2009

Kidnapper of Great Train Robber Ronald Biggs Refused Entry To Barbados

In 1981, Biggs was kidnapped and smuggled into Barbados. The kidnappers hoped to collect some reward from the British police. The coup was discovered, though, and Biggs made use of legal loopholes to have himself sent back to Brazil. In February 2006, Channel 4 aired a documentary featuring dramatisations of the attempted kidnap and interviews with John Miller, an ex-British Army personnel who carried it out. The team was headed by security consultant Patrick King. In the documentary, King claims that the kidnapping may have in fact been a deniable operation… (from Wikipedia entry for Ronnie Biggs)

Freddie Prime Deported From Barbados For 1981 Kidnapping of Ronnie Biggs From Rio de Janeiro

Freddie Prime "Deniable Operation" by British Government

Freddie Prime - Biggs Kidnapping "Deniable Operation" by British Government

From the Evening Telegraph, UK

A DERBY grandfather said his dream Christmas holiday was ruined when he was refused entry to Barbados because of his involvement in the kidnap of Ronnie Biggs.

After flying eight hours from the UK, Freddie Prime spent only two-and-a-half hours at the Caribbean island’s Grantley Adams Airport before he was sent back on the same plane on which he had arrived.

In the 1980s, Mr Prime, 70, was one of five ex-soldiers who kidnapped Great Train Robber Biggs from where he was hiding in Brazil. The swoop was staged as a publicity stunt for the men’s security firm.

They took Biggs to Barbados, where they hoped he would be arrested and deported back to London.

But the Barbadian authorities sent back Biggs to Brazil.

Mr Prime claimed that, 27 years later, the authorities in Barbados have not forgiven him for the Biggs kidnap. He said: “It’s the only reason I can think of for what they did.” Immigration officials said, ‘You are going back on the next plane’ and that was that.”

read the original article: Holiday is ruined by Ronnie Biggs link

Barbados Free Press Comment…

Good for our Barbados Immigration. If they could only operate with such efficiency on an everyday basis with normal illegal immigrants!

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Barbados Tourism Disaster On The “Platinum” West Coast

“The old people in Barbados used to say that if it rained on New Years Day it will rain all year. Well, we had a lot of rain here on the west coast on New Years Day and if the old people are right, a lot of people are going to get soaked in 2009.”… West Coast Blog article Nearly Half The Villas At Four Seasons Still Unsold

West Coast Blog Says Hotel Guests Down 70% At Almond Beach Village!

Our friends over at West Coast Blog (WCB) have their finger on the pulse of “Platinum Coast” tourism and they say that the patient is in critical condition – nevermind that this is the “high season”. WCB cites a number of statistics and it is obvious they have insider knowledge about hotel occupancy rates and condo sales figures. Today’s article makes a compelling case that all those happy, optimistic articles we’ve been reading in the Barbados media are not exactly the real picture.

Folks, as we said in mid-December, 2009 is going to be a brutal year for tourism. You should be putting your personal emergency plan into action NOW! As we said in our article You Can Taste The Fear In Barbados – Travel Poised to “drop off a cliff” in January, there are steps you should be taking…

– Shun debt.

– Work hard.

– Economise.

– Maintain friends and family. Look after them and they will look after you.

Things are bad, and they will get worse. A lot worse. Look after your friends and family because it could be you next.

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Company Owned By Barbados Civil Servants… Government Record Disappears From Internet

“ALL ANIMALS ARE EQUAL, BUT SOME ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS”
- George Orwell, Animal Farm, Ch. 10

Special Treatment For Corporate Records – For A Company Owned By Senior Civil Servants!

A week ago we told you about Harrison Resort (Barbados) Limited, a company owned by Senior Barbados Government Officials that is or was developing a 200 million dollar hotel project at Harrison Point. In our article Thanks To Prime Minister David Thompson, Barbados Government Officials Can Still Use Their Office For Personal Profit, we pointed out that by virtue of their insider knowledge, connections and their ability to directly and indirectly influence lawmakers, civil servants are well-positioned to profit from their office and government employment.

It looks like that insider knowledge is also able to make certain records disappear from public examination!

If you do an online search the CAIPO – Barbados Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office website for “Harrison” you get a list of 11 or so corporations like this…

barbados-corporate-affairs-search

Then, if you click on one of the corporate records, say for the “Old Harrisonian Society”, a window opens up and you get more information, including the name, company number, date registered or incorporated and the category of the company. As you can see, for the “Old Harrisonian Society”, the company number is “39” and it was registered “1983-09-08” as a “Charity”…

old-harrisonian-society

That result is repeatable for any corporation in the database….

Harrison Point Resort Limited has a registration number of 28491 and was incorporated “2007-03-28”. Harrison’s Development Corporation has a registration number of 22190 and was incorporated “2003–03-13”.

Try it yourself for any company in the database and you’ll get the information.

EXCEPT FOR THE COMPANY OWNED BY SENIOR BARBADOS CIVIL SERVANTS…

When you click on the records for Harrison’s Resort (Barbados) Limited – the company owned by Barbados senior civil servants… you get nada. Nothing. No information.

That makes it difficult if not impossible to perform a search to see who the directors of this company are and when exactly it was incorporated.

Oh well – just one more day under a corrupt Barbados DLP Government that is unwilling to hold any government official accountable for anything. After all, if Prime Minister Thompson starts really doing something about corruption, he and his fellow DLP members won’t be able to engage in corrupt activities themselves!

Further Reading

Barbados Free Press: Thanks To Prime Minister David Thompson, Barbados Government Officials Can Still Use Their Office For Personal Profit

CAIPO – Barbados Corporate Affairs and Intellectual Property Office Website Here

(Go to the CAIPO website and perform a search under the name “Harrison” – then click on the various companies and see what happens!)

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