UPDATE: May 9, 2010
Congratulations to Jack and Callie!
The Kidds are one of Bim’s upper crust families and we’ll point out that they have done so much good. Nonetheless, they’ve had their ups and downs and we follow the family’s news with the interest that comes with all celebrity. We admit it!
So… which old story to feature?
We searched our own database for Kidd stories and we came up with a few. This is the one we’ve chosen to leave at the top for a few days. If you want to see them all, search “KIDD” in the little box at the top right and you’ll have them all.
Meanwhile, I’ll listen to “Let it be” from my father’s old LP collection (LPs !!!!) and you can read this article from August 4, 2009…
Actions of Barbados High Court Justice Elneth Kentish & Businessman Johnny Kidd Are What President Obama Warned About!
The Obama Administration is on the offensive against offshore banking jurisdictions like Barbados – in part because Barbados often allows corporations to play fast and wild with the few laws we do have about records keeping and accountability.
Most readers of Barbados blogs are somewhat familiar with the story of the Kingsland Estates dispute and the fraud allegations and trials concerning a billion dollars of prime Barbados real estate that have been going on for some years now.
We don’t intend to go into the details at this time except to note that the story continues and will not die. (For background see BFP’s How One Of The Richest Women In Barbados Was Robbed Of Everything By Scheming Lawyers, Politicians and Government Insiders)
Corporate Laws ignored by Judges, Other Powerful People in Barbados
The one thing that Barbadians and others have learned from following the story is how the powerful people on one side of the case keep violating Barbados laws concerning corporate records and never get charged with any offense for re-writing history whenever it suits their purposes.
The latest case of this lawbreaking has just been posted over at Keltruth blog – complete with copies of the corporate records that prove yet another Barbados judge has been caught fooling around with the truth and violating the law to do it. (See Keltruth’s article: Company Breaks Law – Barbados High Court Judge Involved)
It works like this: whenever a corporation owned by Barbados big-ups is involved in any legal fracas, it is not unusual for the corporate records to be changed retroactively, even years later. Someone will be sued and back will come the corporate record showing that person resigned from the corporation YEARS AGO – but they just “forgot” to put in the legal paperwork about that despite the law says they must do so immediately.
No one is ever held to account for this law-breaking especially if they are, for instance, a senior judge doing a little land speculation on the side!
This latest evidence over at Keltruth Blog would be hilarious if it wasn’t so disgusting and giving a bad reputation to Barbados. You see, the corporate document in question is signed by a current director who says he resigned years ago. So how can a person sign one document showing they are a company director at the same time saying they resigned as a director years ago?
Ha! Welcome to Barbados… where there is no rule of law for the elites and they change corporate records to say anything they want them to – re-writing years of history – with no worries about being held accountable for not obeying the law.
Fair Warning To International Investors Doing Business With or In Barbados…
Barbados is a tiny island country with fewer than 300,000 people and like many such countries business, politics and the justice systems are controlled by a very few groups of elites. If you are doing business in Barbados, chances are that you are probably dealing with some very powerful people even if you don’t see them right up front. As with the events described in the above story, it is not unusual to discover even years after the fact that you are dealing with a business owned by senior judges or Government Ministers.
That’s all great when things are going smoothly… because business can be very lucrative when your partners are senior judges and politicians.
When something goes wrong though – God help you! The same judges and politicans that were your partners and are now opposing you – they own the system, the courts, the government records – everything.
And that means you won’t stand a chance at getting a fair shake at justice.
Oh, you want to know about Barbados laws that prevent such conflicts of interest? Freedom of Information laws that allow people to access government records? Laws that prevent government officials from using their insider knowledge to profit personally?
We have no such laws. Welcome to doing business in Barbados… suckers!