18 years after running off, cocky thief attorney returns to Barbados
Why was Michael Simmons so confident he wouldn’t be arrested?
Everybody knew that fugitive Michael Simmons (photo above) was coming to his sister’s funeral last weekend, and everybody was just as sure that he wouldn’t be arrested for the crimes that caused him to flee Barbados 18 years ago.
What’s changed in the 18 years since Simmons stole millions and ran off? That’s easy: some of Simmons’ family members are now close to the DLP Government.
Reader “Who me?” saw the article in The Nation Simmons back after 18 years and sent us the following contribution. BFP readers should remember that just because someone says something, doesn’t mean it’s all for true.
But there does seem to be a whole lotta smoke ’bout this place recently!
Justice? Rule of Law? For some but not for others.
by BFP reader “Who, me?”
The Nation article about Michael Simmons caught my eye in that I was made to understand that transparency and corruption and the relevant legislation were major concerns for Barbadians, having being promised this by the DLP government of the day.
Now, how can a situation exist where a lawyer, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Michael Simmons having robbed his clients of their funds and absconded to the United States can return to Barbados as if he has not care in the world? Which in my estimation Mr. Michael Simmons doesn’t have a care in the world.
The reason being is that he is the brother of Attorney-at-law Keith Simmons, stalwart of the ruling DLP party. So it seems strings can be pulled and torn to ensure that their brother doesn’t have to face the law courts or answer to anyone for that matter. So much for natural Justice and a country advocating the Rule of Law.
What concerns me even more is that the same Keith Simmons as I understand it is also a member of the Police Service Commission, and he has become the beacon of justice and law in Barbados. Keith Simmons as I understand it disagrees with the current Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin but supports his brother in DLP politics, Bertie Hinds. Again, so much for Natural Justice and the Rule of Law.
No wonder certain members of the RBPF can continue their corrupt ways, selling firearms and drugs and getting paid to destroy evidence and files for the court. What does the future hold for little Barbados?
BFP readers you can do your own inquiries. I just decided to add some food for thought as it relates to our Criminal justice System.
Readers are asked to visit The Nation website to read the full article, but BFP will publish the article in full here because the Bajan news media often removes or changes articles to re-write history…
Simmons back after 18 years
BY TIM SLINGER | SUN, MAY 22, 2011
EMBATTLED ATTORNEY-AT-LAW Michael Simmons returned to Barbados on the weekend.
Simmons, who left Barbados 18 years ago for the United States, was among mourners paying last respects yesterday to his sister Letitia Simmons – a former nurse – at her funeral at the Whitehall Methodist Church in St Michael.
It was Simmons’ first public appearance in Barbados since he reportedly left behind a $2.5 million-plus debt to 47 creditors, after being declared bankrupt by former High Court judge Justice Elliott Belgrave in January 1993.
The attorney is also reported to have owed the Barbados National Bank (BNB) and Government’s Inland Revenue Department several thousands of dollars.
A warrant for his arrest for fraudulently converting over $90 000 entrusted to him had been withdrawn after the sum was paid, but shortly after his disappearance, then police public relation’s officer Inspector Jeddar Robinson had indicated Simmons was being sought by lawmen for questioning in connection with a number of other criminal matters they were investigating.
No warrants were outstanding at the time.
However, the High Court in his absence had also granted an application for his committal to prison following a suit brought against him by one of his clients.
Efforts to reach Director of Public Prosecutions Charles Leacock for comment on Simmons’ status proved futile yesterday.
When contacted, Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin said the matter had been drawn to his attention and he had asked for a review of the file.
Former Solicitor General Woodbine Davis, who had been appointed official assignee and receiver in his investigation of Simmons, had publicly declared there had been little chance of recovering the $2.5 million debt left behind.
He then also reported recovering approximately 110 files and title deeds which had belonged to Simmons’ clients both in Barbados and overseas.