Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

Harlequin Hotels and Resorts issues statement blaming Paudie O‘Halloran for spreading lies

Harlequin controversy heats up

David Ames, Chairman of Harlequin Hotels and Resorts, sent Barbados Free Press yet another statement – this one alleging that Paudie O’Halloran is “spreading these lies and trying to undermine the success of Harlequin‘s resorts in the Caribbean”.

BFP reprints the statement as received (and after being run through an OCR programme to extract the words). We include the original PDF so our readers can download the statement and verify it for themselves…

“Dear Barbados Free Press,

Please find attached a further statement from Dave Ames, this time regarding the small but organised online campaign against Harlequin.

Regards,
The Harlequin Team”

Harlequin Hotels and Resorts

12*” June 2012
A Statement from Dave Ames

As you know, There has been an increase in activity of people trying to undermine the success of Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent & The Grenadines.

It is clear that the perpetrators behind a lot of this information are associated with a company called ICE Group, which was based in Barbados and ran by Paudie O‘Halloran.

It appears now that O‘Halloran is spreading malicious lies and feeding them through members of Government and Opposition Ministers. What most people don’t know is that when O‘Halloran left the country a number of years ago, he owed the Barbados Government over BDS 1 million and The Government of St Vincent over ECD 2 million.

It is obvious that the reason why he is spreading these lies and trying to undermine the success of Harlequin‘s resorts in the Caribbean is because it is the only way he can defend himself against the court cases that have been brought against him in St Vincent, Barbados and Ireland. It should be remembered that freezing orders on his assets are still in place in St Vincent and Barbados.

It is clear that with these cases and others being brought against him, and with him owing so many people so much money throughout the Caribbean, he will find it very difficult To return to the Caribbean as the damage he has done to the region will surely ensure the Governments will take action to protect the interests of their people.

Regards,

Dave Ames
Chairman

Download the original statement here.

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Sir Allen Stanford sentenced to 110 years in jail: DLP & BLP refuse to return Stanford’s political donations

Ponzi Knight gets 110 years for doing what so many others do without penalty.

One thing you can say about Allen Stanford: He spread his stolen billions around. Stanford favoured no single political party or politician, according to the US Embassy in Bridgetown. According to our sources he made political donations to both the Barbados Democratic Labour Party (DLP) and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP).

The BLP and the DLP kept Stanford’s money even after it was revealed that it was stolen from victims of his Ponzi schemes. There’s lots of precedent for that… after all, the DLP kept the campaign donations of Leroy Parris and friends even after it was revealed that the money came from victims of the CLICO and CL Financial frauds.

We call upon both the DLP and the BLP to declare how much money they and their politicians received from Stanford and to return the money immediately so that it can benefit the victims.

Over to you Freundel $tuart and Owen $ Arthur…

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