The Code of Silence Rules…
The CL Financial bailout seems to be entering its end-game, with repeated claims from the Minister of Finance that the recovery of the $25 Billion of Public Money spent is now on the cards. The consistent failure or refusal to publish any audited accounts and my ongoing research are telling. We are witness to yet another ‘Plot to Pervert Parliament’, this time it is the biggest project to ever hit this country. The CL Financial bailout…
… read the entire sorry truth at Afra Raymond’s CL Financial – Bait & Switch
The cover-up of the CLICO – CL Financial fraud continues, and our old friend Afra Raymond asks all kinds of very inconvenient questions…
The public is being told that the CL Financial bailout is being resolved, while at the same time the Minister of Finance & the Economy is withholding the fundamental information which any prudent person would need to make a decision. So, what is the secret?
Apart from the details I have been asking for, there are other questions which occur to me –
- Directors’ Fees – What is the comparative level of Directors’ fees before and after the bailout on 30 January 2009? In particular, what are the fees & expenses payable to CL Financial Directors? Have those increased? If so, to what level and on what rationale?
- Related Party dealings – We were told that one of the main causes of the CL Financial collapse was excessive related-party transactions. Has that pattern of dealings has really changed? What are the contracts between the group and companies in which Directors hold…
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Leroy Parris and good friend Finance Minister Chris Sinckler share champagne
The contempt of the elites for the rule of law continues in the CL Financial scandal.
‘We’ the people sometimes forget the primary rules of island life:
- In any large scale fraud upon the public, initial Profits are privately owned by the elites who did the fraud. Later Losses are publicly owned.
- There will be zero accountability or transparency by the elites charged with “getting to the bottom of things”.
- No elite is ever charged with any crime, except if it is really necessary. In that event, the police are given marching orders and not enough time and resources to complete the task. The accused will be found ‘not guilty’ in a fair trial before a carefully selected judge.
“I’m sure there’s some good legal reason why High Court Justice Kaye Goodridge ordered the Barbados Police to put the CLICO criminal charges on hold. Always is some good legal reason for doing what is done.
It’s just that we predicted this months ago. Futures destroyed, pensions gone, lifetimes of work and savings stolen… and nobody will ever pay.
Nothing changes ’bout hey. Nothing. Ever. Changes.”
… from BFP’s Barbados court orders CLICO criminal charges stayed against Terrence Thornhill, Leroy Parris
And like we’ve said at BFP before, it’s a good thing that Prime Minister Thompson died before the public knew of his role in money laundering millions of CLICO dollars for his close friend Leroy Parris.
But still, there are those good citizens who keep pounding away at a corrupt system ruled by corrupt elites…
Afra Raymond is one of those good citizens looking for justice for us all.
See his email exchange showing how the caretaker CL Financial Directors duck, dodge and slide…
Afra Raymond: Compliance of CL Financial Directors with the Integrity in Public Life Act
“The region’s largest privately-held group of companies is now under State control, in a situation of huge insolvency, with no proper accounts and no declarations being filed by the Directors…
This development is a serious peril to our Treasury. It must be a matter of the gravest possible concern to all right-thinking people that our fundamental Integrity safeguards appear to have been circumvented or ignored in a matter of this size and consequence.”
A call to order
by Afra Raymond
The CL Financial bailout continues to be a major failure on any scale, both in the causes of the fiasco and especially the manner in which it has been handled. This is my update on what has been the progress in this campaign.
First… A Reality Check
The equation for our reality check is –
Expenditure of Public Money
Minus – Transparency
Minus – Accountability
Equals = CORRUPTION
In May 2009, I wrote that the Directors and Officers of the CL Financial group should be required to file declarations under the provisions of the Integrity in Public Life Act (IPLA). According to the IPLA, the Schedule detailing those persons is at page 31 – one of the classes of person required to file declarations to the Integrity Commission is –
“Members of the Boards of all Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises including those bodies in which the State has a controlling interest.”
I have put the last part of the sentence in italics to emphasize the deliberate choice of language by the legislators. The drafting of legislation is a painstaking exercise of strategy, debate and sometimes compromise…my point being that the inclusion of that last phrase must mean that the legislators intended to go beyond merely saying ‘Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises’, which would be the obvious, to specify that the IPLA must also apply in situations where the State has a controlling interest.
The CL Financial Shareholders Agreement (the Agreement), of 12 June 2009, which I obtained by using the Freedom of Information Act, specifies at clause 3.1 that the Board of Directors of CLF shall consist of seven Directors, four of which shall be nominated by the Government. The government has been exercising its rights under this clause, so it is clear that the State’s controlling interest in the CL Financial group is effective. Continue reading