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Meet our new Magistrate: Priest, lawyer, ex-cop Graveney Bannister

Which one will be the magistrate?

Priest, lawyer, ex-police officer – it sounds to us that Graveney Bannister knows human failings and compassion (Priest), knows the law (Lawyer) and looks at everything with a hard-nosed cynicism (Police officer).

Furthermore, Mr. Bannister has spent most of the last two decades away from Barbados so he is unlikely to be indebted or loyal to any political party or business group. Like our new Chief Justice Marston Gibson, it looks to us like Magistrate Bannister is as independent and untouched by corrupt power cartels as is possible in a small country like ours.

Yup, Magistrate Bannister might be just what Barbados needs.

Now if we could only get the MPs to pass some modern laws and fund the justice system well enough to make trials happen within a minimum time of, say, five years for a start. Pathetic when five years would be an improvement, isn’t it?

Welcome back to Bim, Magistrate Bannister!

Popular priest and lawyer returns to native Barbados

Bermuda Sun, September 30, 2011

Popular Anglican priest and lawyer Graveney Bannister is leaving Bermuda. Mr Bannister is set to return to his homeland Barbados today to pursue a career opportunity with the church.

He has also been appointed a magistrate and wants to see his eldest daughter through her final years of education.

He told the Bermuda Sun he had “mixed feelings” about leaving the island.

He said: “Bermuda has been like a second home for me. I have made so many great friends here and am very grateful to them all for the love and support they have shown me…”

… Lots more in the Bermuda Sun article here

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Barbados High Court Justice, Supermodel Jodie Kidd’s Father Both Caught Breaking Law – Corporate Records Funny Business Surfaces During Land Fraud Trial

UPDATE: May 9, 2010

We saw on Google alerts that Polo champion Jack Kidd’s fiancee Callie Moore has announced she is pregnant – just months after the couple cancelled their planned summer wedding.”

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!

President Obama Targets Offshore Tax Havens

President Obama Targets Offshore Tax Havens that don't enforce corporate standards.

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. Continue reading

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