Sunday, May 15, 2022



Given his current status as a cooperating witness, former BVI Premier Andrew Fahie, now under an American indictment for money laundering and narcotics trafficking, Caribbean leaders are left wondering which of them Fahie has named and shamed, to enable him to receive a reduced sentence for his crimes. We have had confirmation that his offer of assistance to US law enforcement has progressed to the point where he is identifying those senior leaders that he is aware, of his own personal knowledge, have also engaged in facilitating the international narcotics trade, and otherwise engaging in corruption.

Clues regarding who he has named surfaced this week in the Government's Motion to Stay Pending review, and Motion for Revocation of Bond.  In. that filing, it was asserted that, during the past decade, Fahie had "extensive foreign travel" (Motion p.9) meaning 192 trips, including to:

  (1) St. Kitt & Nevis                                                                                                                                    

  (2) Antigua and Barbuda                                                                                                                                                 

  (3) St. Maarten                                                                                                                                                

  (4) U.S. Virgin Islands

We note that there has been major interest in the Fahie case in both St. Kitts and Antigua. Both countries offer Citizenship by Investment (CBI) passport programmes; both have a history of facilitating money laundering; both are led by professional politicians who have been accused of massive corruption; both  have the same behind-the scenes advisor in common, the Lebanese attorney Anthony Astaphan; no wonder there is fear and loathing in official circles in both Roseau and Saint John's; everyone there is wondering which of them have become Persons of Interest.

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