|I'm not Corrupt, I just don't want to go to Trial"|
The extensive delays in the extradition case of ALEX TASKER, who faces money laundering charges in the United States in the Donville Inniss corruption case, is in fact marking Barbados as a jurisdiction whose government will resist extradition of their nationals, irrespective of their obvious guilt, to the bloody end. Last year, a magistrate ordered him extradited, but his team of attorneys is engaged in dilatory legal actions, all designed to delay the case for years, without any legal basis. This case is certain to hurt Barbados' international image.
Tasker most likely hasn't been properly advised about the probable consequences of delaying the eventual result Over in Antigua, where Leroy King, a senior government official, was able to drag out the proceedings for more than a decade, Although he was allowed to plead guilty to a single count, when it came time for sentencing, he received the maximum ten years, and will most likely die in prison. Tasker is not going to get a ten year sentence after playing these legal games to delay things, The US Department of Justice always gets the last laugh, Mr. Tasker. The role of the Bajan government in opposing the extradition will have consequences, just as we see next door in Trinidad & Tobago with Jack Warner.
The Inniss case continues to reverberate throughout Barbados; government ministers who have something to hide, regarding corruption and money laundering, have intentionally avoided entering the United States, due to their well-placed fears that they will be arrested when they travel with their families to Walt Disney World. Since sealed indictments are not public knowledge, we are unable to confirm who, if any, have been indicted. I wonder how well those officials are sleeping these days.