Counsel for former BVI premier ANDREW FAHIE, charged with multiple counts including money laundering, narcotics trafficking and RICO, is seeking to. move his January trial date until after May 8, 2023. Fahie is currently under House Arrest (home confinement) in his daughters' residence in Miami, Florida; he is no longer an official in the British Virgin Islands Government.
Fahie cites as grounds for the delay:
(1) Discovery promised by the Government, including transcripts of surveillance, has not yet been provided.
(2) the Court has not yet ruled on the defense request to have the identity of the Confidential Informant revealed to counsel.
(3) The Government added an additional count of November 9, in a Superseding Indictment.
While it was originally thought that Fahie would waste no time entering into a plea agreement, cooperating against other East Caribbean leaders that he has first-hand knowledge are also involved in facilitating narcotics trafficking through the area, and protecting shipments transiting their maritime territory, given his alleged statements that he was familiar with such conduct, and who was engaged in it, he now appears to be defending the charges in the indictment.
Given the massive amount of evidence that the Government has already disclosed, we question whether this is a wise cause of action. He could spend the rest of his life in a Federal Prison. The United States has a history of being especially zealous in the prosecution of corrupt Caribbean leaders; he should consider that.