February 19, 2010
Lawyer writes to PM

Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has been asked a series of questions by lawyer Kay R. A. Bacchus-Browne, acting on behalf of two of her clients.{{more}}

The two, Mathew Thomas and Junior Bacchus, the hosts of the interactive radio programme “Stay Awake” instructed Bacchus-Browne to request that Gonsalves, as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, answer five questions relating to the alleged deposit of US$1 million at the National Commercial Bank (NCB).

The questions relate to the origin of the cash; how was it transported to the NCB; how was the cash imported to the country; whether a suspicious activity report was filed at the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and what was their response; and how much money was received.

“Mr. Prime Minister, no mischief is intended here. My clients are genuinely concerned about the above said issues and how they can impact us locally, regionally and internationally,” the letter said.

The letter was copied to the United States (US) Treasury Department, the US Embassy in Barbados, the Director of the FIU, the Manager of the NCB, the Commissioner of Police, the Director of Public Prosecution, the East Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat, the local media and the Caribbean Media Corporation.