BLP on CLICO: Why no criminal probe?
A senior Barbados Labour Party (BLP) is questioning why no criminal investigation has been led into the circumstances surrounding the collapse of CLICO.
Parliamentary representative for St Joseph Dale Marshall suggested last night that there were grounds for such a probe and even if no complaint has been lodged, the police should begin an investigation.
He made the call during a BLP meeting at the Alma Parris School hours after it was reported that the judicial manager for CLICO had initiated civil action to recover just over $3 million from former chairman Leroy Parris and the estate of late Prime Minister David Thompson who was the attorney for the company.
“I cannot see any reason why no criminal investigation has been launched into the goings-on at CLICO. And I honestly think that all of the information needed by the police, or at least enough information for them to start, would have been found in these invoices and these cheques, and this entire arrangement. I don’t know what the Royal Barbados Police Force is waiting for,” he said.
Marshall’s call came as he continued where he left off from a public meeting a week ago in St Michael, with a name-calling of public officers whom he contended were guilty of wrongdoing – in some cases criminal – that conflicted with their office.
“This is all in the bosom of the politics of deceit. When will it end?”
The Opposition MP also addressed the long promised introduction of laws that would require parliamentarians to account for all their assets.
Marshall said he wanted that integrity legislation to be retroactive to 2008 and not take effect only from when it is passed and proclaimed.