Mottley reissues call for prosecution of CLICO offenders
Follow the money.
That advice from Opposition Leader Mia Mottley to authorities, as she suggested they dig deeper into the transfer of finances related to failed insurance company CLICO.
Addressing a joint meeting of the Barbados Labour Party’s (BLP) St Philip branches, Mottley rattled off the digits of three bank accounts into which she said questionable deposits were made.
She detailed a number of apparently “unnatural” financial transactions with CLICO money, reaching back over five years and involving prominent individuals.
“Follow the money, because when you follow the money the whole truth comes out,” the Opposition leader said.
In a presentation chockfull of name-calling, Mottley recalled that she had alerted the island’s law enforcement officials several years back, and she re-issued a call for prosecution of the offenders.
“I want the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Commissioner of Police to heed the call that I [made] five years ago, to investigate not just the cheque and the cheque number I gave you for $876,000 . . . but to also follow the money and determine whether a criminal act had been perpetrated against the company, the shareholders, or the policyholders of CLICO in this country.”
Mottley added: “I am not interested in what the judicial manager is doing right now. That is his business to do what he has to do to recover the assets, but lawlessness has engulfed this country and they must pay for their lawlessness now.”
The BLP leader insisted that the suspected thieves operated without reprimand while other Barbadians were punished for smaller crimes.
“You cannot continue to pick up people from St Lucy to St Philip for breaking the law and others, because they are big, because they know people . . . feel that they do not have to face the law in this country. The Barbados Labour Party will be no part of that.”
She sounded a warning that ignoring her calls now for a criminal investigation, as happened five years ago, would not mean an end to the matter.
“If the people are not told by the DPP and the Commissioner of Police that action is taken then the Labour Party will have to take what action it has to take when we come to Government, because we will not tolerate the laws of the country being disobeyed,” Mottley said.