Chris steers clear of CLICO talk

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler has made it clear that he is not about to become entangled in the legal troubles surrounding the CLICO International Life (CIL).

Over the past few weeks there have been mounting calls for the CLICO audit report to be made public.

There have also been calls for Mara Thompson, the widow and executor of late Prime Minister David Thompson’s will, to give an explanation of her relationship with the collapsed company.

Mara Thompson
Mara Thompson

However, in responding to questions from the media following a short ceremony to officially open the offices of the Financial Services Commission (FSC) at the Harbour Industrial Estate today, Sinckler advised critics to let the court do its job.

In fact, he described it as “a little . . . inappropriate” for him or anyone to speak on the matter “or issue statements” while it was being dealt with by the judicial system.

Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler
Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler

“Those matters are properly before the court of law of Barbados. They are, as the lawyers would say, sub judice, a lot of them being dealt with, not even in open court, they are being dealt with by the judge in chambers. And I think it . . . will be inappropriate for me and certainly for other people who don’t seem to have any respect or recognition of this reality, to issue statements or speak to matters pertaining to that, while they are within the proper dispense of the court.”

Sinckler, however, gave the assurance that the Freundel Stuart administration remained committed to ensuring that policyholders and investors of the company were “protected”.

“What I can say is that the Government of Barbados remains committed to ensuring that policyholders and investors of CLICO are made as [aware] as [much] as is humanly possible in the circumstances of what we are dealing with. There are challenges, of course, with the exercise. It is not something that is hidden from public knowledge. There is a process in place for judicial management and I think that process should be allowed to take its course in relation to what is happening,”
said Sinckler.

“And we give the assurance, certainly I give it on behalf of the Government and I know the prime minister gives that assurance as well, that we continue to do what we have been advised and are being advised are the appropriate things to do to ensure that we protect those policyholders. Outside of that the legal issues and so forth, are not for me to comment on,” he said.

16 Responses to Chris steers clear of CLICO talk

  1. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins February 17, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Grandma always say be careful with the friends you keep because when the sh*te hits the fan they drop you like a hot potato. Yuh lay down with dogs you will catch fleas. As the plot thickens a lot will be determined! SMH

  2. Conchita Moseley
    Conchita Moseley February 17, 2015 at 7:43 am

    loll silence is GOLDEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole February 17, 2015 at 8:20 am

    And Mara is still smiling.

  4. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy February 17, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I say it again ……show me your friends and I will tell you your character!!!!!

  5. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 17, 2015 at 10:24 am


  6. Coloured Man
    Coloured Man February 17, 2015 at 10:26 am


  7. Alec Pierre February 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    “Words are like leaves
    and where they most abound,
    much fruit of worth beneath
    Is rarely found”

  8. Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey
    Miguel Carlos Jose Humphrey February 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    I have to ask, how come no one has brought up that Mr. P is the owner or part owner of Shop’s Mart which is where some of the $$ went or disappeared too….oh wait !! that not a question.

  9. Beverley St John
    Beverley St John February 17, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Not only steer clear, but he got tuh burn rubber and skid turn like de titanic trying to avoid ah iceberg!

  10. Beverley St John
    Beverley St John February 17, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    He betta hope too that de steering doan lock up pun he!

  11. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams February 17, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    She real sweet. Love her

  12. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post February 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Lol….now he keeps quiet. ..smh

  13. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post February 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Lol….now he keeps quiet. ..smh

  14. Mark Wrd
    Mark Wrd February 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm
  15. Mia Blackman
    Mia Blackman February 17, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    3.33 million dollar smile. Only in Barbados. Smh

  16. arther lashley February 18, 2015 at 8:50 am

    NOT “Smiling”
    LAUGHING at US!!


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