Barrack sails

Controversial contractor finally gets all of his money

Controversial building contractor Al Barrack has finally been paid in full, nine years after a High Court ordered the then Owen Arthur Administration to shell out $34 million for his part in completing the Warrens Office Complex in St Michael.

Barrack received the final installment sometime last year, but the information was only confirmed by Minister of Housing and Lands Dennis Kellman this evening.

Kellman revealed to Barbados TODAY that the total paid to Barrack was more than twice the original judgment, due to the interest that accrued over the years.

The minister said the contractor was paid approximately $73 million, $13 million of which he received last year as the final disbursement.

He explained that of the $13 million, eight million had been for arbitration costs. However, the minister disclosed that the attorneys in the case were still to be paid and the matter was currently before the courts.

“The only thing to be settled with the Barrack case is the lawyers and that is because they are waiting for a final assessment. This has to be decided through the court because of the request, but otherwise, you know . . .

“He is now one of my best landlords,” the minister said of Barrack who owns the building which houses a number of Government departments, including the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Over the nine-year period, Barrack had repeatedly called on Government to pay him what was due to him and he had not been quiet about it. In August 2014, he placed two massive locks and chains on the doors of the building preventing scores of civil servants from the various Government departments from entering.

“I have legal possession of this building. The Government gave me possession of this building in 2009. The Cabinet of Barbados gave me the building in 2009 and they told me it was irreversible. I sat there and waited for six years . . . so I lock it,” a frustrated Barrack had said at the time.

He had complained of not receiving the money Government owed him for the construction of the building or for rent. He also threatened at the time to keep the building locked until he had a cheque
from Government.

However, he removed the chains and locks following Kellman’s intervention.

During a telephone conversation with Barrack back then, Kellman told the contractor he was “quite surprised” by his actions, to which Barrack retorted: “I took it because I told you I would do it and you told me I wouldn’t do it. So I did it.”

“I didn’t want to do this but I had to do it because you all doan care if I eat or not. This is all I work for in my entire life. I am almost 80 years old and you playing games with my life. Y’all messing me up. How I gon eat,” he asked the minister at the time.

An official source has told Barbados TODAY that Barrack now spends much of his time on his yacht, trying to keep out of the limelight.

“He is trying to keep out of confusion and he also is trying to make sure his building looks the best in the world,” the source said.

6 Responses to Barrack sails

  1. jrsmith April 26, 2016 at 3:56 am

    This just shows the quality of our politicians , this is so rum biscuits and corned beef , the behaviour of Governments in a case like this makes you wonder if the world isn’t laughing at us..Is this what education done for real character of people who suppose to be leaders…This matter was handle like a Harry and John affair in sargeants village…

  2. Harry April 26, 2016 at 7:22 am

    Jrs, on behalf of Harrys everywhere I object my pardner John & I would have fixed this long ago – in fact it would not have reached this stage!

  3. Watchman April 26, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Jrsmith what does education have to do with politicians, what are the qualifications to be a constituency representative ?

    It’s only the jealousy and envy crew that swipe at the educated every chance they get.

    • Donild Trimp April 26, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Watchman I disagree with your premise.

      There are educated people with common sense and they are educated fools.

      JR is correct. Barbados produces a lot of EDUCATED FOOLS.

  4. jrsmith April 26, 2016 at 10:00 am

    @, Watchman, hail, hail, I am not swiping at anyone in this case education would be a benefit none of which was displayed by the government. I am hearing this all the time how educated bajans are black people around the world judges they status by being educated.. as for being jealous and envy I am pretty well off living a fantastic life and way past 75 still working..
    must remind you, most of the worlds wealthy carries with them a low level of education…
    For me what rules the day, honesty, respect and being trustworthy and good character , I have never envy anyone never had to always done well through out my life…

  5. recoanthony April 26, 2016 at 2:46 pm



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