No definite payment time for Barrack

A court order regarding full payment for building contractor Al Barrack is still being negotiated with the state-run National Housing Corporation (NHC), while the contractor remains angry at getting only $5 million of the more than $70 million he is owed.

Al Barrack
Al Barrack

Early last Monday morning, Barrack chained and padlocked the entrances to the Warrens Office Complex, demanding that he be paid for his part in constructing the building.

He reopened the doors a few hours later after a promise from Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler and Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman, that he would get part payment by the end of the day.

However, when contacted by Barbados TODAY this afternoon, Barrack, who said he was expecting $7 million was not a happy man.

“Those guys are not nice people. I am not going to say anything now [because] my lawyer is dealing with the matter at this time. I will speak to the Press when something develops,” he said.

The NHC’s lawyer, Queen’s Counsel Maurice King, said the parties were seeking to get the court order that could bring an end to the dispute once and for all.

“All the terms of the [proposed] order are not yet settled. There are some outstanding matters which I know, but won’t say, that need to be agreed on,” he disclosed.

In 2009, the High Court had ordered Government to pay Barrack what was then about $34 million. However, that has since more than doubled with interest.

King said Barrack got $5 million and “the rest will be  paid later.”

However, he could not say exactly when the remainder of the money would be disbursed.

Reacting to Barrack’s lockdown of the complex, King said while the court had given the contractor possession of the building which houses some 15 government departments, there was a proviso that prohibited him from taking any action against the tenants, including eviction.

However, King said, while Barrack’s action was in contempt of court, the NHC declined to pursue any legal action against him.



15 Responses to No definite payment time for Barrack

  1. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson August 27, 2014 at 7:31 am

    this payment that the government cant fulfill just show up the bad economic situation in the country more and more we don’t have that kind of money to pay Mr Barrack tell him the truth

  2. Dre Forde
    Dre Forde August 27, 2014 at 7:36 am

    He is a big rabbit tha door should be still chain up

  3. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase August 27, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Where dem damn chains…..

  4. Addison Cortlandt
    Addison Cortlandt August 27, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Lol this pic that they have chosen is so on point it’s unbelievable. Lol Barack the pen is on the paper…first step hee hee smh…never let anyone take the power from you, it will be even harder to regain now

  5. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley August 27, 2014 at 8:18 am

    Will you please finish this phrase, “”” JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE . . . “”””

  6. Mac10 August 27, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Al. Are you seriously surprised????????

  7. Dave Payne
    Dave Payne August 27, 2014 at 8:48 am

    Well da finance being collected by government is being wasted… Hence all da problems barbados having…… They will put even more pressure on poor ppl and tax more … I hope BAJANS never fuh get and when da time to VOTE again … Vote those who will benefit U not da politicians pockets.

  8. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer August 27, 2014 at 10:07 am

    If he had taken the money over 18 months that the Government led then by the late David Thompson had offered, he would have been paid in full. Barbados has no money at the moment, so he has to wait a while longer.

  9. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale August 27, 2014 at 10:16 am

    This payment of more than Barbados $70 million [US $35 million] owed to Barbadian Al Barrack by the Barbados Government shows why the Government is such financial crisis and can not fulfil its promise because of the bad economic situation run the DLP Part who are running the government. Not mention to not able to remove garbage on a daily basis in the Barbados, the lack of buses in services provided to the public and the zero rating of growth by Moody and other companies like Moody.

    • Keinelle Ward
      Keinelle Ward August 27, 2014 at 4:31 pm

      it isn’t only NOW that this ting happening so dont put all d blame on present government………….. i blame both parties

    • Lynda Bonnett
      Lynda Bonnett August 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      He is not barbadian derek.

  10. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne August 27, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Mr Barrack could use a good boat chain.

  11. kay-rani rosita August 27, 2014 at 11:36 am

    $5 million out of $70+ million is nothing.
    Enough with the negotiations – pay Mr Barrack HIS money.
    Your word should be your bond. I am so disappointment with Mr Chris Sinckler and Mr Denis Kellman. Do the right thing.

  12. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria August 27, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Hmm…so he cant evict them. …wanna better hope he doesn’t turn to arson. Who would blame him….smdh. Barrack….if you did white, you woulda get pay loooooonnnnngggg time.

  13. Colin August 28, 2014 at 10:14 am

    And not paying him is not contempt of court?


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