BVI premier waiting release on bond from US jail

| 04/05/2022 | 37 Comments
Cayman News Service
BVI Premier Andrew Fahie

(CNS): A Miami judge has ruled that British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie (51) can be released on U$500,000 bail following his arrest on drug-smuggling and money laundering charges in a DEA sting in South Florida last week. According to news reports in the US following Fahie’s scheduled court appearance on Wednesday, Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes rejected the argument that Fahie would flee and said he could stay in Miami with his daughters, who are attending college there.

In addition to the $500,000 bond, Fahie and his family are required to surrender their travel documents and he will be fitted with an ankle monitor.

However, federal prosecutors have appealed the ruling. The Miami Herald reported that Assistant US Attorney Frederic Shadley has argued Fahie should stay in jail until trial because he is both a flight risk and a danger to the community. He said the BVI premier was recorded telling a federal undercover informant that a potential smuggling operation involving thousands of kilos of cocaine was “not my first rodeo at all”.

Fahie, together with the territory’s port director, Oleanvine Maynard, and her son, who are also in US custody, are accused of plotting to accept cash bribes from the undercover agent posing as a Mexican cartel drug smuggler in exchange for the protection of a series of 3,000-kilo cocaine shipments to be smuggled through the overseas territory to the United States.

Meanwhile, as people in the BVI continued to protest potential UK direct rule in the wake of a damning report about local governance, Amanda Milling, the UK overseas territories minister, said it was a “challenging time for the people of the British Virgin Islands”.

In a statement issued on Wednesday as she wrapped up her visit, she said she had a lot to consider but the Commission of Inquiry Report had raised very serious concerns about the failures of governance and dishonesty by elected officials that had to be addressed.

“The Report highlighted significant concerns around corruption, transparency and accountability. There is no getting away from this,” she said. “This isn’t a question of whether something should be done. It is a question of what is done.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    just further proof that these poorly educated locals of the carribean cannot be trusted to run their own countries,,,,,unless you want to end up like jamaica.

    • Anonymous says:

      And other countries are running their country so well?

      • Anonymous says:

        The 2021 Index for Most Corrupt Caribbean Islands are:

        1. Haiti
        2. Dominican Republic
        3. Guyana
        4. Trinidad & Tobago
        5. Jamaica

        Note: Ranking Order: 1 (Most Corrupt) to 5 (Least Corrupt)

        Now, it would be interesting to see an extended list of the top 10 most corrupt Islands. Maybe it would now include BVI, and maybe even Dominica, St.Lucia, Antigua, Barbados & the Cayman Islands?

        More to come as Governments & International watchdogs seek to weed out & prosecute corrupt Public Officials and their corrupt (high-level) Associates.

        • Anonymous says:

          …and, that is just the Index of Top 5 Most Corrupt Caribbean Islands.
          Things should get interesting when the list is expanded to name the Top 10 Most Corrupt Caribbean Islands.
          Hmmm 🤔💭?

    • Anonymous says:

      The colonial mindset is still alive and well today, as seen above.

    • Anonymous says:

      That’s racist af. But it is par for the curse in Cayman. Can’t wait till it happens to you hypocrites.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Whereas if he were to be arrested for an execution style murder in the Cayman Islands, he could post his speeding ticket bail and be back out on the street the next day. No consideration of flight risk or GPS. Got it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    This man is a NATIONAL embarrassment. The people of BVI must demand his resignation to save any degree of trust remaining in the government.

    • Anonymous says:

      Speaking of NATIONAL embarrassment, we have local forever honorables that have to live with for the sake of political interests.
      Thanks Pact/UDP..

  4. Yeah says:

    Follow the assets that secure this bond!

  5. Anonymous says:

    “‘Not my first rodeo’ – BVI Premier Andrew Fahie admitted to ’15-20 years of criminal activity’, says U.S.

    British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie is a serial drugs offender who claimed in a secretly-recorded conversation to have been “stiffed” out of over $7 million by his criminal business partners over two decades, U.S. prosecutors alleged in a motion for the pre-trial detention of Fahie and Oleanvine Maynard that was filed at federal court in Miami, where they and Maynard’s son, Kadeem Maynard, have been charged with cocaine trafficking and money laundering.”
    Source: Offshorealert

  6. Anonymous says:

    What happened to Jeff Webb? CNS please update us all.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Idiot. Lock him up.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Did he ask them to take the $500K out of the $700K they had promised him from the first shipment?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Jeff Webb II


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