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Apology accepted but damage done, says Creary after Petrojam report correction

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:00 AM
Creary: I cannot see how a basic fact like that was missed but having being missed it has created a lot of damage.

Mayor of Port Maria Richard Creary has accepted the apology from the Integrity Commission for an error in the damning Petrojam report that cited him.

However, Creary says the damage to his reputation has already been done.

In two reports two weeks ago, the Commission said Creary was part of the panel that selected Floyd Grindley as Petrojam general manager.

However, in a correction tabled in Parliament last week, the commission said Creary was not on the panel.

In an apology to Creary, yesterday, the Integrity Commission said it sincerely regrets its error and also said sorry for any distress, embarrassment or inconvenience it may have caused. 

"While I accept the apology I am still of the view that this mistake should have never taken place and to make it seem like I was present in order to enable some corrupt act, I find that disturbing," said Creary.

"I cannot see how a basic fact like that was missed but having being missed it has created a lot of damage," he added.

Creary also said he has never been associated with anything corrupt and no one has ever called him corrupt.

"Based on this report persons are discussing that because of a report I am a corrupt individual. A lot of the times when there are such media reports, persons hear it initially they don’t hear the apology or retraction," Creary said.

Further, the mayor said he will be pursing legal actions against a number of media houses, whom he said defamed his character, with how their stories were framed.

In 2018, Creary resigned as a Petrojam board member but remained a director of its parent company, the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).

Following the release of the Commission’s reports on June 30, Creary insisted that he was not on the panel and demanded a retraction.

Grindley's interview panel included former board chairman Perceval Bahado-Singh, Ike Johnson, a former executive at Scotia Investment Limited and Yolande Ramharrack, who, at the time, was a director of PCJ.

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