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Published: Thursday | January 24, 2013 Comments 0

 

Sandals Resorts Int'l pays $12m in agreement on probe

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government and a prosecution team sent from London, England, have reached an agreement with Sandals Resorts International and its directors and officers in respect of probe into certain financial deals with the former TCI administration.

In a release yesterday, Neil Smith, the governor's spokesman in the TCI, said: "This agreement is without any admission of liability by the company, its directors and/or officers. It does not, however, prevent the prosecution of any other persons in respect of any facts and matters."

According to Smith, "The agreement, which involves a payment of US$12 million to the TCI government, is due in part to the cooperation of the company with the US authorities to a degree that has been acknowledged to be both extraordinary and unique and included the early and voluntary release of valuable evidence that has been shared with the SIPT (special investigation prosecution team) ."

While not going into any detail about the investigation, the TCI governor's spokesman noted that the information provided by Sandals Resorts International has materially assisted the SIPT's investigation.

In its own release last night, Sandals Resorts International said: "We feel that justice has prevailed, Sandals Resorts International has been indemnified and the outcome leaves clear room for the process of justice to continue."

Feb 28 date for 'Bungles' ruling

Former Superintendent of Police Harry 'Bungles' Daley is to know his fate on February 28 when the Court of Appeal hands down its decision.

The Court of Appeal, after hearing submissions yesterday from Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Dirk Harrison, reserved its decision on whether Daley's corruption conviction should be overturned.

Harrison has argued that on the evidence presented, the verdict of the resident magistrate was not unreasonable.

Daley's lawyers, Valerie Neita-Robertson and Debra Martin, had argued that the verdict was unreasonable because of the discrepancies and the non-disclosures by the prosecution.

Daley was sentenced in 2009 to 18 months' imprisonment for breaching the Corruption Prevention Act.

The Crown's case was that he corruptly collected $15,000 from St Catherine businessman Tafari Clarke for offering protection for a plaza in Ewarton, St Catherine.

Daley is currently on bail.

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