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Former Bermuda AG quits bank post

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Former Attorney General of Bermuda Mark Pettingill, who quit his cabinet post in the wake of the so-called 'jetgate' scandal earlier this year, has resigned from a top job at a Bermuda bank after less than three months.

Pettingill, left his post as Clarien Bank's chief legal officer on August 7.

A spokesman for Clarien, which took over the former Capital G Bank in April, said Pettingill has "opted to pursue alternative professional opportunities".

Pettingill, who has not commented on his resignation, stepped down as attorney general after accepting the job with Clarien.

Initially, he said he would continue in the job until the post reverted from a political to a non-political one but tendered his resignation in May, shortly before taking up the job at Clarien.

Pettingill, with ex-Premier Craig Cannonier and Tourism and Transport Minister Shawn Crockwell and Stephen DeCosta, a business associate of Cannonier's, became embroiled in a row over a trip to Washington, DC, in March last year on a private jet owned by American tycoon Nathan Landow to discuss possible investment opportunities in Bermuda.

Cannonier was forced to resign after details of the trip became public, along with a donation to a One Bermuda Alliance-linked 2012 general election campaign fund amounting to US$350,000 by Landau and a group of other US businessmen, although he denied any wrongdoing.

Pettingill said his decision to stand down as attorney general had nothing to do with 'jetgate' and that the trip had breached no ministerial code of conduct.

Crockwell refused PLP calls to step down and continues to hold his two ministerial posts. Cannonier and Pettingill sit on the government backbench.