Former BVI Premier pens farewell eight months after arrest on drug charges

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Eight months after he was arrested in the United States, former British Virgin Islands Premier Andrew Fahie has written a farewell letter to his former colleagues of the House of Assembly, urging them to keep fighting for the prosperity of the territory and focus on the areas that unite them as Virgin Islanders.

In the letter, Fahie called on citizens of this British Overseas territory to be “laser focused on the areas that unite, rather than those that divide.”

He also told his colleagues to create a territory where young people can dream of being the next speaker, clerk, attorney general, director of public prosecution, elected official, minister of government, premier, governor, or governor-general.

Fahie, who has been accused of knowingly travelling interstate to facilitate a business enterprise involving narcotics, also called his colleagues to, “allow God, through time, to do what only he does best with time — which is to be the only true and fair judge while healing all wounds.”

The former premier also expressed gratitude for the time spent in politics. The letter that was addressed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, serves as Fahie’s official resignation from his elected post as First District Representative and retirement from representational politics, effective November 24.

His resignation comes eight months after he was arrested at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport on drug and money laundering charges, which has since been upgraded to include racketeering charges.

“I, Andrew Alturo Fahie, now respectfully take this time to officially inform you Madam Speaker, through this written notice with effect from 24th November, 2022, of my retirement from serving in the capacity as a member of the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands and First District representative and from active politics at this time.”

“I also take this time to acknowledge receipt of your 2nd September, 2022 correspondence in response to my 18th July, 2022 correspondence. Madam Speaker, I humbly and respectfully request of you to please officially convey my retirement that comes into effect from the 24th November, 2022, to all the requisite authorities especially to all members of the House of Assembly, as well as to the people of the Virgin Islands – especially my beloved people of the First District on the floor of the House of Assembly via this letter, among other means you may deem appropriate.”

“My deepest appreciation and love I express to all. May God forever bless our Virgin Islands and the people of the Virgin Islands as our best days are yet ahead,” the former Premier stated.

The resignation was submitted just weeks ahead of his next court appearance in the United States that is scheduled to take place in a Florida court on January 9, 2023.

SOURCE: CMC

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Greed,for the lack of a better word,is good. It also depends on what you are greedy about. In your case,greed got you where you are at this time,in the lock up.Do not drop the soap,Corrupt Politician.

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  3. I disagree, greed is never good. Ambition, the desire to achieve, to better yourself is good. But combine ambition with greed and the result is evident throughout the Caribbean.
    There’s plenty of evidence of this, from the corrupt politicians to the businessmen who refuse to pay their employees a living wage and we can’t forget the pastors, with their flashy cars and wives begging from their suffering congregation.
    No greed is not good

  4. This same greed if investigated properly could send most of Caribbean politicians in Jail. This guy was stupid and blatant but the Robins that got government lands for nothing is as equally corrupt. Him in high place using government to enrich himself and his family is as equally corrupt. He owns housing project, land swapping, several backhoe, several Excevators , trucks . Then used government to set up a farm with Wells , potable water , electricity and roads which is so lacking in the entire agriculture community. His Júnior walks into the treasury and walls out with 30k at a time and they call that peanut change. Business complex in Jennings housing Cuban workers and statutory offices. The investors come here they get concessions unheard of and then rent his house for some outrageous price. Time and space will not allow me to list the corruption of him in high places .

  5. Well, Noriego was sentenced to 40 years in prison, ultimately serving 17 years after a reduction in his sentence for good behavior. Noriega was extradited to France in 2010, where he was convicted and sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for money laundering. In 2011 France extradited him to Panama, where he was incarcerated for crimes committed during his rule, for which he had been tried and convicted in absentia in the 1990s. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in March 2017, Noriega suffered complications during surgery, and died two months later.
    Then they jailed our popular Buju Banton. In 2009, he was arrested on drug-related charges in the United States, his first trial resulting in a hung jury. His 2010 album Before the Dawn won a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. In 2011 he was convicted on the aforementioned criminal charge and was imprisoned in the U.S. until December 2018, whereupon he was released, and deported home to Jamaica.
    So, if I were you. Just say your goodbyes, because you never know how many years, they will jail you. In the USA as a black man, you are guilty as charged, until you can proof your innocence.

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