Former Trade Minister Asot Michael is maintaining his innocence amid media reports that he sought bribes from a UK businesssman.
In his regisnation letter Michael said, “the media reports refer to recordings of conversations between persons other than myself, and I cannot be held responsible for their utterances.”
“I emphasize that I am not a party to the Court proceedings in the United Kingdom
which have been reported in the media, nor have I been charged with any wrong
doing,” he added.
Michael said the interests of the people of Antigua and Barbuda and the Government of Antigua
and Barbuda are, and have always been, of preeminent concern to him throughout his
The St. Peter Member of Parliament said he is resigning “to allow the Government to fullfill its obligations to the people, without any distraction.”
“I will continue to work assiduously in the interest of the people of my constituency,
and to do all in my power to counter and disprove allegations made against me. I am
determined that the calumnies against me shall not stand,” he added.
Michael was appointed Minister of Trade after the March 21 elections. He was fired last year after being arrested in the United Kingdom.