Michael MacLean Makes Allegations In Affidavit

July 9, 2015

[Updated] Michael MacLean — the developer involved involved in both the City Waterfront and the Par-La-Ville project — had made a number of allegations in his second affidavit pertaining to the lawsuit over the Waterfront.

Mr. MacLean is presently involved in two legal matters; he launched legal action over losing the waterfront lease and is also the defendant in legal action over an $18 million loan for the Par-La-Ville development.

Mr MacLean’s Allied Development launched legal action over losing the 262-year Waterfront lease, which they signed in late 2012. The RFP process to award the lease was criticised in an Ombudsman’s report, and the lease was overturned following a vote in Parliament last year.

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In addition, Mexico Infrastructure Finance [MIF] initiated legal action against Mr MacLean in his capacity with Par-la-Ville Hotel and Residences Ltd over an $18 million loan which was backed by a guarantee by the Corporation of Hamilton [CoH].

The $18 million loan was not paid back, resulting in MIF initiating legal action against both the CoH and Michael MacLean, and the Par-La-Ville car park being placed under receivership in March 2015, with the income from the car park being turned over to pay down the debt.

Mr Maclean’s second affidavit — which was filed in the Supreme Court and is dated July 2, 2015 — has been obtained by the press, with the 16-page document containing a number of allegations.

The affidavit begins with Mr. MacLean referencing his first affidavit, and goes on to allege that he was asked to “bribe” certain high ranking political figures millions of dollars in exchange for their support.

He alleges that one political figure wanted the money sent to an account in another island, while another planned to buy a business in the United States.

37-minute video of Mr MacLean speaking in June of last year about the Waterfront contract being voided

He alleges that in discussions “pseudonyms” were used for certain Cabinet Ministers, including “My Boy,” “The Joker” and “The Soldier”.

The affidavit mentions discussions that allegedly took place via email and Whatsapp, meetings that allegedly took place locally and overseas, alleges that pre-paid cell phones were used and also makes mention of recording conversations.

“I decided it was necessary to whenever I could, tape record conversations…” Mr MacLean said in the affidavit.

“I did this for my own protection, for the protection of my business interests, and to remind me of things which had taken place if ever it was necessary for me to be reminded.”

In the affidavit, Mr MacLean said, “This affirmation is made for two further reasons. The first is in opposition to the  Government of Bermuda’s current application to strike-out these proceedings on abuse of process grounds.

“The second is to support the joint application of Allied and ADPL for an injunction restraining the government and any other persons from utilising the Hamilton Waterfront without Allied’s and ADPL’s express consent.”

Mr MacLean ends the affidavit by saying, “If the Government of Bermuda’s application was acceded to, that would be a tragedy.”

In response to the lawsuit, in which Mr MacLean is seeking various remedies including constitutional relief and $90 million compensation, the Attorney-General previously said the “Government views this action very seriously and will be defending it vigorously.”

Attempts by Bernews to get comment on this affidavit from various entities have not yet been successful, however we will update as able.

Update 11.28am: At one point in the affidavit, which spans alleged conversations and interactions in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Mr MacLean mentions the Police. We asked the police for comment on the matter and were told that as there is an “active police investigation” it would not be “prudent” for the BPS to respond.

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  1. Ra's al Ghul says:

    So what is the consequence of lying on an affidavit?

    • Family Man says:

      Apparently none.

      • Really, Really, Bettty says:

        This issue keeps rearing its ugly head. What does that suggest to many?

        It therefore, suggest it is highly likely that much has happen, and did happen. This seems to suggest that a full investigation of this Scandal by the Governor must be conducted to ensure that there is no proceedings on abuse of process by the Bermuda OBA Government MPs that were called “My Boy, Joker and the Solider.” Fitting names indeed for folks that we already know who they are.

        This is a serious matter in that the integrity of the government is at question. To overlook this issue only because Mr. MacLean owes monies on the Parking Lot deal, is foolish at best. Mr MacLean ends the affidavit by saying, “If the Government of Bermuda’s application was acceded to, that would be a tragedy.”

        This is a real tragedy for the Government of Bermuda. The People of Bermuda must hold the government accountable. The People of Bermuda deserve better than this from the government. This matter must be addressed to ensure that good governance is conducted in Bermuda. Transparency is failing us big time in Bermuda.

        I hope this issue will be fully addressed, so that it does not continue to drag on, on, on…..

    • Rich says:

      If you can prove lying, then the individual is guilty of perjury, which can net you 10 years in prison. However, you would need multiple witnesses and/or some corroboration before a conviction can be made.

      • Really, Really, Bettty says:

        This seems to tarnish the OBA Governments image of Good Governance and Transparency. No Comment from the Government speaks volumes.

        I do not think one would go this far just for the heck of it. It is likely he has some hard evidence against the Government, and now has made the decision to Act upon it, since it is before the Legal Courts. What is outstanding is that the Government has now become entangled in a web of deceit. There seems to be much moving forward, that needs a full investigation in to this matter to clear it up.

        The people of Bermuda deserve much more from their Government. A full investigation by the Governor must be conduct to ensure Good Governance and no Corruption.

        • hmmm says:

          If the Deal was overturned a few month after OBA came into government, then why would OBA be even in conversation with Maclean in 2014?

          This doesn’t make any sense.

        • Build a Better Bermuda says:

          Can we also investigate why the PLP supported giving this man a 262 year lease from a an RFP that was in so much disrepute. I am also curious about which ministers he refers to as wanting a bribe, when every minister was behind have the contract quashed. ‘My Boy’, ‘The Joker’, ‘The Soldier’… I trust Mr. MacLeans evidence is clear and his recordings have verifiable time stamping?

    • Starting Point says:

      best forum name yet!

      • Now lets see, we have my boy, soldier, joker and SpongeBob so I wonder who is the chef.
        Mr. Speaker can we have a quorum.

    • Now I’m waiting for a lawsuit from the U.B.P camp, like SpoongeBob did to Jason for defamation of character.
      You just cant write S!@# like this.

    • concern_bda says:

      I wonder what is the consequence of a person(s) soliciting a bribe???

  2. hmmm says:

    Let us have names. If it is true then let us hear the evidence.

    Whilst you are at it, give the 18million back.

    • I must admit, the 14 years the P.L.P were in power they screwed up some things, but these Dreamers have been ACCUSED of some dumb S!@# every month since they got in.
      So now we have WATERfront Gate.

      • what... says:

        OJ….”I must admit, the 14 years the P.L.P were in power they screwed up some things”.. come on…. they screwed up everythig they touched….

      • Spit Bouy says:

        Onion Juice,

        No the PLP screwed up pretty much everything they touched, the evidence is staring us in the face everyday. Besides being accused of some dumb s*&% every month especially by the PLP is hardly a damning indictment now is it?.

        Admittedly the OBA aren’t helping themselves much, not with their unerring ability at scoring silly own goals. So with that in mind ‘these Dreamers’ are more likely to screw themselves up rather than Bermuda ala the PLP; big difference.

        If Mr. McLean has damning evidence that holds up in a court of law then so be it, those guilty OBA & or PLP Ministers etc should have the full weight of the law thrown at them.

        Pity he doesn’t have or won’t release tapes of the meetings from when he was given the Waterfront deal, I bet that would be just as interesting.

        • Referendum Gate, G.P. license plate Gate, Pre-Election $350,000 Gate, The infamous Jet Gate, Secret Taping Gate, Airport Gate, B.T.A Gate now Water Gate ……………………
          and we still have just over a year for more Gates.

          • Spit Bouy says:

            Onion juice,

            As I said all silly own goals & most are a crisis in the minds of the PLP; but hey thats politics! Now tell us how much did they cost the taxpayers?

            On the reverse we have these doozy’s, I will refrain from adding’gate’ to all of them as it is infantile.

            BHC
            Berkley
            Faith Based Tourism
            Beyonce’s Bash
            No maintenance of the Ferries
            No maintenance of the Buses
            Wrong sized trash trucks
            New Court/Police Building
            Port Royal Golf Course
            Water front lease issue (which was a PLP brain child)
            TCD – Emissions control
            Uighurs
            Payroll Tax (which helped IB businesses to let staff go & many to leave)
            ‘Safety Wall’ – for former Premiere

            All these things and more & I’m not even trying. All of which cost taxpayers hundreds of Millions of $$$ & Bermuda to have a less than favourable reputation as a place to do business.

            There endeth the lesson!!!

            • Um you forgot Cedar Beams.

              • Spit Bouy says:

                OJ

                No I didn’t forget it. It’s such a minor incident in the PLP’s long list of shame it’s really not worth my time mentioning.

                On the other hand that would be one of the childish ‘gate’ names you would throw up. You however seem to have forgot about the wall at Blackwatch pass. In the same ballpark as most of what you mentioned as scandals, much ado about nothing.

            • Really, Really Bettty says:

              The Current Government will be Held Accountable at the Polls, as that is what the People will be evaluating, and not the former record of the PLP. So your attempt to deflect on the PLP is not required nor necessary. The OBA must focus on what they are doing and if they are governing in a fashion that is Honest, Transparent and Accountable to the People.

              • Zevon says:

                Shouldn’t you be studying for your retake of the vet exams?

              • Spit Bouy says:

                Really, Really… Exactly, the OBA (& the PLP) will be held accountable & or vindicated at the polls. Just as the UBP & later the PLP we’re finally held accountable at the polls. As such you’re & the oppositions attempt to paint everything that happens as a ‘scandal’ will be seen by anyone with their eyes open as an attempt to deflect from their shameful time as Government & now the PLP’s pathetic time as opposition. You’re attempt to deflect onto the OBA is not required nor necessary. We all have memories and most of ours of the PLP are not good, but carry on creating new ones by crying wolf & shouting fire in a cinema, I guarantee you will not like the next trip to the polls anymore than 2012′s.

  3. watchmen says:

    Green or Red…all self serving sycophants. I think you literally have to be borderline sociopath to enter into politics today…like it is a bar you must get over or something. I hope the actors in this saga are named and shamed.

  4. Quo vadis says:

    When will the senior cabinet ministers accused by Mr MacLean deny his allegations? I know if someone accused me of something I didn’t do, I’d be front and center denying it. Not just ducking comment.

  5. Michael says:

    Get your popcorn ready! What Ministers are shaking in their boots today..

    • hmmm says:

      Waterfront was pre OBA.

      • watchmen says:

        I was waiting for you to say that…ignoring the larger point-corruption past and present. Notwithstanding the name he did mention has already been disgraced and I am sure it is some of the red banner-men he is referring to in this current affidavit.

      • Real talk (original) says:

        The alleged bribery isn’t…

      • Waterfront was pre U.B.P, but U.B.P conjured up a law to eradicate the contract.

    • @ Michael: There aren’t any, “shaking in their boots today.” I would suggest Mr. Michael MacLean do produce that evidence or, cease making accusation.
      This man,(Mr. MacLean) owes $18 plus million dollars and realizes he is in quicksand and the more he wriggles the deeper and faster he’s sinking…I believe he will attempt diverting the publics attention from what it should be focused upon, “any-which-way” possible.

      • One thing I can be sure of, it’s that the, “diehards” will tick the dislike :-)

      • Legalgal says:

        Maybe, but he is not actng alone. He needs to name names. And an independent enquiry without input from local police, lawyers, local judges is required urgently if there is any hope of recovering the proceeds and get to the bottom of this.

      • Seriously says:

        Diverting attention away from what? Mr. MacClean did produce the evidence along with his tapes to the courts. The information are considered public documents. How about you go and get yourself a copy. AND he called the names of your precious OBA politicians. He clearly has nothing to hide or lose. Pay attention Mr. Ray. These politicians are not above reproach. Furthermore if someone made allegations like that about me! I would quickly come forward with my lawyer and defend myself. What do we the public hear? Resounding silence….. That tells us something much as you attempt to wish it away.

        • Seriously says:

          Diverting attention away from what? Mr. MacClean did produce the evidence along with his tapes to the courts. The information are considered public documents. How about you go and get yourself a copy. AND he called the names of your precious OBA politicians. He clearly has nothing to hide or lose. Pay attention Mr. Ray. These politicians are not above reproach. Furthermore if someone made allegations like that about me! I would quickly come forward with my lawyer and defend myself. What do we the public hear? Resounding silence….. That tells us something much as you attempt to wish it away.

          • Ya, like SpoongeBob is doing to Jason.

          • Sabrina says:

            Who did he mention?

          • Statement made by Premier Michael Dunkley.
            “This document contains outrageous and completely unfounded accusations by a desperate man who is the subject of a Police investigation and a law suit over monies related to the Par-la-Ville hotel project.
            The airing of the affidavit is a gross violation of court procedure and conduct. The claims it makes are ludicrous and will be dealt with in the courts. Until then, have faith and hold steady,” added the Premier.

          • Thanks, for setting the record straight Premier Michael Dunkley…
            Note: This document contains outrageous and completely unfounded accusations by a desperate man who is the subject of a Police investigation and a law suit over monies related to the Par-la-Ville hotel project.
            The airing of the affidavit is a gross violation of court procedure and conduct. The claims it makes are ludicrous and will be dealt with in the courts. Until then, have faith and hold steady,” added the Premier.

            • Ian says:

              Raymond, you would thank a gorilla for hooting so long as its endorsed by the OBA…

            • mj says:

              the affidavit is a sworn document that may or may not be used in court proceedings but is public access information.. so what court proceedure or conduct was violated? and why would they need to hold steady and have faith?

      • Seriously says:

        Diverting attention away from what? Mr. MacClean did produce the evidence along with his tapes to the courts. The information is considered public documents. How about you go and get yourself a copy. AND he called the names of your precious OBA politicians. He clearly has nothing to hide or lose. Pay attention Mr. Ray. These politicians are not above reproach. Furthermore if someone made allegations like that about me, I would quickly come forward with my lawyer and defend myself. What do we the public hear? Resounding silence….. That tells us something much as you attempt to wish it away.

      • Regina says:

        Agree. I don’t believe a single word that comes out of this man’s mouth.

        • Ian says:

          And why is that? Start with the effort you people have to expend in convincing yourselves youre not racist…

    • Tiger too says:

      None, McLean is the one who should be shaking in his boots.

  6. BDAGIRL says:

    Lets hear the tapes. If I was an upstanding citizen and a politician requested a bribe from me, you bet your boots I would have a tape recorder on me. For over two years there were meeting!!! Once I had 2 or 4 bribes I would have called for a meeting at the Hamilton Princess with none other than Govenor and my lawyer. Let me blow some more smoke out of my $$$ and see if I can do a smoke screen from my legal matters.

    • hmmm says:

      Surely him not outing these folks years ago doesn’t do his image any good at all.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Indeed .
      Anyone who can’t see what’s going on here and what it’s all about and what it’s designed to do is so dumb they shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      Isn’t it a law that says…you can’t record a conversation unless all parties have been made aware that they are being recorded. .?

  7. aceboy says:

    This is a parroting of Bean’s allegations about cell phones etc.

    Where is the $18 million Mr. MacLean?

    Why do you think that a bunch of people who have been thrown out of office and who left the COH in shambles have the right to hand a 262 year lease to you? You seem to think it is yours now. It isn’t and won’t be.

  8. Bermyman says:

    This guy is on the ropes and he is desperate. He has nothing to lose and it is obvious by his actions. If he succeeds, he may not go bankrupt. Otherwise he delays the inevitable!

    He messed-up, he was out of his depth and he got stung by not being aware of the possible external risks regarding his agreement.

    • The Lawyer says:

      Precisely, he IS ON THE ROPES, so has nothing to lose and him using one of these Whistleblower Acts etc or the Courts will help purge us of any PLP or OBA politicians who have not been doing the people’s business.

      Let this play out. If he is making up stories then this too will be revealed in the Press.

      • Loquatz says:

        I would hope that the courts would be the arbiter of this one, not the media!

  9. Terry says:

    Ok.
    Out of the loop here on this one.

    Was this not prior to the OBA being elected?
    Would this not be inclusive of PLP Ministers and Corporation members prior?

    Shalom.

    • No it is not inclusive of PLP Ministers as all named in the two affidavits are OBA.

    • Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

      I have a feeling that the fingers are being pointed at the OBA, but that’s just the impression I’m getting from things.

      The problem is that Maclean isn’t a trusthworthy figure, so if he’s telling the truth, he’s going to need good support.

      In general, there’s something going on here. I suspect it’s much more tangled than anything we’ve seen yet.

      • Ian says:

        God you sound ridiculous. After that thorough account of events, which I suspect is just the tip of the iceberg, please explain how McClean is not trustworth. Try to get past the fact he is black first.

        • hmmm says:

          18,000,000 reasons perhaps

          • Ian says:

            Thats your response?? Thats really all the substance of your perspective on 30 mins of detail in this video alone??? Pathetic… Not shocking.

        • Family Man says:

          Well, I can think of 18,000,000 reasons and none of them are black.

          • Ian says:

            Glad you’ve managed to sleep well again last night convincing yourself of that.

        • Kangoocar says:

          Ian, not that you ever had any credibility, but if you did you would lose it everytime because it is you that ALWAYS mentions race first?? Anyway I can tell you McLean is not trustworthy because he actually owes a lot of money. he is a very desperate person and desperate people do stupid things!!! Much like you when you are desperate for attention and you either throw the race card of your toys out of your pram!!!!

          • Johnny says:

            The OBA owes a lot of money (they chose to triple the debt they inherited and didn’t have the foresight to come up with a plan where the island could earn revenue to help pay back the enormous loan they made). They are a desperate party and have been doing stupid things. In my eyes and a lot of other peoples’, the OBA have very little credibility and are not trustworthy.

            And yes the PLP screwed things up put us in debt and all the other things that messed up, and anything else you can think of. But the OBA promised the island that they would sort it out, no problem. That was a load of crock.

            It sounds so silly when you and your cronies cry like little children as you throw your toys out of the pram- “what about how the PLP did this or that”. Its time to get over that now. Your party has been in power for almost 3 years and have managed to triple the debt with no recourse for paying it off.

            Once the old boss has been fired for running the company to the ground, a new boss will be hired. If the new boss can’t turn things around, and puts the company further in debt than anyone had imagined, he will be fired too.

            • Spit Bouy says:

              Johnny,

              The OBA doesn’t owe one red cent & neither do the PLP, we the the people of Bermuda owe that money, shakes head!! Please do try and keep up.

              I’ll grant you the OBA have scored alot of own goals, amateurish at best sometimes. However the PLP didn’t put us in this mess overnight though they sure gave it a good try. It took them several years of mismanagement to do that. Also we all know it takes longer to build things up as opposed to knocking them down, but according to your warped logic because the OBA haven’t turned it around in 2 1/2 years they have failed? Got it. LMAO

              By your reckoning we should now fire this New Boss as he has failed Bermuda Inc by creating even more debt & hasn’t miraculously created new revenue streams, all in under 2 1/2 years, right.

              So I guess the OBA shouldn’t have borrowed more money as even though the Government has financial obligations that it wouldn’t have been able to meet as they we’re literally broke. I’m sure we could just tell the overseas businesses we deal with that we would give them an IOU so just send us those new buses & parts, the new ferry engines and another things we wanted as we’re good for it! They should’ve just let all Government services stop and send employees home permanently without pay or chance of future employment? Great idea Einstein.

              Also it sounds like your remedy for our ills is to put the old boss back in control of the company. What do you expect them to do; create new revenue streams & pay down debt? non of which they did previously, another great idea.

              Do you run your own or any business? Don’t bother as I’m sure I already know the answer.

          • Ian says:

            Thanks Kangoocar. So enlightening as usual.

        • Rhonnie aka Blue Familiar says:

          ~shakes my head~
          You should be embarrassed.

  10. George says:

    I am not sure what is more shocking Mr. MacLean, the fact that you were allegedly asked for bribes from politicians or that you conceded and are thus allegedly complicit by continuing to negotiate with these individuals!

  11. Smh says:

    Wow look at all these blind followers. The opposition leader makes allegations of corruption – Oba supporters don’t buy it. Understandable.
    Now we have businessmen with signed affidavits and detailed reports and the first thing the OBArites are saying is “this guy must be desperate..” REALLY??? Swallow your pride and admit that the people you voted in are not who you thought. “It is easier to fool someone than to convince them that they have been fooled!!”

    THIS is why politics are the way they are. WAKE UP FOOLS your little ‘always on the defence’ OBA pity party is not worth losing Bermudas integrity !!!!

  12. smh says:

    Cant wait to see how this unfolds lol whats done in the dark always comes out in the light. Mark bean and plp deserve this country back obviously the oba isnt about the people. First jet gate now this. Theres a reason craig is minister of public works

    • Anbu says:

      Oh keep quiet. U obviously know everything and nothing at the same time. How the hell are the oba not for the people? Or do u mean just “your ” people? Sure lets hand power back to the jacka*** that put us where we r today. Brilliant idea.

      • Johnny says:

        Anbu – The PLP didn’t put us where we are today, they put us where we were 3 years ago.

        The OBA put us where we are today and in only 3 years they have tripled the admittedly massive debt handed to them.

        I could be wrong but I thought their aim was to lower the debt.

    • TonyC says:

      I think we can all figure out who The Joker and The Soldier are. Whatever happens, someone is in big trouble.

  13. smh says:

    Bean isnt as stupid as you people make him look

    • hmmm says:

      Are you saying he is using Maclean for the benefit of the PLP?

    • inna says:

      Nope, he does it all on his own, mate!

    • Lala says:

      Or as he makes himself look?

    • Rhonnie aka BlueFamiliar says:

      No one but Mr. Bean can make him look the way he does.

  14. Bullseye says:

    Bring the proof and punish the guilty severely.

    The whole idea of this back-room deal 262 year lease of Front Street still boggles my mind!

  15. Balanced Facts says:

    You would have to be a complete idiot to believe the story that came out on radio. You can’t just move monies around of that Magnitude. Minister says put 5 million in my mothers account? LOL That would generate an immediate inquiry at the bank to establish the purpose and source of funds and the relationship of the account to any PEP (Politically exposed person!!!) This is a Mickey Mouse conspiracy set up! Nice try…

    • @ Balance Facts, a thought for today: “There are two kinds of light — the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)
      Yes, I agree 100% It’s another Mickey Mouse conspiracy :-(

      • After going over and over on this “matter” I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if the end results are just like the results (thus-far)up at the Port Royal Golf Course. Lots of figures being pointed but no-one is convicted of any wrong doings…Sad yes, but true :-(

  16. smth says:

    did u hear any plp names in this no, oba ppl make me laugh.

    • Terry says:

      I heard no names mentioned.
      (should say read- haven’t listened to the video)

    • Rhonnie aka Blue Familiar says:

      Frankly, I suspect if there’s any truth to any of this, people from both sides are going to be involved.

  17. Vote for Me says:

    The allegations of bribes are very serious. whilst the media has a responsibility to ‘print the news’ there should be some degree of research to see if the allegations can be supported before being reported.

    We may have our individual opinions about politics but any unsubstantiated claims of bribery involving our politicians is not helpful.

  18. Alvin Williams says:

    If Mr. Maclean has all of this on tape than the OBA government and the ministers involved are toast. Now we are going to see who is in bed with who. We know one other media since we have not seen a peep from them concerning this affair is one; now we are waiting to see if the British appointed governor is another? I recall there was no hesitation on the part of the governor when the move was made against former PLP premier Browne when similar allegations were made against him and not proven. And given the haste that the British were in when they move against the former premier of the Turks & Caicos who was also accuse of corruption; one wonders how long they are going to take to take similar action with respect to Bermuda? Apart from desperate attempts on part of the OBA government to deflect from this issue; the silence is deafening with respect to these very serious allegations involving members of their government.

  19. Legalgal says:

    On a positive note, this is one of the most plausible explanations on how this was authorized by the City and authorities. Bribery and corruption. Whilst there are a lot of sensitive legal issues that will need resolving here and overseas, at least this may open the transactions up to being declared void in the event that parties are involved in, or had knowledge of, the facilitating of bribes. Just glad the foreign courts are involved and some real facts are being discovered by them. These assets need to be traced, criminal charges brought, assets seized and frozen, persons detained. Sad day for Bermuda’s reputation but rather than cover it up, clean up and trace.

  20. Enough says:

    Sounds like someone finds themselves completely out of their depth and is slinging accusations around…..

    The truth will come out in time.

    • Ian says:

      Love how you people so comfortable (and naturally) view blacks as being out of their depths. And you cant even help yourselves. The mindset of a supremacist. This man has clearly done his homework and more thoroughly than our own select interests serving government for that matter.

      • Enough says:

        Get over yourself. There is no reference to race here, it is quite obvious this guy is out of his depth as he finds himself in debt to the tune of millions of dollars.

        The only one bringing up race here is you.

        • Ian says:

          Then on your own logic you are obviously prepared to admit our government is out of their depth for make no headway with jobs promises and adding more debt in their first 2 years then the PLP did in their first 10… Mr MacLean is not out of his depth. He, like many ambitious black entrepreneurs before him here, have the odds stacked against him by interests (supported by this goverment) that do not view him as one of theirs.

  21. swing voter says:

    I think no matter who wins and runs the government, there will always be elements of greed involved ….. Mac just got caught in the middle, and his dream turned into a nightmare.

  22. steve says:

    Hey Mr Mclean,are you looking for sympathy or just looking to spill on your friends after the whole deal has gone to hell? Why were you talking to pseudonyms on prepaid phones? Why were you recording conversations to protect yourself unless you knew it was corrupt? Why didn’t you call the cops? If this is how you do business, then what other business interests were you trying to protect?
    Fair minded people (regardless of party favor) want politicians prosecuted in proportion to wrongdoing.

  23. Handcuffs! says:

    Your right! No plp names! But we can surely go there! But thats is the problem we (bermudians) go back and forwards fighting to determine which political party is wrong! In actual fact we ALL look like fools! What we need to demand is handcuffs or else it will continue to happen and WE all get robbed! The guy is involved in a $18m scandal and sitting around a clean desk saying “he said she said”!! SMFH!!

  24. Long Bay Trading Co. says:

    Well on the one hand, IF (big IF) what he is saying is true and it is backed by hard and fast evidence, then a full investigation needs to be conducted and any one found to have participated in such action is brought before the courts and dealt with to the fullest extent of the law.

    On the other hand, Mr. MacLean is a desperate man by all accounts. Very desperate. He is in a very big hole and has 18 millon reasons to try and dig himself out and lying on an affidavit would be small potatoes compared to his potential legal and huge financial woes.

    So which is it? and where is the evidence to back up his claims?

  25. Thomas Mahoney says:

    WaterGate?

  26. ABC says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUWyeB4FxdQ ¿¿¿

    all have de answers but de ¿ still remains¿

  27. enough says:

    Wasn’t he asked to Bribe governement officials, so just how trustworthy is this gentleman and who asked him to bribe them. Certainly alot more to this story and he is not all innocent.

  28. Peanut Butter and Bacon Sandwich says:

    The gentleman had better be telling the truth and as importantly better be able to back it up; if not, a libel/slander action might well add to his legal problems.

  29. Oh,I see now says:

    If,and it’s a big if,it is true and nothing is done this island will not survive imagine them breaking our pockets for the greater good…wink wink while all the time lining theirs.All I am waiting for is a response from Big Mike once they brake up the covered wagon circle.Usually Mr Fahey has an explanation for everything but I’m curious to see who takes pole position on this one,that would show me how serious things are.If true Mike let these guys swing ,you will have clawed back a little of the respect that you have lost…..Do the right thing.

  30. Just wondering says:

    i think these individuals need to have some time to properly have the chance to defend themselves – MacLean had plenty of time to have this affidavit drafted up i suggest we give them the same courtesy before we convict them out of hand!

  31. Alvin Williams says:

    The media is tip-toeing on egg shells on this story and Bermuda comes out the loser.

  32. Terry says:

    We are so screwed.
    By Bermudians that is.

    Reflect.

  33. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    I can see that the majority of you DO NOT know how politics REALLY works…I’ve said it before and I will say it again…what ever political group is in power,they are directed by a shadow govt…MONEY masters run the World…and there is NOTHING that you little broke ass minions can do about it but cry out your own little resolutions which you THINK is being heard and observed…Global corruption is alive and well and Bermuda is NOT EXEMPT.

  34. Need Peace says:

    All you intelligent folks should just listen to the video provided in this article. Duh!!

    • There’s a difference between a video and an audio…
      Just a thought :-(

    • Ian says:

      This “intillegent” folks use that “talent” toward rationalizing (in their minds) all this things foul the OBA does.

  35. Ian says:

    The OBA and its Old Boys core of support are the enemy of ambitious, talented black Bermudian entrepreneurs. Their philosophy is “let them do well in business… so long as it isnt at the expense of our control/success.”

    • I believe the greatest disappointment is this reality, you and other diehard P.L.P. supports must accept the facts which are, the One Bermuda Alliance will continue governing Bermuda and all its citizens for the next 2 1/2years…Sad for some but true :-(

  36. Alvin Williams says:

    WATERGATE’ the OBA has come full circle now.