AG Issues Court Proceedings Over Port Royal

March 1, 2017

[Updated] On behalf of the Government, I have issued proceedings against Zane DeSilva, Wendall Brown, Delano Bulford, Island Construction and S.A.L in the Supreme Court of Bermuda “in connection with the refurbishment of Port Royal Golf Course,” Attorney General Trevor Moniz said.

Trevor Moniz TC Bermuda March 1 2017

The statement from Attorney General Moniz said, “On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, I have issued proceedings against Zane De Silva, Wendall Brown, Delano Bulford, Island Construction Services Limited and S.A.L. Limited in the Supreme Court of Bermuda in connection with the refurbishment of Port Royal Golf Course between 2007 and 2009.

“Following the publication of the Special Report of the Auditor General on the Port Royal Golf Course Improvements Capital Development Project in October 2014, I commenced an internal investigation into the matters noted in that report, in particular, the finding of self-dealing by trustees.

“Trustees owe fiduciary duties to Government. As part of the refurbishment, goods and/or services were supplied to the Port Royal Project by companies linked to the first three defendants – all former trustees.

“At no point did they properly declare their interests or recuse themselves from the Board’s decision-making in respect of the refurbishment of Port Royal.

The AG alleged that the “defendants profited at the expense of Government in breach of their fiduciary duties. At no point was Government’s permission sought or given for such a breach.”

“Accordingly, Government is entitled to any profits made from these arrangements, and to obtain any secret commissions earned.

“Finally, I will not provide an ongoing commentary on these proceedings. I will robustly litigate this matter before the Court, which is the appropriate forum. This is part of Government’s efforts to protect taxpayers and to uphold and vindicate the rule of law.”

Update 5.58pm: In response, Mr DeSilva said, “I haven’t read the writ yet, however I was asked to sit on the board for my expertise and experience, and I am proud of the final product – one of the top public golf courses in the world. I will reserve further comment to my lawyers.”

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