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Premier: Some COI Recommendations Approved

Premier: Some COI Recommendations Approved

Premier Michael Dunkley provided an update on the first tranche of recommendations — made by the Commission of Inquiry — that they are “moving forward with to build more effective working relationships between Government ministers and senior civil servants, to improve transparency and to safeguard against conflicts of interest.” Recommendations... Read more of this article

Column: Ministers Responsibility, Accountability

Column: Ministers Responsibility, Accountability

[Opinion column written by Jason Hayward] The events leading up to and following the release of the Commission of Inquiry Report have been highly upsetting and distasteful. The Bermuda Public Services Union is on record stating that we support the principles of accountability and transparency, and therefore, the Union had no objection to the mandate... Read more of this article

BPSU On Recommendations Made By COI

BPSU On Recommendations Made By COI

The recommendations by the Commission of Inquiry should be “carefully considered and to the extent that the recommendations make practical sense, and will help to achieve greater accountability for the public purse, they should be supported and implemented expeditiously,” the Bermuda Public Services Union [BPSU] said. The Head of the Civil... Read more of this article

Column: COI Report, Is Future More Important?

Column: COI Report, Is Future More Important?

[Opinion column written by Jeremy Deacon] The Commission of Inquiry report has received a lot of attention with much of the focus placed on what happened in the past but, in a way, is the future more important? While the Commission reported at length on a series of large infrastructure projects undertaken while the PLP was in Government, it also reported... Read more of this article

COI: Some Violations Were ‘Serious & Persistent’

COI: Some Violations Were ‘Serious & Persistent’

[Written by Don Burgess] The Commission of Inquiry released a 178-page report stating they “found numerous violations, some of which were serious and persistent,” and there is “evidence of possible criminal activity” in projects in which former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown, Derrick Burgess and Vic Ball were involved. In addition, the Commission... Read more of this article

COI: ‘Evidence Of Possible Criminal Activity’

COI: ‘Evidence Of Possible Criminal Activity’

The report from the Commission of Inquiry states there was “evidence found of possible criminal activity” in seven of their inquiries; Ambling, Global Hue, TCD Testing Centre, purchase of sand & rock, Magistrates’ Court & Hamilton Police Station project, Port Royal Golf Course project and the Heritage Wharf pier. The Commission’s... Read more of this article

Video: Premier Dunkley On Commission’s Report

Video: Premier Dunkley On Commission’s Report

The Commission found evidence of “possible criminal activity” in seven of its inquiries and “as they are now subject to Police investigation I will withhold any further comment at this time,” Premier Michael Dunkley said. Speaking in the House of Assembly today, Premier Dunkley said, “In late December 2015, by the authority of the... Read more of this article

Full Copy Of Commission Of Inquiry Report

Full Copy Of Commission Of Inquiry Report

The Commission of Inquiry report has just been released, with the 178-page report saying “we have found that there were indeed widespread breaches of Financial Instructions” and “we have concluded that there is evidence of possible criminal activity requiring referral to the Police.” The Commission’s report noted that “because... Read more of this article

Dr Brown: COI Was Contrived To Cast Aspersions

Dr Brown: COI Was Contrived To Cast Aspersions

The Commission of Inquiry was “contrived to cast aspersions on the character of past PLP administrations in order to influence the upcoming election,” Dr Ewart Brown said, adding that “its very composition reflected the historical racism of colonial Bermuda” and it “was truly reminiscent of the worst days of our history... Read more of this article

Commission’s Final Report To Be Posted Online

Commission’s Final Report To Be Posted Online

The Commission of Inquiry has provided its Final Report, which is “being formatted for public dissemination,” and once this process is completed it will be placed online and the public will be notified, Premier Michael Dunkley said today.The Premier said, “Early last year I announced Government’s intention to establish a Commission... Read more of this article

Commission Of Inquiry Receives Time Extension

Commission Of Inquiry Receives Time Extension

Premier Michael Dunkley advised today [Feb 1] that he has extended the deadline for the submission of the final report from the Commission of Inquiry by one month. “The Commission’s report is now due to be submitted to the Premier by February 28, 2017. It should be noted that this extension is not expected to result in additional costs,”... Read more of this article

Commission Of Inquiry: Dr Ewart Brown Affidavit

Commission Of Inquiry: Dr Ewart Brown Affidavit

“Even though I maintain that I am completely innocent of any wrong-doing I feel compelled to claim my privilege against self-incrimination” and “ask that the subpoena be set aside as it would be unreasonable to compel me to attend before the Commission to give evidence,” former Premier Dr Ewart Brown said in his affidavit to... Read more of this article

One Hour Video: Commission Of Inquiry Hearing

One Hour Video: Commission Of Inquiry Hearing

After resuming their public hearings earlier this week, the Commission of Inquiry continued today [Dec 1] at St. Theresa’s Church Hall on Laffan Street in Hamilton. The Commission, which has been charged with investigating the findings of the Auditor General’s report, is chaired by former Bermuda Court of Appeal judge Sir Anthony Evans, and the... Read more of this article