(CMR) The Government of the British Virgin Islands has retained an international law firm for a commission of inquiry ordered to look at possible Government corruption.
On Monday, Gus Jaspert, the Governor of the BVI, announced that the inquiry would be made following reports of possible political interference and coercion in relation to appointments in the public service and statutory boards, including the criminal justice system and individual criminal cases.
A statement from the Office of the Premier announced on Thursday, January 21, that the Government has appointed international law firm Withers, together with leading counsel, Sir Geoffrey Cox QC MP, the recent former Attorney General of England and Wales, to ensure a transparent process and to advise upon issues arising from this decision by the Governor in this matter and upon all matters relating to the Commission of Inquiry.
Commenting on this appointment Premier of the Virgin Islands, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, said, “I am pleased that the Government of the Virgin Islands will have Withers to advise Government – in particular the expertise of Rt. Honorable Sir Geoffrey Cox, MP with his extensive legal knowledge and professional experience regarding Overseas Territories.”