4th June, 2018
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (KYSS FM) – The government of St. Kitts and Nevis, led by Prime Minister Timothy Harris, has failed in its most recent stand-off against the Leader of the Opposition, Rt.Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas in a dispute over whether or not embattled billionaire, Peter Virdee was in possession of a St. Kitts and Nevis passport.
Recently the Harris-led Team Unity government led the public to believe that investor, Peter Virdee, was the holder of a St. Kitts-Nevis Passport.
Government officials also gave the impression that Virdee acquired the document prior to 2015, under the former Douglas-led Labour administration.
This claim came about after Prime Minister Harris was named court documents related to Peter Virdee’s VAT fraud case where transcripts of conversations between Peter Virdee and his business partner, Deiter Trustchler, appeared to expose the businessmen attempting to bribe Caribbean politicians.
In a statement to the nation just days after the explosive UK High Court judgement went public however, former Prime Minister Douglas stated that he was not aware of Mr. Virdee acquiring a St. Kitts and Nevis passport under his watch and charged the electorate with demanding that the government make public the information to back their claims.
Since then the Harris government has backpedaled on the claim noting that Peter Singh Virdee is not a holder of a St. Kitts-Nevis Passport, Diplomatic or otherwise.
A government press statement addressing the issue said, “Exhaustive checks conducted both domestically and internationally for Peter Virdee or any other permutation of his name have found nothing in the records to indicate that he holds a passport of any kind issued by the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
Notwithstanding the disclosure and correction, the government has failed to offer an apology to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and to the Leader of the Opposition for misleading the public on this matter.