West Basseterre MP Maynard calls for resignation of Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant and Culture Ambassador Jonel Powell
St Kitts and Nevis Member of Parliament, Hon Konris Maynard has called for the resignation of Minister of Tourism and International Trade, Hon Lindsay Grant and Ambassador of Youth, Sports and Culture, Jonel Powell, following a High Court judgement in a breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to account or misappropriation of US$460,000 (EC$1.2 million) belonging to a client.
According to High Court documents, on December 22, 2017, Tanzania Tobin Tanzi filed a claim against Grant and Powell, alleging breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to account or misappropriation of US$460,000.
He noted that Grant and Powell have indicated their intention to appeal the October 28, 2019 judgement.
Tanzania Tobing Tanzil has claimed that the sum of US$460,000 was transferred to the bank accounts of Grant and Powell in May 2013, for the purchase of a condominium unit under the Citizenship By Investment Programme and to secure title for the property.
After hearings before a Master at various dates in 2018, the Court in February 2019, determined the terms of the default judgement and ordered Grant and Powell to pay damages. Grant and Powell filed for a stay of the order and a hearing was set for September 26, 2019 before Justice Eddy Ventose.
In his October 28, 2019 ruling Justice Ventose refused to set aside the default judgement and ordered that Tanzil and Grant and Powell to make submissions on the assessment of damages for a December 12, 2019 hearing.
Tanzil was represented by Sylvester Anthony, Angelina Gracey Sookoo Bobb and Renal Edwards.
Grant and Powell were represented by Brian Barnes of Daniel, Brantley & Associates