Governor John Rankin has instructed Police Commissioner Mark Collins (pictured above) to start several criminal investigations recommended by the recently published Commission of Inquiry report, Mr. Rankin announced Thursday. (File photo: DANA KAMPA)

Governor John Rankin has instructed Police Commissioner Mark Collins to start several criminal investigations recommended by the recently published Commission of Inquiry report, Mr. Rankin announced Thursday.

The investigations will probe four areas, according to the governor:

– allegations that the Premier’s Office obstructed investigations by the director of the Internal Audit Department into Covid-19 assistance grants;

– the recovery of public money spent on the Sea Cows Bay Harbour Development project and the Virgin Islands Neighbourhood Partnership Project;

– the recovery of public money spent on Parcel 310 of Block 2938B in Road Town; and

– possible corruption within Her Majesty’s Customs.

Mr. Rankin noted that criminal investigations are already ongoing into the Elmore Stoutt High School perimeter wall project and BVI Airways project.

“I am determined that investigations should be held in line with the Commission of Inquiry report and that any public official who has engaged in criminal wrongdoing should be brought to justice and held accountable under the law,” the governor said. “I am also determined that where possible, public funds that may have been misused in relation to the projects under investigation should be recovered and used instead for programmes that benefit all members of our community.”


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