Published 12 May 2018
Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source
By: Media Source
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister mentioned by a man fighting corruption allegation in UK
London, England, May 13, 2018 – The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis has been mentioned by a man fighting corruption allegation in the United Kingdom.
According to WICNews, property tycoon Peter Singh Virdee has been accused of bribing high-ranking Caribbean politicians after secretly taped telephone calls emerged in a High Court judgment issued last week.
Excerpts from the transcripts of the calls came to light in a judgment issued by the court that rejected Virdee’s attempt to overturn the National Crime Agency’s action.
Virdee and and his business associate Dieter Trutschler accuse the NCA of flouting the law when they were arrested by British police after an extradition request from Germany.
Both men deny any wrongdoing.
According to the judgment, Mr. Virdee was recorded saying of the same minister: ‘he said to me “You promised my mum a car”. I said: “I have no problem in buying you a car.” The judgment then quotes Mr. Virdee saying ‘[The minister] is obnoxious. I said to him, “Go f**** yourself…” ’
The judgment also records that Virdee told Trutschler that “the Prime Minister of St. Kitts” was visiting, and he was “taking him and his entourage for dinner this evening, so be ready for a big bill”.
Lord Justice Holroyde and Mr Justice Dingemans said the NCA believed “the claimants were ready and willing to pay bribes, and had given at least one gift to a Caribbean politician”.
This was denied by Virdee and Trutschler, and the court emphasised that nothing in the judgment was a final adjudication of the precise meaning of the transcripts.
WicNews said so far there has been no comment from the prime minister, Timothy Harris, or the opposition in St. Kitts and Nevis on the matter.