British Commission on Inquiry Investigates Alleged Corruption in the BVI

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Saturday, February 13, 2021
Bruce Zagaris

On January 25, 2021, the British and British Virgin Islands (BVI) governments announced a commission of inquiry will investigate alleged corruption in the BVI. In his last days as governor of the BVI, Gus Jaspert made a Facebook video post accusing the island’s government of overseeing a “plague” of corruption, interfering in the criminal justice system, and trying to silence anyone who asked questions about the misuse of funds, including £ 30 million to assist the BVI combat the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement occurs at a time when reports say the EU is preparing to blacklist the BVI as a tax haven.[1]

[1]    Rupert Neate, British Virgin Islands at a crossroads as outgoing governor decries corruption, The Guardian, Jan. 25, 2021.