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CoI seems to have ended ‘abruptly’- Skelton-Cline

CoI seems to have ended ‘abruptly’- Skelton-Cline

Radio talk show host Claude O. Skelton-Cline has questioned the seemingly abrupt ending of the United Kingdom-sponsored Virgin Islands (VI) Commission of Inquiry (CoI), which he says came as a court case is still outstanding for the alleged illegal law practice by the three CoI attorneys from the UK.

Skelton-Cline made the brief comments on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, during his Honestly Speaking radio show on ZBVI 780AM.

On October 22, 2021, after more than 50 days of hearings and collection of evidence on a global scale, the Commissioner announced the conclusion of the hearings and evidence gathering stage subject to a ‘number of caveats’, which he said includes outstanding disclosures still to be made.

The evidence-gathering stage of the CoI began in January 2021 and the first private hearing was held on May 4, 2021, at the International Arbitration Centre in Wickhams Cay II, Tortola.

The Commissioner, Sir Gary R. Hickinbottom said moving forward, he is going to proceed on the basis that the elected ministers, as represented by the Attorney General, and her IRU have now disclosed all documents that are potentially relevant to his terms of reference.

He said the same applies to members of the House of Assembly who are represented by Silk Legal.

It should be noted, the evidence gathering has concluded just as witnesses were facing questioning from Sir Charles Geoffrey Cox, QC, MP, the Attorney representing the Premier and Ministers of Cabinet in the Virgin Islands.

The Commissioner said; however, that he will grant applications for persons to be questioned, particularly the Governor and ex-Governor of the VI.

On October 22, 2021, after more than 50 days of hearings and collection of evidence on a global scale, the Commissioner announced the conclusion of the hearings and evidence gathering stage subject to a ‘number of caveats’ which he said includes outstanding disclosures still to be made.

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