Former Police Commissioner Wants Government To Investigate IHI US$14 Million Scandal

By Antigua News Room,

Former Police Commissioner Vere Browne as well as now-retired Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Nuffield Burnette, wants the government to make a second attempt at investigating the controversial Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Company Ltd. (IHI), Japan debt settlement US $14 million-dollar scandal.

The two former senior members of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda (RPFAB), believe that there is sufficient evidence and that it could finally bring closure to the case.

The IHI debt settlement investigation dates back to the 1990s and surrounds allegations that millions of dollars were funneled into the pockets of a number of individuals masked as loan repayment for the desalination plant constructed in Antigua with the loan from IHI.

A key official who was a part of the investigating team, has also confirmed that he received directives in 2014 to immediately halt investigation into the case which attracted much media attention, both locally and internationally.

Photo: Vere Browne