Bermuda government denies bribery allegations

Grearson went on to repeat the earlier statement by Dunkley that both commented on and denied the allegations made by MacLean.

“You may be aware that contents of a Michael MacLean affidavit were aired today on the Sherri J show. This document contains outrageous and completely unfounded accusations by a desperate man who is the subject of a police investigation and a lawsuit over monies related to the Par-la-Ville hotel project. The airing of the affidavit is a gross violation of court procedure and conduct. The claims it makes are ludicrous and will be dealt with in the courts,” Grearson repeated in the statement.

The allegations by the developer outlined in a 16-page affidavit filed with the court claim that three members of the OBA government tried to extort millions of dollars from Maclean and his company, Allied Development Partners Ltd, which is involved in a protracted legal battle with government after his contract with the previous administration to develop the Hamilton waterfront was cancelled by the incoming OBA government.

MacLean claims that he met with a senior OBA cabinet minister in late 2012, when it was indicated that the new OBA government would back his redevelopment bid if he agreed to pay a bribe to three ministers.

He said the ministers agreed to back him in exchange for bribes but publicly spoke out against the planned developments.

Maclean said at no time did he indicate he was willing to pay the bribes solicited, which he said were initially set at $1 million but later increased to $5 million

One of the ministers is said to have wanted to use his bribe to buy a gas station in the US, another wanted the funds deposited in his mother’s bank account and the third wanted his funds sent to an account in the BVI.

The Bermuda police are reportedly investigating the allegations.


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