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Monday, August 9, 2004 - A retired local and regional public servant who earlier agreed to conduct an inquiry into developments surrounding the Helenites Building in New York has had a change of mind.

Mr. Eldon Mathurin, who was this morning named as the investigator appointed by Cabinet to conduct the investigation into the circumstances surrounding an attempted transfer of title and facilitation of a mortgage for the “Helenites Centre” in New York, this afternoon indicated that he will no longer be able to carry out the task as earlier agreed.

In a letter to Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony, Mr. Mathurin said: “Despite my promise on Monday August 9, 2004 to undertake the assignment which you so kindly asked me to perform on behalf of the Cabinet, I regret that after giving the matter considerable thought and discussing it with my family, to have to inform you that I am unable to accept the assignment, particularly given the time frame in which the Report is required, and the intensity of the work which will be required to complete the task with the thoroughness and diligence which will be necessary.”

Mr. Mathurin asked Dr Anthony to “please accept my sincerest apologies over the fact that the deliberations with my family did not allow me sufficient time to have informed you of my decision prior to the public announcement in the House of Assembly earlier this morning.”

According to Mr. Mathurin: “It is with much regret that I convey this news at this late hour, but in all the circumstances I think that it is in the best interests of all concerned that I respectfully decline this honour. For this I am deeply sorry.”

Mr. Mathurin said he wished to thank the Prime Minister for considering him, “and leave with you the assurance that my decision in this matter will in no way deter me from service should an appropriate occasion arise in the future.”

The Prime Minister accepted Mr. Mathurin’s letter and has indicated that a new investigator will be appointed within the shortest possible time.


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