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Contact: Lucius Doxerie

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 A commission of inquiry has been duly issued (under the Commission of Inquiry Act, Cap. 17.03) by Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, and three commissioners appointed. The Commissioners who will be sworn in later today at Government House, are Sir Fenton Ramsahoye, Mustapha, Ibrahim. (Esquire.) and John Reginald, Phelps, Dumas. (Esquire.)

The Commission shall commence its inquiry from its first sitting to be held today, Wednesday 25th of February, 2009, to the 12th of March, 2009, at the House of Assembly, in the city of Castries from 9:30a.m.

The terms of reference of the commission are as follows:

  • To investigate the execution and administration of Road Development Projects (RDP) 001 and 002 undertaken by and on behalf of the Government of St. Lucia.
  • To investigate the administration of the affairs of the National Conservation Authority (NCA) pursuant to its statutory powers during the period April 2000 to December 2004;
  • To investigate the financial involvement of the Government of Saint Lucia in relation to payment of US$17,092,350 to the Royal Merchant Bank of Trinidad and Tobago to satisfy debts owed by Frenwell Limited.
  • To investigate any losses suffered by the Government of Saint Lucia in relation to payments and/or expenditure concerning the matters specified and referred to at (1) and (3) above.
  • To inquire into any losses suffered by the National Conservation Authority as a result of faults in administration in the period referred to in respect of the matters specified at (2) above.
  • To investigate whether any losses identified were the result of breaches of the civil and/or criminal law.
  • To investigate whether any losses suffered may may be recoverable in civil proceedings.
  • To investigate whether in relation to numbers (1), (2) and (3) above there is or may be criminal liability which may be the subject of prosecution in the criminal courts and
  • To consider the conduct of persons concerned in the above matters under reference to determine whether they performed their duties and fulfilled their obligations in a manner which was lawful and proper.

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