MIAMI (REUTERS) â The premier of the British Virgin Islands appeared in a Miami courtroom on Friday (April 29) after being accused of cash laundering and conspiring to import cocaine in a case that has embarrassed the British abroad territory.
Andrew Fahie, 51, was arrested at a Miami airport together with the managing director of the territoryâs Ports Authority, Oleanvine Maynard, based mostly totally on a grievance by the USÂ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The listening to coincided with the discharge on Friday of a report commissioned by Queen Elizabethâs advisor within the territory which concluded that its development and elected authorities have to be suspended attributable to factors about dishonest governance.
Fahie and Maynard, wearing what gave the impression to be jail uniforms, appeared by the use of Zoom within the USÂ District Courtroom for the Southern District of Florida.
Determine Jonathan Goodman scheduled a pre-trial detention listening to for Wednesday and a preliminary listening to for Might 13.
In accordance with the grievance, a DEA informant claimed in conferences with Fahie, Maynard and her son Kadeem Maynard to be a cartel member seeking to modify tons of of kilograms of Colombian cocaine by the territoryâs Tortola island and ultimately to the US.
âDefinitely following the arrest of its Premier, the (UK Abroad Office) should now take direct administration of the British Virgin Islands pending an additional investigation into corruption and money laundering?â Chris Bryant, an opposition Labour member of the British parliament, tweeted on Friday.