June 2007 - Leaked to the Bermuda Press:
As reported in the Bermuda press:
'damaging dossier' consisting of thousands of
pages of confidential interviews,
Following the leak, it has been reported that Brown has refused to answer questions about his involvement and members of his party have called for his resignation - click here to read more. Mr Brown claims to have been 'exonerated' following the original police investigation but we question whether he understands the meaning of the word:
It appears that the Premier Brown is far from exonerated, he is a suspect and it appears that he has never been excluded as a suspect by the police because they failed to interview him and obtain information ergo, Premier Ewart Brown remains a suspect. In the parlance of criminal justice, a suspect is a term used to refer to a person, known or unknown, suspected of committing a crime. A suspect is not a person who is removed from any suspicion of guilt; just the opposite is the case!
If Mr Brown wishes to avoid being the Suspect Premier, we would suggest he offer himself up for interview just as soon as possible. But it does not appear this is something he will do willing so, now the cat is out of the bag and the suspect Ewart is named, it is hoped that the police will no longer be reluctant to approach the island's leader for an explanation because it appears Ewart is not about to volunteer information (se Royal Gazette 22nd June 2007). It appears our questions are to be ignored - click here to read the list presented.
The documents showed that detectives suspected that offences involving Government Ministers occurred at the BHC quango in a scandal that was labelled ‘Bermuda’s Enron’. Apparently, the documents show that detectives believed there were “reasonable grounds to suspect” that offences involving Government Ministers occurred and officers apparently considered bringing Conspiracy to Defraud and Official Corruption charges against Ewart Brown contrary to Sections 393 and 111 of the Criminal Code. read more here.
Ewart Brown is the Country's Premier, their 'president' or 'prime minister' i.e. the highest ranking politicians on the island, the leader of the party currently in office, the PLP - Progressive Labour Party. As Premier, Dr. Ewart Brown now earns $72,286 per annum as Premier, the current MP's salary of $50,000 per annum as a Member of Parliament and $162,000 per annum per Ministry as a full-time Minister of both Tourism and Transport. Ministers' cars are provided free as one of their perks, with an unlimited gas (petrol) allowance, a large Peugeot. Their other benefits include calls made from home, credit card for overseas travel, health insurance, generous pension
Brown has been named in leaked police report which, at present appears to have more people asking 'who leaked the document' than 'was there sufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Brown?. In turn one questions who will be more embarrassed; the islander's leader or the Bermuda police? However, a 'top cop' has apparently vowed to find the leak . .. apparently stating "every stone will be turned to establish who, how and why anyone would want to discredit the Service and the people of Bermuda in such a vile manner" read more about the leak here
Apparently, Brown labelled the Mid-Ocean reports defamatory, and said he has taken legal advice over serious allegations made about him. It is also reported that the Premier made a controversial threat to cut ties with Governor Sir John Vereker over what he alleged was a failure to act in advance of the articles.
It was subsequently report that the Auditor General had the documents (or at least copies) thousands of them
The reports appearing in the press allege that Brown:
Other lines of inquiry pursued by the Police, outlined in the documents are detailedd in the Royal Gazette article read more here.
BUT ... no charges followed, other than in respect of Terrence Smith. For more information about the investigation, click here
Brown, Dr Ewart
He was 60 in 2006, married, three children with a previous wife, a physician. Born in 1946, he is the son of the late Ewart and Helen Brown of Flatts. He represented Bermuda in the 400 and 1400 meter relays at the (British) Commonwealth Games in 1966. He graduated from Howard University with a B.Sc in Chemistry and an MD. He earned an MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles. He spent many years as a medical doctor at Vermont-Century Medical Clinic in Los Angeles. He became an American by residence years ago. He was first elected to the House of Assembly in 1993. He became Transport Minister in 1998 when the PLP was first elected to power. He was elected Deputy Premier in 2003 when Mr. Scott instead of himself became Premier in a keenly fought contest, He was appointed Tourism Minister in 2004 after Renee Webb resigned
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