Bolden’s corruption claims still under police investigation

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  • <B>Claims:</B> David Bolden<B></B>

    Claims: David Bolden

A probe resulting from David Bolden’s corruption claims against former Premier Ewart Brown continues after more than 18 months, according to the Police Commissioner.

Businessman Bolden claimed under oath during his theft trial in June 2011 that a Government Minister told him the Premier wanted ten percent of his wireless technology company, and Dr Brown’s wife Wanda Henton Brown to be on the firm’s board.

He did not name the Government Minister in question.

Bolden also alleged the former Premier had earlier asked for a 60 percent share of the commission he earned from work on Bermuda’s public pension funds.

The claims prompted Dr Brown to launch a failed attempt to get an injunction against them being published by this newspaper. He also threatened to launch a private prosecution against Bolden for alleged perjury over what he described as the “wholly unfounded” allegations.

Police Commissioner Michael DeSilva later announced that police were looking into the issue, prompting Dr Brown to pledge in a public statement to assist the investigation in any way he could.

Giving an update almost a year ago, Mr DeSilva told The Royal Gazette: “During our enquiries it became necessary to seek the assistance of an overseas law enforcement agency to look into activities that may have occurred in the United States. Work is still being done to examine claims made by the complainant and other witnesses.”

In response to a request for an update on the investigation yesterday, Mr DeSilva replied: “The investigation into the allegations made by Mr Bolden is still ongoing. Lines of inquiries are still being followed, but no charges have been laid at this point."

David Bolden and his wife Antoinette were cleared at the end of the trial over theft and money-laundering allegations relating to their company Emerald Capital International, but convicted of lying to the Bermuda Monetary Authority about the finances of their Emerald Group of companies.

They were each sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

Lawyer Marc Daniels, managing director of Charter Chambers, said last night in a statement: "Dr Brown retained Charter Chambers in light of comments made in the press arising from witness testimony in the criminal proceedings commenced by the Crown against David and Antoinette Bolden. As this matter is currently under a police investigation, we do not wish to make any comments at this time".

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