Opposition Leader to sue Tourism Authority CEO

Opposition Leader, Arnhim Eustace (L) an CEO of the Tourism Authority, Glen Beache.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace announced on Monday that he has told his lawyers to bring legal action against Glen Beache, CEO of the Tourism Authority.

The legal action is in relation to comments attributed to Beache, published in last Friday’s The News newspaper.

In the article, Beache explained that he made a mistake when he said that EC$75,000 and not EC$40,000 was paid for the “Beast Let Go” video.

The difference in the figures has triggered much public discussions and questions in the nation’s Parliament.

Beache, a former tourism minister, said that while persons are calling him corrupt, his actions show that he is above board.

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The News quoted Beache as saying that Eustace was prime minister and minister of finance, his New Democratic Party (NDP) government rented space in Eustace’s building.

“So, I am corrupt cause I rented space to government,” Eustace said on the NDP’s New Times programme on Nice Radio.

“And he (Beache) said when I was prime minister and minister of finance I did that and went on to say in November the Tourism Authority ran out of space and from then until the present they are using space in his family building, free of cost,” Eustace continued.

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“So, I am corrupt. That is how I interpreted that. But you know, Mr. Lynch, that is very untrue. It is the ULP [Unity Labour Party] government that rented the building on the 16th of June 2002 — 15 months after I was no longer prime minister,” explained Eustace, whose NDP lost the March 2001 general elections.

“It was the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health who wrote to my brother asking him to rent space for a year and maybe for a few months beyond the year if it becomes necessary,” Eustace further said.

“Well, I have instructed my lawyers to bring legal action against Mr. Beache. I instructed them to do so on the weekend. That is all I have to say about that for the time being,” Eustace added.


5 thoughts on “Opposition Leader to sue Tourism Authority CEO

  1. LOL…is this a joke? I do not see the problem here…”Case dismissed! The court has no time to waste.” 🙂

    Posted by Honesty | August 15, 2011, 13:16
  2. Mr. Dishonesty Say: if it was the other way around what will you say? Mr. Beach need to do his research first before he makes false accusations about people, every time he open his mouth is just lies and foolishness he speaks.

    Posted by Vin Jobe | August 15, 2011, 13:35
  3. Make him Pay for his mouth…sue him! He is an embarrassment to the Ralph Gonsalves led administration…himself and Sabato Caesar.

    Posted by Real Honesty. | August 15, 2011, 14:22
  4. Arnhim might have a case, imho. Depends on EXACTLY what Glen said. What is reported here is not enough, but the full statement may have implied that arnhim is corrupt. I think glen should just apologise and not make this a bigger issue.
    i find 2 things interesting tho… first, its nice to see arnhim getting into the lawsuit game! When ralph sues people for defamation, arnhim says its antidemocratic and that ralph is using courts to stifle free speech. now the shoe is on the other foot, lol
    also, its interesting that arnhim is suig glen for THIS issue (renting office space) but not the OTHER claim that glen has repeatedly made — that arnhim took advantage of his gov’t links to buy land in the grenadines at 50 cents a square fioot, when it was valued at $10+ per sq ft. I guess one allegation is true and one isn’t, hmmm? smh

    Posted by Safia | August 15, 2011, 16:32
  5. Perhaps you should just ask for an apology and a small payment of EC$250,000 that seems to be the format here in SVG.

    Problem is Mr Eustace, how are you going to get this matter before a court in Saint Vincent.

    Posted by Peter | August 15, 2011, 21:29

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