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BBC journalists visit as part of probe into Harlequin

Two BBC journalists visited St. Vincent last week as part of a programme about Harlequin, the company that owns Buccament Bay Resort. (Internet photo)

Two BBC journalists visited St. Vincent last week as part of a programme about Harlequin, the company that owns Buccament Bay Resort. (Internet photo)

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 18, IWN – Two BBC journalists have visited St. Vincent within the context of an investigation into Harlequin Property, the company that owns Buccament Bay Resort.

BBC journalist Paul Kenyon, of the corporation’s “Panorama” programme, told I-Witness News on Sunday that there are “concerns about the operation of Harlequin”.

He said British investors “have put millions and millions of pounds sterling into the company and they want to see what the results is”.

“The main thrust of the programme is about Harlequin and the resorts they have around the Caribbean,” he said

He said Dave Ames of Harlequin “owes millions and millions of pounds back in the U.K.”

Investors in Ames’ company, Kenyon said, expected some properties to be built in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.

“He’s rolled back the date; promises have been breached and he is being investigated in the UK by the authorities there and we are interested in his relationship with your prime minister, as part of our investigation,” said Kenyon, who Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves accused of accosting him on a plane in Barbados.

Kenyon further told I-Witness News he and a colleague were in St. Vincent for four days as part of the investigation.

He said they spoke to the Leader of the Opposition, Arnhim Eustace.

“He gave us a response to various questions we put to him,” Kenyon said.

The investigation, he said, found that Harlequin owes Vincentians “an awful lot of money”.

“He (Eustace) gave me various pieces of evidence about that,” the British journalist said of his conversation with Eustace.

“So, there are people in St. Vincent owed money by Harlequin, and there are investors, in the UK, many of whom have invested their entire pensions in Harlequin and they want their money back but, they don’t get their money back,” Kenyon said.

He said he also spoke to contractors owed by Harlequin.

One was owed EC$80,000 and another was able to collect only some of the $1.2 million owed.

“There are a lot of people who have not been paid for their goods or services delivered; that’s my understanding,” Kenyon said.

“I understand that there would be some benefit,” he said of the potential impact of the resort on the country’s development.

“If he (Ames) did what he said he would originally do, then that would be a good thing,” he said.

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5 thoughts on “BBC journalists visit as part of probe into Harlequin

  1. Where is Julian Francis, he is good in interviews. He also knows a lot about Harlequin and Buccament. He told us if we have a problem go to him.

    COOeeeeeeeeeee Julian, are you on line, or are you at Buccament again?

    Posted by peterbinose | February 18, 2013, 10:10
  2. Julian, whatever you do don’t mention Millenium, you could end up with a multi headed international report.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 18, 2013, 11:47
  3. So basically this BBC issue is about Harlequin and their shareholders.

    So what does this has to do with the PRIME MINISTER of St. Vincent and the Grenadines?

    In other words, where did this story came from that Mr .Ames came to the PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE with a briefcase/suitcase with a million dollars or there about and left with the briefcase/suitcase empty?

    Who is the person who PLANTED that STORY and for what PURPOSE?

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 18, 2013, 21:45
  4. VINCYPOWA, you wrote this “So basically this BBC issue is about Harlequin and their shareholders. So what does this has [have] to do with the PRIME MINISTER of St. Vincent and the Grenadines?”

    The issue is not about Harlequin and their shareholders, it is about Harlequin and the investors.
    If the BBC have the evidence that they claim, it has a lot to do with the PM, because any money AMES had belonged to the British investors, none of it belonged to AMES.

    I sincerely hope that the whole thing turns out well and the investors investments will be saved. My fear is at the end of the day they will lose everything.

    We must also remember that British investors were encouraged by Gonsalves to invest with Harlequin, visiting the UK seminars and offering shows.

    We must also remember that Harlequin has made some substantial loss’s because they were promised an international airport finished two years ago, at the best they were mislead, at the worst they were told downright lies.

    VINCYPOWA, they say they have three witness’s that confirm the bag and Ames went in and Ames came out without it. Perhaps they are making all this up?

    Why don’t you wait for the programme, its only 5 or 6 weeks away. They have completed their enquiries, and they have all their evidence, its just a matter of putting it all together.

    We are still asking for evidence about the origin of the million US dollars in cash that turned up at the NDP bank, carried there by a top ULP.

    We are still asking for evidence about where all the US cash came from that ULP top people shared, and family and friends took to the bank.

    What top ULP had a house built by Harlequins contractors and workmen at Prospect/Harmony?

    Have any, and if so how many Syrians have had to pay $15,000 bribe to a top ULP to get registered in SVG and pay a continuing annual stipend to stay without any hassle? I am not talking about the fees as prescribed by law.

    Did someone sit in the middle and take a profit from the vehicles and plant purchased for the airport?

    VINCYPOWA, you are an inspiration for me to write, thank you. Keep it up and I will write more and more reminders, lest we forget.

    I am not accusing Gonsalves of anything, that is for others to do if they have the evidence and choose to do so. Lets hope for the good of SVG, that he didn’t do anything naughty.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 20, 2013, 20:40

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