Producer says BBC has no video of bribe accusation

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Feb. 20, IWN – The producer of the BBC programme to be made about Harlequin Property says his team does not have a video of Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace suggesting that Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves accepted a bribe.

Gonsalves said on radio on Sunday that BBC journalist Paul Kenyon and one of his colleagues had shown to a man a video in which Eustace reportedly said Dave Ames, chair of Harlequin, went to Gonsalves office with a suitcase/briefcase of money and left without it.

Eustace has said that he was interviewed by the BBC, but denied making such an allegation against Gonsalves.

“No one in the Panorama team can find out what video the PM is referring to,” Matthew Chapman, the producer of the BBC “Panorama” programme to be made about Harlequin, told I-Witness News on Tuesday.

“We’re not aware one exists,” he further said.

Gonsalves had also said that Kenyon and his colleague accosted him when they approached him on an aircraft in Barbados on Sunday.

“Paul Kenyon and his colleague found themselves on the same flight as the Prime Minister. They had already asked for an interview with the Prime Minister in St. Vincent but had been refused. Mr Kenyon was very polite to the Prime Minister and introduced himself and explained where he was from. From the BBC team’s point of view this was a perfectly cordial encounter. How the PM viewed the encounter, I cannot say,” Chapman further said.

Gonsalves said that the BBC journalists contacted him late Friday evening for an interview and he told them that he was unable to grant one until this coming Friday.

Meanwhile, Chapman further told I-Witness News the PM said that he would subsequently respond to questions about whatever evidence the show is holding to substantiate the claim that money was taken to the Office of the Prime Minister and asked whether the BBC was prepared to make this evidence public.

He also said he would respond, as soon as possible, to Gonsalves’ statement that the BBC was levelling this charge against him because it is expensive and impractical for him to seek legal redress is in the United Kingdom, that the BBC team was condescending in their approach and would not have taken a similar approach to a British prime minister.



6 thoughts on “Producer says BBC has no video of bribe accusation

  1. Gonsalves runs St. Vincent any how he wants, he says what he wants does what he wants and behaves like a man possess with the forces of retaliation or out of control when he is confronted to face his own transgressions.What a man!If you dont agree with every thing Gonsalves say he and his idiots followers say you are a Ralph Hater. Is Gonsalves the son of God that no body cant say something observed about that man? In addition,the few Premiers and prime ministers St.Vincent had,none of their names were caught up in these dis
    graceful and dirty activities that Gonsalves had been accused of. It’s a damm shame,folks I want to know if the literacy level of vincentians has not escalated. Its seems like illiteracy or some dumbness has taken over more 50% vincentians and the other 50% who are being literate seems like they lack wisdom so we come back to square one: May be every body else dumb and only Gonsalves and his top class supporters smart and intelligent,Or perhaps only Gonsalves poverty level supporters who get nothing but some galvernize,a $500 or squat lands are the illiterate ones. I am still wondering why do vincentians allow negative behavior from heads of Goverment to exist.

    Posted by profdasilva | February 21, 2013, 23:12
  2. PROFDASILVA, there is no need for you to PROJECT THOUGHTS of self upon the readership.

    Let us establish something now; you are not a PROFESSOR, because your writings betray you every single time. So right off the BAT you’re DECEITFUL and LACK CREDIBILITY.

    Moreover, all the NOISE that you and your alter ego Peter were making is turning out to be just that, NOISE.

    For 12 years, Eustace and the NDP have been trying in all manner of unsavory ways to get Dr. Gonsalves to demit office, because they cannot beat him at the polls, but like all the other attempts, the politicization of this issue will fail too.

    That said; we want to know what is the alternative vision and plan of Eustace and the NDP to develop and move SVG forward, because negative propaganda and lies will not lead to the wise people of SVG elect them to govern.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | February 22, 2013, 11:41
  3. VINCYPOWA, with the aid and support of the anti-patriot Marxist inspired left, yes people like you that post support propaganda, the country is in such economic decline in the hands of Gonsalves that there will eventually be total collapse of our society and monitory system.

    Of course that is something that is part of Marxist policy, the regime leaders can then take control of the whole financial system and better control the ignorant people. Destruction of the middle and upper class is a must in this type of Marxist manoeuvre.

    You VINCYPOWA and others like you are culpable in the collapse of our country, and will be guaranteed a place in the hall of the infamous scum that will be published eventually in SVG.

    Posted by peterbinose | February 25, 2013, 08:14

    If you have concerns regarding your investment with Harlequin please email me

    Posted by Erica Broughton | March 24, 2013, 16:32


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