Earlier today at the Bermuda Industrial Union headquarters, Esme Williams, Kenneth Randolph Scott and Delarney Bulford voiced their opposition to the Government’s continuous investigation and prosecution of former Premier and Progressive Party leader the Honorable Dr. Ewart Brown, JP.
According to Mr. Scott, the prosecution of Dr. Brown began in 2011 and still continues to this day and has cost the Bermudian taxpayers over $10 million. Despite all the time and money that has been spent on investigating and prosecuting him, no resolution has been reached yet.
“ A 2018 national poll revealed that this prosecution was thought to be politically motivated and we the undersigned strongly feel it is a strong injustice against Dr. Brown,” he said. “ We also believe that the prosecution of Dr. Brown has proven to be a useless exercise and therefore an abuse and misuse of taxpayers’ money.
Therefore, we the undersigned strongly request that this prosecution cease and desist and all current charges against Dr. Brown be dropped.”
The undersigned have also voiced their opposition through the signing of a petition, which they hope to get at least 5,000 signatures within a couple of weeks and then present to HE Rena Lalgie, Governor of Bermuda.
“ We duly recognize and understand that Governor Lalgie has limited powers in this matter; however, the purpose of this petition is to reflect and express to her the will of we, the people of Bermuda,”
Mr. Scott continued. “ As she is Her Majesty the Queen’s representative for Bermuda and her people, we are appealing for her support by forwarding this petition, with signatures, to Queen Elizabeth and all other appropriate judicial agencies.”
According to Ms. Williams, Dr. Brown has been informed of the petition, which will soon be made available online for viewing and signage.
“ There will also be some establishments throughout the island which will have hard copies of the petition,” she said. “ We will also be approaching churches, clubs and other places we think appropriate and where people will be able to easily assess and sign it.”
Ms. Williams and the other creators of the petition believe that, because his prosecution has taken so long, Dr. Brown has been denied justice.
“ We have no problem with Dr. Brown having a trial, but as we said a few months and even years ago, justice delayed is justice denied,” she said. “ They have had the FBI, Scotland Yard and many other police forces investigate this matter and have found nothing, yet it has taken ten years.
How would you feel having 13 counts of corruption over your head for that long? . . . If this could happen to someone like Dr. Brown, it can happen to any black politician or person in power.”
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