– owner Clifton Bac­chus

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

re­gard to the size of the head­lines, the photographs and the bold blurb on the front page. I am ab­so­lutely be­wil­dered by all of this.

From the ar­ti­cle, I learnt for the first time that I, my com­pany “and a num­ber of as­so­ciates are sub­jects of a money laun­der­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­ing con­ducted by SOCU which is on­go­ing since July 2016.” SOCU has never made any con­tact with me, to date, what­so­ever. As far as I am aware, SOCU has not made con­tact with any per­son close to me in re­la­tion to the Sleepin In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Casino Inc.

It is pub­lic knowl­edge that Sleepin In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Casino Inc has made an ap­pli­ca­tion to the Gam­ing Author­ity, un­der the law, for a casino li­cence. That ap­pli­ca­tion is cur­rently be­ing pro­cessed. The Gam­ing Author­ity has re­quested some ad­di­tional fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion. Ef­forts are un­der­way to pro­vide the re­quested in­for­ma­tion. The Gam­ing Author­ity is sched­uled to con­duct a site visit on the 16th of Au­gust 2017.

The doc­u­ments which I have sub­mit­ted to the Gam­ing Author­ity clearly es­tab­lish the source of my fi­nanc­ing: loans from lo­cal com­mer­cial banks se­cured by mort­gages, along with monies from an over­seas in­vestor se­cured by loan agree­ments and mort- gages. These doc­u­ments are all filed as of record with the Deeds and Com­mer­cial Registry Author­ity. Copies have been sub­mit­ted to the Gam­ing Author­ity. If SOCU re­quires them, I will gladly sup­ply copies to them. How­ever, as I in­di­cated above, they have never made con­tact with me.

In the cir­cum­stances, it is clear to me, that some highly placed per­son in govern­ment is ex­e­cut­ing a ven­detta against me with the in­ten­tion of tar­nish­ing my rep­u­ta­tion, stig­ma­tiz­ing my busi­ness and jeop­ar­diz­ing my in­vest­ments. I am for­ti­fied in this view be­cause the govern­ment’s news­pa­per is be­ing used to do it.

What this per­son or per­sons do not un­der­stand is that they are do­ing un­told dam­age to the im­age of this coun­try as an in­vest­ment des­ti­na­tion. After all, which in­vestor will want to in­vest in a coun­try in which they will be ex­posed to this level of em­bar­rass­ment, trauma and rep­u­ta­tional dam­age? I hope that this per­son does not rep­re­sent the po­si­tion of the en­tire govern­ment. For if this is the po­si­tion of the govern­ment, then they should sim­ply make it clear that pri­vate in­vest­ments are not wel­come in this land, and that they are un­in­ter­ested in job cre­ation, rather than sub­ject in­vestors to den­i­gra­tion and pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion".

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