Concrete evidence needed to investigate Asot – Wickham

Chairman of PV Energy Limited Peter Virdee shares a photo with Prime Minister Gaston Browne, and then Minister of Energy Asot Michael, in February 2016 (File photo)

Political analyst Peter Wickham has opined that an investigation into actions of  former member of cabinet Asot Michael by the Integrity Commission under the Integrity in Public Life Act and the Prevention of Corruption Act, should not be based on allegations.

Michael was recently implicated in a United Kingdom (U.K.) scandal where it was alleged that he demanded money, a car and campaign finances from British investor, Peter Virdee.

In May, he resigned from the Cabinet as the investment and trade minister, but still remains the member of Parliament for the St. Peter constituency.

In an interview with OBSERVER media, Wickham said as far as he is aware, the allegations leveled against Michael have not been proven and the evidence is questionable.

“My science is that until you have some kind of verifiable information on the table, it’s difficult as a local agency to pick up something that the U.K. court hasn’t been able to pass judgement on themselves,” he said.

He added, “All of this is based on a conversation that was overheard and up to now we don’t have confirmation as to who the principals were and what not and I think a lot is depending on what the U.K. courts do with regards to this information.”

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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