Revocation Of Stanford’s Knighthood Not Yet In Effect

More than two months after the National Honours Committee recommended that Sir Allen Stanford be stripped of his knighthood, the fraud accused investor still has the title.

But chairperson of the committee, Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro has insisted that the body “will not pressure” Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack, in whose hands the matter now rests, to go forward with the revocation.

“The committee does not follow up on these things once it has passed on recommendations to the governor general,” she told The Daily OBSERVER.

“We have passed on our decision to the governor general and she will make the decision in consultation with the prime minister.”

The National Honours Committee recommended back in October when it submitted the names for this year’s Independence honours, that the knighthood should be revoked.

Stanford was conferred the honour in 2006, on recommendation of the leader of the Antigua Labour Party, when the country celebrated its 25th anniversary of Independence.

But after being arrested and charged earlier this year for perpetrating a US $8 billion fraud, there were calls from the Concerned Citizens pressure group and other citizens for him to be stripped of the knighthood.

Dr Quinn-Leandro said the committee had received several letters and heard the public’s complaints that the honour was being brought into disrepute as a result of the charges against Stanford, and it had therefore unanimously agreed to recommend that the knighthood be revoked.