TIME TO LOCK UP VOTE BUYERS

Submitted by David Comissiong, President, Clement Payne Movement

“Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and the senior officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force should be putting together a number of motorized flying squads”

The exchange of hundred dollar bills for votes has now become a standard practice in Barbadian general elections, and if this corrupt practice is not brought to an end it will eventually totally destroy the public or civic life of our nation!

Over the past two General Elections (2008 and 2013) a distinct practice has emerged in which politicians and their henchmen descend upon working-class communities and seek to bribe electors – particularly young men and women – with hundred dollar bills.

This corrupt practice has resulted in thousands of young Barbadians forming the impression that many, if not most, politicians – including some men and women who get elected to Parliament and some of those who go on to hold ministerial office – are no more than tawdry hustlers and con-men!

In other words, the people of our country are rapidly losing respect for the men and women who are supposed to be their national leaders. And when a critical mass of a population lose respect for the men , women and institutions that are supposed to provide national leadership, the nation is lost!

Furthermore, the vile practice of vote buying is gradually and sedulously stripping many of our youth of their idealism and moral values, and is also threatening to subvert the integrity of our electoral system , and by extension, our entire system of governance.

And so, the prevention of vote buying must now be viewed as a national priority!

Barbados does have an Election Offences And Controversies Act (Chapter 3 of the Laws of Barbados), which proscribes vote buying and deems it to be a “corrupt practice”. Indeed, Section 6 of the Election Offences and Controversies Act provides as follows : –

    1) A person is guilty of a corrupt practice who is guilty of bribery.

(2) A person is guilty of bribery who, directly or indirectly, by himself or by any other person on his behalf

(a) gives any money….. to any elector or to…any other person on behalf of any elector…in order to induce any elector to vote or refrain from voting ;

(5) Any elector is guilty of bribery who, before or during an election, directly or indirectly by himself or by any       other person on his behalf, receives, agrees to receive, or contracts for any money, gift, loan, or valuable consideration…for voting or agreeing to vote or for refraining or agreeing to refrain from voting

So, according to the Election Offences and Controversies Act both the buyer of the vote and the seller of the vote are guilty of having committed a “corrupt practice”.

Section 27 (1) of the Election Offences and Controversies Act then goes on to provide that ” a person guilty of a corrupt practice, other than personation, is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for six months or to a fine of five hundred dollars or both”.

Commission of the corrupt practice of “bribery” also has consequences for the election candidate who instigated and profited from it. The Act stipulates that such a candidate may have votes taken away from his tally, and – in certain circumstances – may  be deprived of a seat that he “won”.

Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith and the senior officers of the Royal Barbados Police Force should be putting together a number of motorized “flying squads” in marked and unmarked Police vehicles to carry out rapid anti-vote buying surveillance missions in all relevant communities during the last week of campaigning and on Polling Day in particular.

It is time that we lock up a few of these vote buyers !

124 comments

  • NorthernObserver January 21, 2018 at 2:46 PM #

    From what I see from afar, Santia Bradshaw is one of the most dignified members of parliament we have. I see her as a future prime minister. Silly T-shirts do not diminish this; especially in a political culture in which people routinely talk about yardfowls, jack asses, and other expletives which should be repeated on a Sunday.
    What I find sad is that a generation that is formally better educated than its parents’ and grand parents’ generations, the foul language of politics is still the same. Let us clean up our acts and respect each other.

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  • @HA
    my concern was not about Ms Bradshaw or the language.
    It is about Leadership.

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  • Where has your concern been for 10 long years?

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  • Hal Austin January 21, 2018 at 1:34 PM #

    Are James Comey and Robert Mueller men of greater professional integrity than criminal justice officials in Barbados, or does personal and party loyalty and friendship outweigh everything else in Barbados?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Corruption can thrive in any society regardless of its progress.

    It is the rank and file people who decide if it is tolerable or if it needs to be rooted out.

    They decide if the country is worth saving or not.

    The best that can be done by individuals with a keen understanding of what goes on is to highlight it and never cease highlighting it.

    In a way that is what Trump did … harp on election fraud and call on the electorate to be vigilant.

    Let nature take its course.

    God puts who He wants to be rulers as GP reminds us again and again.

    So, yes, our country can be saved!!

    … and Comey and Mueller over in the US … they too shall pass!!

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  • I have to apologise to DC for likening him to Trump but whatever it was he did ,,, worked in the US!!

    If it works, use it!!

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  • Barbados Underworld Whistleblower

    @ Commisong

    You are wasting your time even though I support you 100%.

    It is a KNOWN fact more than 50% of Barbados Police including Senior management/Detectives are engaged in some criminal activity:

    Drug dealing including shielding the Drug Lords who are all well know on the small island operate openly with impunity

    Human Trafficking of Regional Prostitutes including aiding and abetting ALL Strip Clubs current owners

    Rape including Statutory

    Fraud including writing bad checks this include Gold teeth Pastor Mark White Head of Fraud Squad

    Blackmail

    Planting of Evidence

    Falsifying Court Disclosure Documents

    Deliberate misplacement of Court files

    Accepting of Bribes

    Theft

    I could continue however it gives a true picture of why the Police has turned a blind eye aided by many Politician Lawyers who are criminals themselves.

    Barbados the small island criminal capital of the world from top to bottom.

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  • NorthernObserver January 21, 2018 at 3:06 PM #

    my concern was not about Ms Bradshaw or the language.(Quote)

    The problem is not even the two silly boys trying to promote their vulgar T-shirts. The fundamental problem is our political culture. We must change and learn to respect each other. With a coming general election it is going to get worse before it gets better.
    By the way, just look at the vulgarity, obscenity, threats of violence, aggression, outright lies, smears, and worse of regular contributors to BU, which goes without any comment.
    I am not a prude, I grew up in rum shops, but the world has changed – apparently with the exception of Barbados.
    .

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  • Bernard Codrington

    What percentage of voters actually receive bribes? Are they significant enough to change the outcomes of elections in Barbados?
    If they are significant, what does it say about our political and socialization processes?
    Are we addressing the real and important issues?
    I find that we,as a people, tend to address issues of little significance as they relate to stated objectives.
    Human beings will be irrational and driven by emotions. We tend to believe that they are always rational.
    Perhaps those offering themselves for public office should be screened for their integrity by the Party Executives. Just another Utopian idea.!!!!

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  • Northern

    Leadership? Everyday it becomes obvious that for some reason Mia is held to a higher standard? Do you believe that portraying the Opposition Leader as practising law fraudulently is moral? What about all the other nastiness about the woman?

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  • i have no diffculty with the message and calls for corrective action however i do have a problem with the one delivering the message who from all points and concern never blinks any eye farther less call for any form of corrective measures by way of reform when the dictatorship of govts he supports denies their people a moral right and obligation to a free elections ,
    Yet Comissiongs relishes the ideologies of democratic laws to which he can avail self at free will to whip up frenzy among his supports for actions in a democracy he decries
    Where is Commisiong voice to be heard or articles to be seen among the Venezuelan people who dare to speak freely against bribers and corruption in venezuela

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  • Santia Bradshaw was caught with her hand in the cookie jar holding the evidence now she wants all and sundry to believe she does not know what a cookie looks like . LOL

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  • For those who might be at lost (BLP yard fowls ) specifically in reference to Santia Bradshaw check Barbados today where all the action highlight her hignorance with the caption title “THE BLP CIRCUS HAS COME TO TOWN”
    BTW that photo would make a greatttttt political poster PDYR where are you? time to dust off that canvas board

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  • I was watching a documentary which showed a petrie dish full bacteria and when one drop of crocodile blood was dropped in the dish the bacteria moved away or died . this I believe is what allowed the politicians to swim in the shit at worthing an come out unscathed ergo eel blood and crocodile blood are the same

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    John Liesalot…dont start.

    Ha, Ha, fraud Austin….have your former employers contacted you yet about the fraud you tried on me, they do have your emails and mine, as well as ya letter to Lloyds and their reply you posted to BU.

    I did make a complaint about you misleading me, by misusing their computers, or trying to trick me anyway, which failed anyway, they got the proof…so dont you start either.

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  • Well well what?

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Enuff….popular opinion is if the ministers, opposition, white collar criminals were not all so entangled with this Williams dude to take down the blogs…they would not now be so embarassed by the same Williams dude……with his liars, thieves, whores tee shirts.

    Lol

    Wuh ya tink?

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  • Talking Loud Saying Nothing

    @ Hal Austin January 20, 2018 at 5:37 PM,

    I prefer to take a more pragmatic stance with regard to this issue. Yes, we have statutes and laws, however they are merely words printed on paper: to be followed or ignored. Well, that’s how our government views the laws of our country. The Hyatt hotel case springs to mind.

    When a so-called “democratic” political system utterly fails her citizens – as is the case in Barbados – should not the army intervene and restore order to a corrupt political landscape.

    Hal, i argue from the basis that i have no desire to see my fellow Bajans becoming tomorrows refugees. What is the saying “a stitch in time saves….”

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  • David

    OK. If there is even a ray of hope we would be on board. But history tells us not to be too hopeful. Hope for the best but expect the worst.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Fractured and ac yardfowls…no one has told me yet who the whores are, can yall tell me?

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  • @Enuff
    Everyday it becomes obvious that for some reason Mia is held to a higher standard?
    ++++++++++
    Isn’t what this is all about? If the politicians hoping to replace the Gov’t are not being held to higher standards then everyone should just stay home and close their shutters. “Northern” has been relentless in his criticism of the PM and the Gov’t Ministers especially their handling of fiscal matters. He utters a minor criticism about Mia and the knives come out.

    Welcome to the new boss, same as the old boss.

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  • Barbados Underworld Whistleblower

    The below was taken from Facebook a few minutes ago

    Patrick King
    4 hrs ·

    I have 20 sworn affidavits on six government ministers in Barbados, i intend to expose these government ministers when ever the elections are called. These minister are involved in stealing taxpayers money.

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  • Only six?

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  • With the coming of the Silly Season you will be witnessing both B and D propaganda to see who will be able to fool the voting public. The issue of the manholes emitting sewage in the street and a few days of non-activity gave comfort, but alas, tonight I pass the area and the manhole spewing sewage in the road in front of the Worthing Gas Station, the Bank and Massy. I am saying it without prejudice that a sewage system built with “x” capacity will eventually become problematic. Have you sit back and ask yourself how a massive hotel complex can be constructed with endless toilets, endless baths, endless sinks, endless washing machines, endless outside pipes, thousand of square feet of roofing with gutters leading to somewhere…. I presume all roads lead to the sewage system. Too much water for an under capacity system. We need to get this sewage off the roads and stop the wedge that piercing our tourism industry. Two five storied buildings for the BWA and Sanitation Services. Those two building could have housed numerous ministries and reduce the high rents being paid out monthly. T-shirts is just a distraction.

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  • Today is a start David Comissiong, your clarion call to discus the issue of vote buying reached the callin program today. It must be sustained.

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  • I fully intend to pursue it David, including with the Commissioner of Police.

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  • Be relentless if you believe in what you are doing!!

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    https://www.barbadostoday.bb/2018/01/22/beware-of-credit-rating-agencies-warns-mp-james-paul/

    Onky way for the simple minded voters who believe in politicians and sell their votes to understand the damage they are doing to themselves and the country.

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  • Well Well & Cut N' Paste At Your Service

    Sorry…wrong link.

    “Time to lock up vote buyers, Comissiong says
    Added by Sandy Deane on January 22, 2018.
    Saved under Local News
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    President of the Clement Payne Movement David Comissiong has urged authorities to make the prevention of vote buying a national priority ahead of upcoming general elections.

    In fact, he is challenging the island’s two main political parties – the Democratic Labour Party and the Barbados Labour Party to immediately introduce a bill in Parliament to amend the Election Offences and Controversies Act to address the vexing issue.

    In a strong statement, the social activist warned that “the exchange of hundred dollar bills for votes” had become a standard practice in general elections in Barbados and across the region and if the practice was not brought to an end, it would eventually “totally destroy the public or civic life of our nations.”

    Comissiong, an attorney at law, pointed out that under the Election Offences and Controversies Act (Chapter 3 of the Laws of Barbados) both the buyer of the vote and the seller of the vote are guilty of having committed a “corrupt practice”.

    He however expressed concern that the Act fails to stipulate that offenders are to be fined or imprisoned – except in the very limited and restricted case of persons who indulge in activity on the public road or in a public place, on Election Day (during the hours that the poll is open), and within 100 yards of a polling station.”

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ David Comissiong January 22, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Excellent!

    ‘To whom much is given much is expected’.

    Your dad Vivian is proud of you as he looks down on his son David and says:
    ‘There goes my beloved son in whom I am most pleased’.

    Many of us will be glad to support you in this extremely worthy cause in trying to save the moral souls of black Barbadians who are about to sell their political integrity for a mess of material pottage.

    May Light Perpetual shine on your dad’s spirit as his mortal remains lie interred in the Methodist Churchyard on Bay Street.

    To quote one of your father’s favourite passage from the Bible

    “Not everyone who says to me Lord Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the Will of my father who is in Heaven”

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  • Miller
    From whence does he ‘look’ down?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Pachamama January 22, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Figuratively speaking, of course!

    You must admit that some men and women can interpret religion in its ‘purest form’ and take parables like the Good Samaritan as a principle according to which they must try to live their lives.

    Saint Francis of Assisi springs readily to mind.

    And it is these paragons of the good side of homo sapiens we should appreciate in the eternal battle of yin yang or light versus darkness or good (god) versus evil (devil).

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  • Politickin' Pearlie

    Wuh loss! My man Freundel got wunna too good. Miss Maguffy say she bonging and start a campaign before de bell even ring cos she power hungry. And all she do is start with the big lotta foul ups bleeps and blunders already. Murder!

    Somebody call me this morning and axe me if I see de picture with Santa P Bradshaw hugging up de two BLP monkey men wearing tight bodices wid a big bull cow pon de front. And in de picture de nedder BLP man up behind dem, round de back skylarking and skinning he teets like he down Kadooment. All a dem know good enough why dem does call women whores.

    And somebody send me dis one hay too from one a de papers. Um too sweet, especially de part bout de las bus! Ah gone!

    Greengiant
    January 21, 2018 at 8:07 am
    The relation of those wearing the tee shirts, those rubber stamping the wearing of the shirts and the tee shirts themselves are the hall mark of the BLP.

    Between 1976 and 2018 I have heard and seen some of the most disrespectful, gutter related, and lower leveled remarks, slogans, and comments made by generations of BLP candidates and members of the party.

    Bradshaw and Abrahams are both young attorneys. Intelligent people who knew exactly what they were doing when they posed for those pictures. The heat of the moment. Yes. A moment of political madness? Yes.

    There is however an association between the daughter of a former BLP Member of parliament (Bradshaw), and the sons of a former BLP Cabinet member (Williams). We have to ask the question. Are these two Williams brothers members of any party branches? Are they associated in any way with the B L P campaign? Are they contracted to provide any services to the party?

    Its fine for the apologies to come from the candidates, and later from the party’s General Secretary, but the campaign has started according to the opposition leader. “I’m not waiting on Stuart to call the election, the B L P is in campaign mode”.

    So Mr. Payne (Chairman) let me see the constitution of the party applied to these two young men, or the candidates if they have violated any party guidelines. I have the facts as to who these young men are, the association with the party both personally, and professionally. If no one clears the air, I will when the government dissolves parliament, and announces the official campaign started.

    The opposition has never declared a political campaign started within the Commonwealth of nations. I know of and fully understand the fear, desperation, and urgency with which the opposition leader is moving. This is her last bus out of Roebuck Street, if she misses this one she has to walk all the way home. The additional challenge for her is that she’s made so many enemies over the years, that some, even within her closest circle can’t be trusted by her. Talk about bayonets, daggers, pen knives and razors drawn to cut any votes that would enhance the candidates who support her? The game plan is that even if the B L P does win the election, she must not find enough support within the parliamentary group to become Prime Minister.

    We wait, watch, and imagine the calamity to take place in Roebuck Street.

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  • Observers noted that the DLP held a political meeting at LT Gay primary yesterday. The fact is both sides have signaled by decisions taken that they are gearing up. We can even take the decision by the DLP to name their final candidates. Todd the lamb to the slaughter in NE, Kim Tudor another etc.

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  • Politickin' Pearlie

    David BU. You know de difference between a constituency branch meeting and a political mass meeting?

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Politickin’ Pearlie January 22, 2018 at 3:08 PM
    “Somebody call me this morning and axe me if I see de picture with Santa P Bradshaw hugging up de two BLP monkey men wearing tight bodices wid a big bull cow pon de front. And in de picture de nedder BLP man up behind dem, round de back skylarking and skinning he teets like he down Kadooment. All a dem know good enough why dem does call women whores.
    And somebody send me dis one hay too from one a de papers. Um too sweet, especially de part bout de las bus! Ah gone!”

    Politickin, Politically Prostituting Pissy Pearlie, why are you upset about a little photo opp which describes exactly what your stinking nasty shitty lying administration is portraying to the ‘tired’ people of Barbados who have had to watch over the last 10 years their own country fall from a proud nation punching above its international weight to one that has been turned into a economically downgraded pariah and a pigpen cum shit toilet equivalent to the cesspool on George Street which has become a den of dirty liars and stinking thieves after the death of EWB?

    Now if you can tell -to the BU family the difference- between those photos and those taken with the well-known fraud tax evader leper Leroy Greenverbs the giant of bulling then we will hand you the upcoming elections on a platter of watery shite taken from the manholes oozing on the South coast.

    Ga long back to the south coast and have your ‘regular’ dinner, do!

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  • Politickin' Pearlie

    Milla, I rebuke you pon dis blessed bank holiday Monday in Epiphany! Leff me lone. Two minutes ago you did day preachin, now look you coming to buse me. You got in a demon! Get behind me Satan!

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  • Miss Pearlie this was a constituency meeting?

     

      Image may contain: 7 people, people smiling

      #pissinmuhpocketdo

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  • millertheanunnaki

    @ Politickin’ Pearlie January 22, 2018 at 3:41 PM

    You have met more than your shitty match, haven’t you?

    But we leave your ‘behind’ to your clan of closeted ‘botsy’ mechanics like Fumble, Shitty Sealy, Jonesing, and the twin hens of Stephen and Steven aka Stephanie and Stella.

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  • Politickin' Pearlie

    Murder, David BU ya soft man!

    Ya gone back to all in last year November to a meeting in a school. Lemme help ya out. Which party say it offiically kick off it election campaign? Which party holding open air mass meetings? Ya soft!

    You get so touchus already and elections aint even call yet. Ya paling cock! All ya gotta do is block me from BU again.

    #davidbuisbareboo

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  • You said the meeting at LT Gay was a constituency meeting and it was disproved.

    #dogdead.

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  • Politickin' Pearlie

    I never say nuffin so. I axe you a question and all now you still can’t answer. Ducking and That is wuh ya get cause ya powerful foolish and always jooking in ya long mout in everything just cause is you blog. Ya feel ya know everything but ya soft!

    #headaintbrain

    Ah gone!

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  • You asked this question when you were challenged about only BLP holding political meetings:

    David BU. You know de difference between a constituency branch meeting and a political mass meeting?

    The interpretation by anyone with average intelligence is that you meant the LT Gay meetng was a constituency meeting. The flyer was posted to show it was a political meetng.

    #licksinyuhass
    #jackboreman

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  • Well Well @ Cut and Paste @ Your Service

    this is what voters in any election are supposed to expect….

    The American people expect and deserve transparency when it comes to money spent to influence elections and those requirements are not optional no matter how embarrassing the reason behind the expense,” said Common Cause president Karen Hobert Flynn.

    as opposed to election candidates being bribed by minorities with thousands of dollars and in turn bribe voters with that same money…nothing can go right with that level of corruption…something had to give after decades of that criminality.

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  • Shiite…..

    Yuh mean after sending in their clowns, namely, Kevin, Carson C. Cadogan, Fucktured BLP, NationBLPnewspaper and the consortium of ac’s………to troll BU………

    ………….the DLP kun do nuh better than resorting to “Politickin’ Pearlie?”

    It harrows me with more wonder than fear.

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  • ME TOO Victim of Corrupt Barbados Police

    I watched the Police Planting EVIDENCE video on your blog and it was like having flashbacks all over again.

    It tells me that this has been occurring over and over gain because I too had a similar experience with the crooked Barbados Police Force.

    I was picked up on bogus charges because I refused to be blackmailed for $thousands. In custody I realised it was a setup as the Police officers
    told me they could release me if I paid them some money secretly and work with them in doing some crime. I refused and said that I would not be a part
    of any criminal scheme they had going on and that to either charge me or release me.

    They even refused many quests over several days for me to make contact with a lawyer.

    The planting of the evidence came when I discovered that they had planted drugs in my car as they had taken the car key from me when I was first brought into custody and kept for several days.

    After two days I was brought to my car and one of the several Detectives opened my car with the key and laying on the backseat was a duct tape wrapped bag which when opened there was a quantity of marijuana.

    I was asked if it was mine and I said it wasn’t and it was not there when I last used the car of which I was the sole driver.

    I was told to co=operate with them and everything would go away.

    I refused and was later charged. However I was able to beat the charge over a 4 year period when none of the Detectives appeared in Magistrates Court and no File ever submitted.

    That is why the video brought back so many memories of the wicked crooked Barbados Police force who would do anything to get anyone who refuses to work with them in their corrupt schemes using threats and corrupt practices.

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  • ME TOO Victim of Corrupt Barbados Police January 24, 2018 at 1:41 PM #

    With plea bargaining, they would have threatened you with spending the rest of your life in jail, or accepting a smaller charge and immediate release. The average person would opt for the minor charge. Plea bargaining may save money, but it is a tool for a corrupt criminal justice system.

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  • ME TOO Victim of Corrupt Barbados Police

    @ Hal Austin

    Barbados is a very corrupt island with many of the Police including Seniors and Detectives involved in criminal activities including aiding and abetting drug dealers.

    From my own experience there must be some innocent individuals in Dodds Prison who would have caved under pressure and the beatings/torture the corrupt Barbados police are known to give.

    There have been several beatings leading to deaths in BARBADOS Police custody and nary a word from the powers that be to stop injustice and deep corrupton.

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  • Underworld Whistleblower

    BIM is a nasty shithole to live in. Too many poor people and those who don’t go with the corrupt flow suffers.

    ANYONE can become targeted and setup.

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