On 25 January, the Guardian carried an article saying that the British Lieutenant-Governor for the BVI has said that he accused the BVI government of overseeing a “plague” of corruption, interfering in the criminal justice system and attempting to silence anyone who raised concerns about the misuse of funds, including £30 million to help the islands’ fight against the coronavirus pandemic. He claimed that the BVI government had deliberately delayed legal reforms and hindered local inquiries into a string of corruption allegations. The allegations will now be examined in a commission of inquiry, a formal process overseen by a British High Court judge. The surprise move has plunged the BVI into a constitutional crisis.
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