West Basseterre MP Maynard calls for resignation of Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant and Culture Ambassador Jonel Powell.

Hon.Konris Maynard at a townhall meeting on the NextGen Tour.

Basseterre, St Kitts, November 21, 2019 – St Kitts and Nevis Member of Parliament, Hon Konris Maynard has called for the resignation of Minister of Tourism and International Trade, Hon Lindsay Grant and Ambassador of Youth, Sports and Culture, Jonel Powell, following a High Court judgment in a breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to account or misappropriation of US$460,000 (EC$1.2 million) belonging to a client.
According to High Court documents, on December 22, 2017, Tanzania Tobin Tanzi filed a claim against Grant and Powell, alleging breach of trust, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to account or misappropriation of US$460,000.
“The honourable thing to do in a situation like this, where this level is so high, because lawyers have a responsibility to ensure that when somebody gives them their money, that people can trust them to do what has to be done with their money,” said Maynard the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) Parliamentary Representative for St Christopher 3 (West Basseterre) on Freedom 106.5) FM Issues programme on Wednesday.
“The only appropriate thing for Lindsay Grant and Jonel Powell to do, especially Lindsay Grant, is to resign,” said Maynard, pointing out that “this is not the first check on Lindsay Grant.”
“We remember very vividly and saw with our own eyes  – and this was not hearsay – where he negotiated a bribe with a foreigner lands in St Kitts and Nevis. These are the things that give people cause as to why they should trust any particular politician. These are the things that give you a challenge that when you say something people are questioning whether or not they believe you,” said the first-term MP.
He noted that Grant and Powell have indicated their intention to appeal the October 28, 2019 judgment.
Tanzania Tobing Tanzil has claimed that the sum of US$460,000 was transferred to the bank accounts of Grant and Powell in May 2013, for the purchase of a condominium unit under the Citizenship By Investment Programme and to secure title for the property.
After hearings before a Master at various dates in 2018, the Court in February 2019, determined the terms of the default judgment and ordered Grant and Powell to pay damages. Grant and Powell filed for a stay of the order and a hearing was set for September 26, 2019 before Justice Eddy Ventose.
In his October 28, 2019 ruling Justice Ventose refused to set aside the default judgment and ordered that Tanzil and Grant and Powell to make submissions on the assessment of damages for a December 12, 2019 hearing.
Tanzil was represented by Sylvester Anthony, Angelina Gracey Sookoo Bobb and Renal Edwards.
Grant and Powell were represented by Brian Barnes of Daniel, Brantley & Associates.

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