September 17, 2021

Peter Binose: I am asking PM Ralph Gonsalves for an update on the HSBC Swiss bank account with US$19 million in his name.

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34By Peter Binose

Just in case the readers have forgotten two days before the General Elections of December 9 2015 in St Vincent, a document surfaced showing Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves as the holder of a Swiss HSBC account with US$19 million.

Well Gonsalves went into top gear and swiftly denied that document and said the content was false. The following statement was made by the ULP via a press release and the ULP party website.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 – 12:38PM Kingstown St Vincent:

“The Prime Minister of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, the Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves, has instructed the Office of the Attorney General to immediately contact the Government of the United States of America under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty to investigate a fraudulent bank document with an alleged bank account domiciled to an address in Brooklyn, NY USA”.

“He has further instructed the Commissioner of Police to open a criminal investigation into the fraudulent document locally, which includes any regional or international operatives currently working in St. Vincent & the Grenadines, as well as to immediately contact INTERPOL, the Regional Security System and the Joint Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre of IMPACS to assist in the investigation. He has also instructed the Commissioner of Police to alert the Director of Public Prosecution of these investigations”.

Remember that? Well I am asking what has happened since? Nothing, nada! I am still waiting for the report from such investigations. Remember this is a most serious matter and the Vincention people deserve that information to evaluate if their prime minister is a money laundering crook or not. It’s approaching 8 months and not a word, not a mention.

When the allegations arose Ralph E Gonsalves vehemently denied having anything to do with the account in his name at HSBC and he said it was not his money either. Claiming that the account did not exist.

It crossed my mind this morning perhaps someone had opened an account in his name and deposited US$19 million dollars in it out of political spite. The Unity Labor Party claimed to be holding their own internal investigation, what that means God only knows.

Still the findings of such investigation have not been revealed to the public. We still do not know more now than we knew then. Why is that?

I found it rather strange that Gonsalves declaration at the time that the people who had implicated him in what he called a fabrication of the US$19 million held in his name in HSBC Bank in Switzerland came from Saint Vincent, Grenada and Europe, how did he instantly know that.

The US authorities need to investigate if Ralph Gonsalves or any Member of his immediate family has a dwelling place in Brooklyn New York. They also need to investigate if US laws were broken by laundered money passing through HSBC in the US or any other New York or US Bank. That will give them reason to arrest any perpetrators that they can identify.

For the sake of the comrades good name we need to clear this matter up, we want answers, we demand answers. I am sure he would never do such a thing and I believe that someone deposited without his knowledge US$19 million dollars just to make him look bad. So let’s ask the US to help us clear the comrade’s name of such a nasty act.

Consider this, no one claims the Money in the HSBC Swiss account, the US19 million, so Gonsalves is forced to take it as his own. He would be most embarrassed to have to take it we can be quite sure of that. I am sure he would just hate that to happen being such an honest man.

Doesn’t it all sound like a Nigerian email scam offering a dib into a deceased person’s account who does not or has never existed?

Cooooooooooo! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Comrade it’s time for some more information.

Copy US State Department




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