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Sandals helping with probe

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Sandals helping with probe

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica-based Sandals Resorts International has confirmed that it is assisting international investigators probing the activities of the former government in the Turks and Caicos Island.
Dimitri Singh, the general counsel for Sandals, said in a statement that the “international authorities have been conducting an ongoing investigation in the Turks and Caicos Islands concerning activities connected to the Islands’ former governing administration”.
Sandals Resorts International operates a property in British Overseas Territory and Singh said it has “ has voluntarily agreed to co-operate with this ongoing investigation and as a result also launched its own internal investigation.
“In the course of our internal investigation, various unauthorised transactions were discovered which have been linked to a former senior officer of Sandals Resorts who was also closely associated with the governing Turks and Caicos administration at the time. This information has been turned over to the relevant authorities,’ he said.
The attorney said that the hotel Sandals Resorts International is “satisfied with the progress of the investigation thus far and are committed to co-operating with the authorities as required”
Singh said that the ongoing international investigations are not linked to an investigation involving another former director of the hotel, noting that this particular matter “is in the hands of investigative authorities and we are therefore constrained in making any further comments at this time”.
In August 2009, the United Kingdom disbanded the local government and suspended the Turks and Caicos Islands legislature after a Commission of Inquiry found widespread corruption under the watch of former premier Michael Misick.
At the time, officials in London said the return of direct rule would be in place for at least two years and  Governor Gordon Wetherell has confirmed that the people can expect a return of a locally elected government by this year.
Wetherell said systems were being put in place to hold elections by July 2011. (CMC)