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Falling short

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Falling short

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Contractor Al Barrack says he has received only $5 million of the $7.5 million he was promised by Government.

Barrack revealed he received the money as promised by the end of Monday, but the $2.5 million which he was supposed to get later this week was not there up to 4:30 p.m. yesterday near the end of the business day.

He was promised the sum as partial payment towards the more than $50 million owed in rent for Government’s use of the Warrens Office Complex.

That pledge came after Barrack had chained and padlocked the doors of the five-storey building around 6:22 on Monday morning, shutting out hundreds of workers who occupy it.

He claimed then that Government had not paid him a cent of the annual $10.4 million in rent since they started occupying the building in 2009 and were therefore squatting.

Barrack explained that he had to take the action because Government had failed to pay him just over $7 million, part of an agreed $13 million payment, of which $5.8 million is to be paid to his lawyers.

Please read the full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN, or in the eNATION edition.