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Plp: Prove 'Dirty Money' Claim

By CHESTER ROBARDS Tribune Senior Reporter crobards@tribunemedia.net PROGRESSIVE Liberal Party deputy leader Philip "Brave" Davis challenged Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to reveal where the PLP's alleged "dirty money" is coming from. Davis said Mr Ingraham has suggested that the PLP has been receiving campaign funding through unscrupulous sources. During his address at the opening of his party's Southern Shores constituency office he asked the Prime Minister to directly name these sources. "I don't know what he means when he says that the PLP is getting dirty money," he said. "Who we getting dirty money from and when?" Davis mentioned Victor Kozeny, suggesting that he was one of the men Mr Ingraham fingered as one of the PLP's campaign donors. Mr Kozeny, 46, was wanted by US authorities to face charges of bribery and money laundering. He is accused of being the driving force behind a multi-million dollar bribery scheme which sought to corrupt Azerbaijan officials in the early 90s. US officials allege that Kozeny bribed senior government officials of the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan with millions of dollars in an effort to gain an unfair advantage during the privatisation of the state-owned oil company SOCAR. Mr Davis suggested that Mr Kozeny may even be a campaign financier of the Free National Movement, through another of the FNM's alleged fundraisers. "And did he not raise in the past at least 1.3 million dollars for your election efforts? "Check the records. For the record, Victor Kozeny has never donated one cent to the PLP or any of its candidates," he said. Mr Davis also hit out at the FNM's alleged spending. "Don't forget how they spent almost $300,000 to build a bathroom at Saunders Beach," he said. "Yet students in Cat Island and Crooked Island cannot get repairs done to their classrooms." He also touted his party's Southern Shore's candidate Kenred Dorsett as a top candidate for the constituency, calling him a good man. "He is the right man to put Southern Shores back on track," said Mr Davis.

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