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Editorial: Nygard Not Only One Facing Accusations

THE long arm of the law doesn’t seem so long in The Bahamas.

With the case of Peter Nygard in the headlines once more, following his arrest in Canada and indictment in New York, the question was raised again as to what the authorities here have done to investigate his crimes.

Police Commissioner Paul Rolle gave his answer yesterday. He said: “We dispatched officers to his residence and on arrival, we were informed that he had left and we met persons loading all of his belongings into shipping containers.

“We made contact with Nygard and he refused to return and surrender to The Bahamas and that’s the last of it so as far as we know, he’s never been interviewed by local police and all of our complaints that came in, came in after he left.”

Is that it? Knock on his door, get told he’s not around then get in touch to ask him if he’s coming back and get told no? That’s the sum total of the investigation, is it?

Commissioner Rolle said he would not discuss the matter further because the matter is “sub judice” – that is, it is before the courts. But Mr Nygard has not been arrested in The Bahamas so in law there are no active legal proceedings - therefore, no sub judice. What happens in a foreign country - the United States or Canada - has no bearing in law on what happens here and vice versa.

And what else have the police here done? Did they approach the police in Canada to try and speak to Canada? Did they approach the FBI which raided Nygard’s offices in the US? Has the police attempted to liaise with any international agencies to ensure Mr Nygard could be quizzed about the accusations? And if not, why not?

More to the point, there are a number of other allegations involving people right here in The Bahamas – the police officers and politically-connected figures who it has been alleged were involved in helping to silence accusations against Mr Nygard or otherwise enable the network he is accused of setting up to snare his victims. What about those people? Have officers knocked on those doors yet?

Commissioner Rolle says the police force has not received any official complaints of “complicity” between local officers and Mr Nygard.

The lawyer representing women included in a New York civil action against Mr Nygard yesterday said he hoped inquiries here would continue, saying “justice delayed is justice denied” and adding: “We would think it’s doubly important for the Bahamian authorities to address the allegations of government corruption as well.”

We would agree. Whether Mr Nygard stands in a Bahamas court to face charges or not, those around Mr Nygard must be investigated thoroughly.

Here in The Bahamas, he is accused of raping women and under-age girls, and using his associates to both find his victims and cover his tracks afterwards. If we do not treat that as a matter of national concern, then it is a matter of national shame. If these crimes did indeed take place as has been detailed, then Mr Nygard is not the only one to hold to account. Knocking on one door is far from enough.

Welcome back, Baha Mar

Just as we celebrated the reopening of Atlantis, so too do we celebrate the reopening of Baha Mar yesterday.

The Grand Hyatt is the first hotel back in the Baha Mar complex, with 1,800 rooms open and staff getting back to work after 7,000 COVID-19 tests were administered by Baha Mar.

The first guests came through the door yesterday and yesterday resort president outlined one more precaution – with guests taking a rapid test on arrival and remaining isolated in their rooms for 30 minutes while awaiting their results.

It has been a hard road to get here – not least of all for those workers waiting to get back to their jobs. One such employee told The Tribune yesterday of the struggle, saying “it was a strain for me, but I kept it together”.

There are others still undergoing that strain, let us not forget. So as Christmas approaches, let us remember to keep following the safety measures we all know by now – so that more staff can get back to work, and we don’t have to go through such a big shutdown again.

The end is not here yet – but it is in sight.

Comments

TalRussell 1 month, 1 week ago

Redcoats party even lies about candidates' campaign donations, Comrade Nygard, says whom? Remember whom was the bearer gift them free fishies? Shakehead a quick once for upyeahvote, a slow twice for not?

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pileit 1 month, 1 week ago

Why do you insist on smearing this jibberish amongst sensible discussion?

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SP 1 month, 1 week ago

The Editor seems surprised that laws in the Bahamas only apply to poor black people or that the police cannot be trusted!

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Porcupine 1 month, 1 week ago

National shame only to those outside The Bahamas. Par for the course here, day in and day out.

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ThisIsOurs 1 month, 1 week ago

"let us remember to keep following the safety measures we all know by now – so that more staff can get back to work"

China they say is back to normal BECAUSE they are being VERY CAREFUL about who they let into the country. Can we PLEEAAASSSE stop this farce about us "behaving" to control the virus? As long as we let any and everybody in from the country with the highest rate of infection, cases will spike. Everybody could walk around in a bubble for Christmas dinner and cases will still spike. Yes we realize China is not dependent on tourism. that fact does not prevent us from acknowledging that non Bahamian TOURISTS will bring the virus and result in increased infection rates. If we had acknowledged that Lyford Cay second home owners could bring the virus, they wouldn't have had an infection cluster in that community.

It will be no surprise when one of these hotels has to shut down with 50 or more cases. And guess what will happen? They will then have the stigma of the cruise ship industry because someone chose to ignore how the virus is really being spread.

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DWW 1 month, 1 week ago

through AC duct from one room to the next

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JokeyJack 1 month, 1 week ago

How many Lyford Cary home owners have died? Could it be ZERO? Could it be much ado about nothing?

Why won't anybody report on WHY this Covid problem is not a big problem in Africa? Why not Africa? You would expect it to be a big problem there - but it is not. Why? Of course, we can't report why because then we would lose our medical license.

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ThisIsOurs 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Actually about 3 weeks ago I posted some points on why they believe it's not a big deal in Africa. It's somewhat equivalent to why it was better handled in Asia. They've done it before. They know the protocols to follow for infectious diseases. What could be worse than Ebola?

As to Lyford Cay residents not dying... that's not the point. ... well it's part of the point... The other part is who will you kill with your carelessness

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John 1 month, 1 week ago

Michael Jackson is suing HBO for $290 Million after they released a documentary that continues to smear his name. Two of the people have been sued or sued Jackson while he was alive and the court ruled against them. One was a former maid who owes the Jackson estate millions for breeches which includes stealing from the Jackson Estate.

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John 1 month, 1 week ago

Tribune please do your research’ The age of consent in Brazil is 14, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, with a judicial precedent showing that a close-in-age exception that allows those aged 12 and 13 to engage in sexual activity with partners who are 5 years older or less is legal, although not constitutionally formalized.[1] The age at which there are no restrictions for sexual activities is 18. In any case, only individuals aged 18 or older can be legally charged, as this is the Brazilian age of criminal responsibility according to the Constitution of Brazil.[2]’ Disgusting but legal

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