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Arson destroyed Nevis financial complex, report reveals
Published on May 10, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Nevis Premier Vance Amory (L) inspecting the fire damage

By Caribbean News Now contributor

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis -- Nevis Premier Vance Amory, in a national address on Thursday evening, revealed that a report into the fire that destroyed the Nevis Financial Complex earlier this year found that arson was clearly the cause of the January 17 blaze.

According to the findings of Canadian fire investigator Robert Riches, “Two incendiary devices were used. The devices were petroleum based. These devices entered the structure through a maintenance opening on the west side of the building. Both devices landed on the false ceiling. One device landed towards the southwest corner of the Treasury office, the second landed approximately three feet from the front door on the north side of the Treasury office. The devices ignited thus starting the fire.”

The report further stated, “After completing this comprehensive forensic fire re-construction and analysis, it is the opinion of the investigators that this was not a random act of mischief but rather a well-developed and orchestrated plan of mayhem. We are of the opinion that a well thought out plan of attack was made at the heart of the government and people of Nevis.”

Amory also labeled the fire as an attack on the people of Nevis.

Premier Vance Amory
He stated, “My fellow citizens and residents, these findings speak for themselves. I wish to use this address to appeal to our people to set aside any divisive and dangerous track upon which we have embarked. Whoever orchestrated this criminal assault, launched an attack not only on this Administration but also on the workers in these departments, the persons who could not receive their pensions and other subsistence, the business community who could not transact business with the Administration.

“This was an attack on all the people of Nevis and I think I made that very clear on the morning after the fire.

“I have given instructions that the forensic report be passed to the police in Nevis, in the fervent hope that the perpetrators of this heinous crime against the government and people of Nevis can be caught and brought to justice.

“I call on all the people not to engage in any finger pointing and speculation but rather to assist the Police with actionable information, so that we can bring that person or those persons involved to justice.”

The premier indicated that the report has been forwarded to [Assistant Commissioner of Police] Robert Liburd who is the officer in charge on Nevis and follow-up investigations will be carried out.
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Calvin Hodge Lake:

Yes, I agree with the Prime Minister, 'No Finger Pointing.' This is why many of us still in mental slavery. Why destroy your economy by attacking the fnancial sector of a small island with little population. How can we grow when we are destroying our own property. I am a Nevisian outside of Nevis looking in on the inside. Whoever you are, you are not going to destroy my island, my paradise to return to. I will make sure of that. The people who hate taxes, was not a good reason for burning down your own property. You are not only burning the building, but you are burning me. whoever you are should live in America, you will really know what taxes are really about. The island must find means to generate revenue for the good of the island and its people. I will be contributing funding to the government to help rebuild our bread and butter economy. Taxes made America to become a great country. I would also like to find the person who burned down the building, and we will! because loose lips sink ships!

Peter Binose:

Usually such a fire is set by someone in the ruling party that wants to destroy records, before records destroy them.

Watch most carefully for any regime member who unequivocally blames the opposition or someone else. They may well be the prime suspect.

Setting this type of fire is older than financial history itself. Its happened in Saint Vincent as well.

See Fire in Prime Ministers Office building in St. Vincent.
[fire broke out on Saturday in the Finance Complex, the building that house the Office of the Prime Minister]

Isn’t it quite amazing that whenever these fires happen its always in the ministry of finance or some accounting department holding financial records.


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