Grenada Broadcasting Network

18th August 2022

  

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Another phase of the Marketing and National Importing Board investigation has begun.

A statement from the integrity commission says through the inquiry stage in camera and closed door sessions will be held.

Prior to this, interviews were conducted with government ministers, MNIB past and present board members, farmers and finance ministry officials.

It spans the period 2014-2018 and comes against the backdrop of recent revelations about the possible inappropriate use of MNIB funds.

Attorney representing the interest of the Integrity Commission, Ruggles Ferguson says the inquiry will not be open to the public.

Prior to the inquiry, more than 20 persons were interviewed.

However during this investigation stage, they may not all be re-called.

In June of this year, The High Court ruled that the Integrity Commission acted in accordance with the law when it started its inquiry into the allegation of financial wrongdoing at the Marketing and National Importing Board (MNIB).

This follows a challenge, by former MNIB chief executive officer, Ruel Edwards, over the decision of the Commission in Court claiming that it had no right to conduct an inquiry without a written complaint.

In his ruling, Justice Godfrey Smith noted that it is undisputed that the investigation by the Commission was not triggered by any complaint made to the Commission but initiated by the independent organization itself.

Ferguson says an appeal to this ruling, is still before the court.

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