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BERMUDA | Police seize records from offices of former Premier

  • Written by CMC
  • Published in Justice
Featured Former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown Former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Feb 13, CMC – The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) says it has seized a number of records while conducting a joint operation over the weekend against the business interests of former premier Dr Ewart Brown.

According to a spokesman, officers from the BPS’ Organised and Economic Crime Department executed search warrants at two medical offices on Saturday in connection with an ongoing investigation.

Brown was off the island at the time.

“The timing of the warrants was intended to minimise the impact on the businesses and their clients,” he added.

“A number of records were seized during the searches. Significant steps have been taken to protect the confidential nature of the information and to ensure that patient safety is not jeopardised in any way.”

The spokesman said in a statement that no further information would be given as the matter remained “an open and active investigation”.

Brown, 70, was Premier of Bermuda from 2006 to 2010 during the Progressive Labour Party’s (PLP) 14 years in power, which ended when it lost the 2012 general election to the One Bermuda Alliance (OBA).

Brown has been at the centre of a five-year police investigation into claims of corruption, costing more than US$2.5 million of public funds.

The BPS statement came after eight police officers arrived at the Brown-Darrell Clinic in Smith’s parish on Saturday afternoon with a warrant to search the property.

Police gained access by breaking a window and forcing open the front door of the clinic, with a police car and van were in the car park, with officers in uniform standing on guard and others in plain clothes moving around the property, where they remained for the rest of the day and through the night.

A similar police presence has been at Bermuda Healthcare Services in Paget parish, where uniformed police and several plainclothes officers were on location.

The Royal Gazette newspaper reported that on Saturday veteran PLP MP Derrick Burgess briefly visited the Brown-Darrell Clinic and, in demanding access to the property, told police officers that no crime had been committed.

Both facilities were taped off and officers remained at both scenes early on Sunday.

One of Brown’s staff, Dr Mahesh Reddy, was arrested last May by detectives understood to be investigating allegations that he ordered MRI and CT scans to be carried out at Bermuda Healthcare Services for his patients when they did not need them and then billed insurance companies for the procedures.

  • Countries: Bermuda