PM BROWNE: Here is my response to Harold Lovell et al on their claim of political victimization

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The ABLP administration did not initiate any investigation, or influenced law enforcement in the bus litigation.

The information was discovered during a routine audit of the NY Mission.

Below is the information on the yellow school buses that were donated by the Government of South Korea to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda for the benefit of our school children.

Also, included is the evidence that the busses were shipped consigned to the Min of Foreign Affairs, which is the focal point for these diplomatic exchanges.

These are routine gifts extended to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda from the Government of South Korea since we achieved independence in 1981.

Korean officials cannot utilize their tax money to give personal gifts to individuals in any country. Neither can any official authorize the gifting of those assets of the receiving state to any private individual.

In addition, the use of these busses to transport constituents during political rallies and motorcades provided a political gain for these politicians.

Without the use of these busses, they would have incurred thousands of dollars in transportation costs, to rent busses, and other motor vehicles to transport their constituents.

Having deprived the school children of the use of these busses, there is definitely a case for restitution.

We will continue to watch the developments.

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