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BERMUDA’S EX-TOURISM MINISTER ZANE DeSILVA ON TRIAL ACCUSED OF “CHARITY” DECEPTION

Zane DeSilva


October 11, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |

Former tourism minister Zane DeSilva has gone to trial in Bermuda with his daughter and an associate accused of providing untrue information to an official at the Ministry of National Security regarding a charity dinner.

Desilva, 63, now a government backbencher, daughter and business partner in Zarabi Entertainment, which hosted the dinner, have denied the charges.  The charge added that there was an intention to cause the public officer to do something that would not otherwise do “namely that they provided a letter stating that an event would be a charity fundraising dinner in order to be granted exemption to hold a large-group gathering under the Public Health, COVID-19.

Former National Security Minister Wayne Caines told the Supreme Court that there was no “rulebook” for the early months of the pandemic and agreed that events were considered for exemption from large group limits if they were for charity.

The court was told that permission for the event on July 3, 2020 was issued by Caines in his ministerial role.  Caines and DeSilva left the cabinet after they accepted an “invitation to resign” from Premier David Burt just days after the dinner.  The trial continues.

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