December 15, 2020
The Free National Movement (FNM) issued the following statement regarding the troubling indictment of Peter Nygard, a top PLP donor:
“The PLP’s troubling silence to allegations regarding Peter Nygard sends a chilling message to all the young girls allegedly victimized by Nygard. Today’s indictment on ‘sex-trafficking, racketeering and other crimes involving dozens of women, some of them underage’, by prosecutors in the United States reads like a horror story to any parent with young daughters.
“The fact that Nygard was a chief financier to the PLP makes this all the more appalling and frightening. The indictment accused the PLP’s top moneyman of ‘a decades-long pattern of criminal conduct’ spread across three countries, including The Bahamas. The New York Times reported the prosecutors said Nygard used the influence of his company and some employees to recruit and maintain adult and minor-aged female victims over a 25-year period and that some of the women came from disadvantaged economic backgrounds and, in some cases, had a history of abuse.
“These alleged victims deserve justice. Hopefully, this case will be a step in that direction. The Bahamian people deserve leaders who will go after monsters who prey on our children. Simply being a top donor to a political party should not make anyone above the law. It is widely known that Nygard, a foreigner billionaire, was a top moneyman to the PLP’s League of Corruption before the law caught up with him.
“In light of this stunning indictment and Nygard’s extensive donations to their party, Philip Brave Davis and his PLP have a moral obligation to publicly address all their connections to Nygard and join the rest of the country in calling for justice to prevail for the innocent Bahamian victims the fashion designer allegedly preyed on.
“The FNM has been vocal for years in its criticism of Nygard and the air of impunity that surrounded him while the PLP last held power. Bahamians deserve to know their leaders will stand up for them and never turn a blind eye to allegations such as those in today’s indictment. They know the FNM will stand up for them, but sadly they are left wondering whether they can trust Davis’ PLP to do the same. Their silence on this matter is chilling.”