A respected bishop worked for company caught up in Panama Papers row

WikiThe late Bishop Solomon Humes

A respected Pentecostal bishop in the Bahamas was vice-president of the controversial fund run by UK Prime Minister David Cameron's father.

Panama Papers reveal the late Bishop Solomon Humes was among the Bahamas residents hired by Ian Cameron to run Blairmore Holdings. 

By hiring the Bahamas staff, including Bishop Humes, the offshore fund avoided ever having to pay tax in Britain, the Guardian reported.

Blairmore Holdings was named after the Cameron ancestral home in Aberdeenshire. It managed many millions of pounds for the wealthy.

Clients included Isidore Kerman, an adviser to Robert Maxwell and Leopold Joseph, a private bank used by the Rolling Stones.

The fund was founded in the early 1980s and according to the Guardian did not pay a penny of tax in the UK on its profits in 30 years.

Blairmore Holdings was incorporated in Panama but based in the Bahamas.

Up to 50 officers from the Caribbean were retained annually, in order to sign papers and take on roles such as treasurer and secretary. Humes, a bishop with the Church of God of Prophecy, held a number of roles including vice-president from the mid-1990s.

Humes, who died aged 63 in 2014, was an identical twin with his brother John. Both were as children confirmed into the Anglican church and later moved over to Pentecostalism, but joined different churches.

They also both became justices of the peace. But in their careers they differed. Solomon became an offshore banker while John became a meteorologist. Bishop Humes retired from his job in 2000 to become a full-time bishop.

Besides Blairmore, Humes held a number of other business positions, including President of SLH & Group Inc and director of Invincible Investments Inc and WA Casinos Inc.

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