A Nepalese student here has said that the dismissal of money laundering charges against Lambirds Academy CEO, Doctor Iftekhar Shams, is evidence of incompetence on the part of the Prosecution.
“What happened clearly demonstrates incompetence and how ill prepared they are,” the student, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Times, adding that he was echoing the sentiments of some of his other colleagues.
“We can’t be more disappointed than this,” he said.
According to the student, he did not understand what hindered the investigation to make the Magistrate rule in favour of the defendant.
“ We had all the time and evidence in the world needed to prove that Shams was guilty,” he asserted.
As far as he was concerned, Shams’ Lambirds Academy had ruined a number of lives and defrauded the poor.
The Nepalese national said he wondered why the government of Saint Lucia did not do any background checks on Shams before granting him permission to operate Lambirds Academy here.
“I hope this case is resolved as soon as possible and for those who have seized our passports as if we are criminals, we need to ask why we should stay here in Saint Lucia for another day” he said.
Magistrate Ermin Moise this week dismissed the money laundering case against Doctor Shams, on the basis that the case had not been dealt with within 180 days after the charges were laid as provided for by the Criminal Rules Procedures.
However DPP, Victoria Charles Clarke, told the Times in an exclusive interview yesterday that the decision will be appealed.