Britain to St Lucia: Waive Juffali’s immunity

Britain to St Lucia: Waive Juffali’s immunity

Saint Lucia has received a written request from the British government to waive the diplomatic immunity of Doctor Walid Juffali, the Daily Mail has reported.

In a December 28, 1015 article, the British tabloid reported that the Foreign Office Head of Protocol Julian Evans, has given this country’s acting High Commissioner in London until January 8 to respond.

Juffali, according to the Mail, within months of receiving a demand from his ex-wife for a share of his £4billion fortune, joined the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as Saint Lucia’s representative.

The appointment gives the Saudi billionaire diplomatic immunity from any legal action in Britain, the Newspaper reported.


The waiver of his diplomatic immunity would allow Juffali’s ex-wife, former calendar model Christina Estrada, to seek a divorce settlement in court.

However the Saint Lucia government, in response to a similar request from the lawyers for Juffali’s ex-wife, had said it regarded the matter as a civil one.

A government statement had said that Saint Lucia did not want to get involved.

According to the statement, waiving Juffali’s diplomatic immunity for the purposes of resolving property disputes arising from divorce proceedings would create a precedent, that could compromise current and future diplomatic personnel in the UK and elsewhere.

The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) for its part, has accused the government here of sullying Saint Lucia’s name in the Juffali affair, by appointing someone to a post for which he has no qualifications.

The UWP has also called for Juffali to be fired.



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  1. The Commentator
    December 27, 2015 at 11:37 pm Reply

    It will be interesting to observe, in the coming months, the amount of pressure and the nature of the pressure that the UK Government will bring to bear on Saint Lucia as it seeks to remove his diplomatic immunity. Will Saint Lucia be prohibited from attending official UK Government-sponsored activities?

  2. Observer
    December 28, 2015 at 2:23 am Reply

    St. Lucians must now wake up to the reality that now we cannot withstand the scrutiny of the International community with all of our bad governance and scandals, coming one after the other. Soon we will have no name to defend

  3. Lucian Gal
    December 28, 2015 at 8:02 am Reply

    The plot thickens.

    1. Juliette
      December 30, 2015 at 4:49 pm Reply


  4. Malcolm L'Overture
    December 28, 2015 at 5:22 pm Reply

    The Juffali affair has taken another twist. This time, it’s the UK’s ancient dinosaur the foreign and commonwealth office getting in on the act. Now they are demanding that the St Lucian government do something about Juffali. It looks like the FCO has taken a shine into the former Mrs Juffali and would like to take some action of their own if the powers that be in St. Lucia won’t. It was only a matter of time before the FCO’s mandarins had to put his oar in to unsettle the water in order to make things difficult.

    Why is the foreign office getting involved in this? They are vehement in their intervention as they seem to be blatantly supporting Juffali’s ex. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is responsible for promoting and protecting British interests abroad. The FCO has no right to personally intervene in this matter. They also have no right to tell a sovereign state who it should appoint as an ambassador. It’s the same old British again with their cocky and arrogant attitudes. They have not learnt to put up or shut up.

    This all started when that maverick MP Andrew Rosindell raised the matter in the venal House of commons. I have every reason to believe that he was put up to this by the opposition politician who was seen with him in a photo opportunity. Yes, there is a photo doing the rounds on the internet in which St Lucia’s unelected opposition leader is seen with the brash Rosindell. It has been established that the Tory politician does not do anything for free. He is the king of freebies. Why was he in St Lucia and where did he stay during his visit to the country? They say a picture tells a thousand words. Well, this picture tells more than a thousand words. Was Rosindell’s trip to St Lucia sponsored? There is no way this backbench MP would have enquired about the billionaire Juffali had he not been allegedly offered something in return for asking the question about him in the commons.

    Westminster is awash with corruption and corrupt practices. MP’s can be bought for the right price. The former owner of Harrods Mohammed Al Fayed was able to pay a couple of conservative MPs to ask questions in the house on his behalf a while back. Just recently a newspaper exposed members of the House of commons for what it really is ‘ A house of corruption’ – There are endless diplomats flouting the laws in London and nothing is being done about it. The US and Arab countries are the worse. They commit many infractions and the dozy FCO does nothing about it. They escape with their tails intact because the UK dare not take action against these countries because they are allies. Instead, they pounce on little St Lucia because in their mind St Lucia has no one to stand in it’s corner to defend it against this flagrant violation that is being committed by the FCO. They must have got the go ahead from that scumbag Rosindell.

    This new twist to the saga appeared in the Mail on Sunday and was written by a reporter with malevolent intent. The Mail group is run by a bunch of closeted racists and fascists. They do not care about the damage they inflict on the subjects they write about. This odious and unpleasant hack must have picked this up from SNO and worked with it by transforming it into something sensational. He does not give monkeys about St Lucia. Hope he never sets his paths on our lovely isle ever again. Like the Tru Tones would say ‘We’ll bring them to swim in the sulphur Springs. Don’t ask me which part they go find that out’

    St Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean have dealt with threats from the likes of the British foreign Office for a very long time now. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office do not scare us – WE are not scared of you in Whitehall. The government of St Lucia will take you all the way if it has to. Stop making idle threats. St Lucia is not a colony of the UK anymore. The FCO mandarin who wrote this letter is a nobody trying to become a somebody. Who is Julian Evans and why is he giving our High Commission in London up to the first week in January to respond to his poison pen letter? You do not scare us mate not even your boss the foreign secretary does. Juffali has been in the UK for a while now. He bought properties there and is well settled. He is a resident by the looks of it. He may have rattled a few cages in London and hence the treatment that is being meted out to him and to the folks at the St Lucian High Commission. The FCO and their cronies are trying to ensure that proceedings are done in the English courts so the UK can benefit by way of taxes and other redemptions. They don’t care about Juffali, they care about his billions. They are using St Lucia as a scapegoat. The government and people of St Lucia should not stand for this.

    I do not support the appointment of Juffali as our ambassador to the IMO, but it is not up to me to decide who gets to become St Lucia’s ambassador to the IMO nor should it be the FCO’s. Why are they supporting the ex-wife? Since Juffali is a British resident they ought to offer him some support too. This should not be a lopsided affair. The FCO’s current position on this matter is unfair and unjust. The High Commission in London has no right to respond to the FCO urgently. The acting High Commissioner will have to consult the prime minister and St Lucia’s foreign office before he can reply to any summons from the UK’s FCO.

    The leader of the opposition seems to be getting his fifteen minutes of fame. If he is really behind this move like I am assuming he is then he ought to be ashamed of himself. He and his cohorts like Rosindell are doing this simply because Juffali have not accosted them in any shape or form. If De Chastanet was in power(hope he is not) then he would have done exactly the same things that the current labour administration is doing. He would have enjoyed being in the company of this Arab billionaire. He would have introduced him to his folks and to his hotels. He would have been more than happy to be seen in his presence. Who are you trying to fool De Chastanet? The fact that it is someone else who is doing it then he is not happy. He is such a jealous twat. Green with envy both him and Rosindell. If Rosindell would have been offered a slice of Juffali’s pie then he would not have asked any questions pertaining to his diplomatic status and immunity.Both of these men are unfit to represent anyone in public office. They are peas from the same pod.

    The St Lucian High Commission in London with the help of the Labour government should give this matter some much-needed attention. They should not be hurried into any hasty decisions just because an old colonial has asked them to do so. They need to take their time on this. The FCO can wait like they made us wait during colonial days. The British sucked our islands dry and now they have the temerity to order us about. No, sir, you cannot order the government and people of Helen about like you use to. We in St Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean are most certainly not scared of you lot in Westminster. You don’t scare us one bit. Bloody Cheek!!!

    The Government of St Lucia should be only one to deal with the small matter of Juffali and his diplomatic status. They are the only one who can rescind or revoke it – not some Whitehall mandarin and a morally challenged Tory MP with vested interests. Hands off Sweet St Lucia. Stop interfering in the affairs of others. St Lucia will not be told what to do by old colonials with an axe to grind.

    Big Up St Lucia The land Of My Beautiful mother and the land I Love.
    Malcolm L’Overture
    Haitian- Lucian
    Berlin Germany

    1. Anonymous
      December 30, 2015 at 12:12 am Reply

      Well Mr. L’Overture – we St. Lucians here in St. Lucia would really like to know why this man was ever appointed as a diplomatic representative for our country in the first place. And if it takes some British intervention to get some kind of answer, then so be it. You may have a beef with Westminster but I don’t think the secret appointment of a totally unqualified, and apparently completely uninterested Saudi national to a St. Lucian diplomatic post is something we either want or need. I think it is you who needs to mind your own business as you don’t seem to know what you’re talking about here.

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