Juffali affair:Gov’t confirms British request

Juffali affair:Gov’t confirms British request

The Government of saint Lucia confirms that it has received a request from Mr. Julian Evans of the Protocol Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to grant a waiver of the diplomatic immunity of Dr. Walid Ahmed Juffali, the Saint Lucian Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation in the United Kingdom, to answer a claim for additional financial relief in the High Court in London from his ex-wife, whom he had divorced in Saudi Arabia.

The Protocol Directorate says that the request was made after it received correspondence from the legal firm representing the ex-wife of Dr. Juffali, Hughes Fowler Carruthers.

The Office of the Prime Minister first became aware of the request in two articles published in two British Newspapers on December 27, 2015, The Mail On Sunday and the Telegraph.

The Government of Saint Lucia has always stated that it would not respond to requests from private lawyers to lift the immunity of Dr. Juffali or any of its diplomats as such requests can only come from the receiving state where the diplomat is based. To do otherwise would be to expose our diplomats, wherever they are assigned, to the whims of private lawyers.

However, matters of this nature are governed by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961. Both Saint Lucia and the Government of the United Kingdom are signatories to the Convention, and are bound by its provisions, procedures and conventions.

Saint Lucia enjoys close political and diplomatic ties with the United Kingdom and will, therefore, follow the well established diplomatic channels to address this matter while protecting its integrity as a sovereign state.

The claim for additional relief by Dr. Juffali’s ex-wife will be heard in the High Court in London from January 18-22, 2016.

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  1. Joe
    December 30, 2015 at 5:56 am Reply

    If read carefully you recognize that this is simply a request with no binding based on the fact that the hearing on the divorce case is in three weeks time i.e. january 2016.

    This is as far as it will go.

    Now what we want to know is how much money pass and who received it!

  2. Malcolm L'Overture
    December 30, 2015 at 10:19 am Reply

    I am saddened at the level of anger, hostility and antipathy being displayed in this forum on this subject. Most of the comments are laced with pure partisan political dogma and prejudice. I fail to see the correlation between some of the guff that is being discussed in here and the actual subject. This is about someone’s diplomatic status and whether that person should carry on serving this country as a diplomat at the International Maritime Organization. Instead of writing about the issue and how it can best be addressed you have folks expressing grossly offensive statements which isn’t getting us anywhere.

    No Politician is infallible otherwise, they would not be politicians. Everyone is capable of making mistakes. We have all been there before. Most countries in the world are happy to offer economic citizenship to foreigners with money. The British have done it and are continuing to do it. If you can invest £1million in Britain, you will be given citizenship. There are endless dodgy Russian oligarchs seeking refuge in the UK and taking advantage of their economic citizenship programme which started by the current conservative government.Most of these chancers are morally depraved and rotten to the core and are fleeing from the former Soviet Union and thus settling in an equally venal country -The United Kingdom.

    These men with money have been involved in all sorts of skullduggery and immorality. They are men of ill repute and very few members of the British press have scornfully criticised them or investigated the origins of their wealth. The Tory government will go to great lengths to protect these questionable characters and the billions they siphoned out of Russia into the UK’s coffers. They are happy to have these morally perverse folks living in the UK. The British have no conscience when it comes to money. There are lots of other venal men and women living in the UK. They have been offered refuge and told to keep a low profile. The pretentiously arrogant and overbearing Brits are looking after their financial interests and so we In St Lucia.

    The UK establishment is imperious, domineering and dictatorial. They like to boss others around, especially black African and Caribbean countries. They see us black people as inferior and should, therefore, be subject to their authority and control. They have not come to the realization that they no longer have an empire. They are still asleep. That is why I like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. Mugabe took control of the lands that belongs to the indigenous Zimbabwean people and the meddling British did not like this one bit. They called him all the names one could think of in the fog of England just because he dared to stand up to them. He rightly told them where to go and how to get there. When that white dictator Ian Smith was in power he did far more cruel things to the Zimbabwean people and the Hypocritical British gave him all the support they could muster. Thye did not care about the suffering of our poor African cousins. They never do care about black people.

    The British never cease to amaze me with their hypocrisy and double standards. It’s one law for them and another law for us non-whites.They lecture others about morality yet they are immoral themselves. It’s clearly a case of do as I say but don’t do as I do. I refuse to take lectures from these dissemblers and beguilers. They have absolutely no right to boss the government of St Lucia around. If anyone has that right then it’s the people of St Lucia. They are the ones who put them in power and it is to them the labour government owes it’s allegiance- Not the British and the FCO which is opened to bribery and characterised by corrupt dealings. They are having a go at us simply because they feel that St Lucia is weak and vulnerable. They are exploring that loophole hoping that Helen will give in to them. That is where we need strong leadership and the urge to give back as much as we get. Our government should not hold back. Let us play the British and beat them at their own game. It’s about time someone in the Caribbean stands up to these old colonials in Whitehall and Westminster.

    There are many diplomatic missions committing endless infractions and deliberately flouting the laws and nothing is done about it. The US owes the UK treasury millions in parking and other fines and refuses to pay up. The Arabs refuse to pay their parking fines also. The unscrupulous Whitehall mandarin who dispatched the scurrilous drivel to our High Commission in London should be sent packing by the acting High Commissioner Mr. Fregis.He needs to let this contumelious little wannabee know that the High Commission with the help of the government of St Lucia can do as it pleases. St Lucia is a sovereign state and is quite capable of governing itself. No one can tell us what to do but us. If this was the other way round and the shoe was on the other foot the insolent and impertinent Brits would not give our government the time nor the day to listen to our grievances. The British DO NOT like to be lectured by no one. They have forgotten the great contributions our soldiers made to their country. Together with Africans and Black Americans, Caribbean soldiers fought to defend Britain. Yet instead of being thankful the British were anything but grateful to us for coming to their rescue. They wanted our black soldiers out of the country immediately after the war. Had it not been for the bravery and courage of our black soldiers the British would have been taken over by Germany and be speaking German today. Oh yes, they would be.I would most probably be writing this piece in German.

    The government is right in refusing to deal with a bunch of opportunistic and irreverent lawyers. These vultures will go to any lengths to tear anything apart which brings in the bacon. They do not give a damn about morality and fair play. It is open season for them and they will stop at nothing.This is a civil matter and there are ways to deal with this without having to drag and besmirch St Lucia’s good name through the mud. The esurient ,impudent and selfish ex-wife with her voracious and insatiable appetite for wealth and glamour needs to get a grip. Why don’t she take her case to a Saudi court? I guess she won’t as she will not get a nice little earner to settle down with. She wants to live the lavish lifestyle and will go to great lengths to achieve this even if it means tarnishing a country’s reputation. She does not care about St Lucia. All she wants is Juffali’s alimony and nothing else.

    I did not support the appointment of Juffali as St Lucia’s ambassador to the International Maritime Organization. If he is using his diplomatic status to avoid civil action in the UK courts then this is not right. He should not use the cloak of diplomatic immunity for his own personal gain.

    The unelected leader of St Lucia’s opposition is behind this. Just recently he was featured in a photo opportunity with that morally challenged and perverse MP from Westminster-Andrew Rosindell. The British member of parliament who loves freebies. He is the king of freeness. This man will not move a finger for anyone if he is not being offered something in return for his time. He was invited to indulge with De Chastanet in St Lucia. De Chastanet extended his hospitality to this maverick and soon after he was raising the Juffali issue in the venal House Of Commons. I am yet to be convinced otherwise. The UWP leader and his cohorts are right behind this. If this is the case then this needs to be exposed and should that escalate Rosindell should be barred from visiting our country. The Bermudians tried to ban him because of the offensively bold and disrespectful manner in which he tried to accost them while on a recent visit. This is an Essex man with no morals and class. He epitomises what Essex is all about. Need I say more.

    Prime minister Kenny Anthony is an honourable man. He is a man of probity and is highly skilled. If anyone can diffuse and bring this episode to a halt before it turns ugly then he is the one to do so. He is very competent and capable. He is a man of the people and oozes charisma. He possesses endless magnetism and charm. He inspires great enthusiasm and devotion. He is also a talented lawyer and a great leader. He can take on the British and beat them at their own game. With Dr, Anthony’s leadership, this will blow over soon. This storm in a teacup will soon dissipate from our shores. After January 8 it will be business as usual. I am optimistic that things will return back to normality with the British.
    Big Up To our Prime minister He is doing a fantastic job running the country.
    Big Up To St Lucia The Land I love and the land of my Beautiful Mother who comes from the Western part of this splendid isle.

    Malcolm L’Overture
    Haitian- Lucian
    Berlin Germany

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