Antigua: Former Minister to be charged

Antigua: Former Minister to be charged

Former Minister of Agriculture Hilson “Brother B” Baptiste is expected to appear in court today to answer to several charges in connection with an altercation he allegedly had with a police officer yesterday.

Reports indicate that the former St Mary’s South Member of Parliament was at the VC Bird International Airport with his daughter and granddaughter who were travelling. According to accounts received by this newspaper, the former agriculture minister was circling to find parking when he pulled up close to the pedestrian crossing to hand the child to the parent.

Reportedly, the officer intervened and asked him to move on. An argument ensued in which a firearm was reportedly drawn.

It is unclear what transpired next.

The officer was taken to Mount St John Medical Centre for treatment and so, too, was Baptiste who complained of feeling unwell while in detention

He was transported from Langsford Police Station to St John’s Police Station, where he was expected to spend the night.

According to State Media, Baptiste is likely to be charged with battery and dangerous driving, among other charges.

Baptiste, who contested six general elections, in the St Mary’s South Constituency, beginning in 1989, has won his seats four consecutive times, but lost in 2014 to Samantha Marshall.

He has served as Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and the Environment and Housing and Social Transformation.


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