Gonsalves pleased with Chastanet’s criminal deportees complaint

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has been given the thumbs up for his statement on criminal deportees.

Barbados Today quoted Vincentian Prime Minister, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves, as saying he was pleased that Chastanet had joined other Caribbean leaders in complaining that criminal deportees from the United States are hurting the region.

According to Barbados Today, Gonsalves asserted that while some of the deportees were law-abiding, there were others who engage either directly or indirectly in criminal activity.

“The problem is that when they deport them they don’t give us their full particulars, what are the antecedents, what are the details of the crime for which they were sentenced and then deported; what their record is so that we can do a better job of reincorporating them into society. And of course we get no resources in respect of having them to come back into our society in some structured, organized way,” he told the publication.

Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Alen Chastanet, had recently expressed concern about the impact that criminal deportees were having on crime in the Caribbean.

The comments, quoted in the July 11, 2016 edition of Barbados Today, brought a response from the United States Embassy in Bridgetown.

The US Embassy statement, among other things, contradicted statistics Chastanet gave and highlighted the US role in assisting the region’s crime fighting efforts.

The issue of deportations of criminals was thrust into the spotlight again when Vincentian Prime Minister, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves was quoted by Barbados Today as defending the right of Barbados to deport convicted murderer, Arleigh Hector James, back to his homeland.

According to Barbados Today,James, a Vincentian,  received an early release from prison last week after serving 22 years of a life sentence for beheading his 35-year-old wife Debra James and slashing his 14-year-old stepdaughter Sabrina to death in a savage cutlass attack on May 1, 1994.

His son Ashley King, who was 13-years-old at the time, escaped death by hiding beneath a bed.

The publication said Gonsalves would not discuss the issue in any detail and had not heard from Barbadian authorities on the matter.

It also stated that the Vincentian leader did not link the calls for James’ deportation to the issue of criminal deportees from the United States and other developed countries