Walid Juffali dies

Doctor Walid Juffali,Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is dead.

International news reports indicate that he died in Zurich, where he was receiving treatment, on Wednesday.

Juffali’s death came as the new Allen Chastanet administration here said it was reviewing his diplomatic status.

In February this year, Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP) which was in opposition, said one of the first things it would do in government was to revoke Juffali’s appointment.

This amid a controversy over the Saudi billionaire’s representation of this country.

The new Saint Lucia government also said it wanted to determine the status of Juffali’s proposed diabetes research centre project here.

A British High Court Judge had ruled that Juffali secured his diplomatic posting with Saint Lucia, solely  to  avoid a multi-million pound divorce suit brought by his super-model ex-wife.

The Telegraph reports that  Juffali’s ex wife, Christina Estrada, 54, who won £75 million from her former husband in the divorce settlement is likely to have the settlement  delayed due to his death..

Estrada was awarded the money earlier this month after the case was brought forward due to the declining health of her ex-husband.

Dr Juffali,  61, who was suffering from terminal cancer, did not attend the hearing.

American-born Ms Estrada was said to be “devastated” at news of her former husband’s death.

She and Dr Juffali, who was chairman of Saudi Arabia’s EA Juffali and Brothers, met in 2000 and married soon afterwards.

Dr Juffali then decided to take another wife, a 25-year-old Lebanese model, and divorced Ms Estrada under Islamic law without her knowledge.

Ms Estrada, who had a daughter with her former partner, had initially asked for £196 million.

She claimed that her ‘reasonable needs’ included a  fifty-five million pounds home in London plus more than one million pounds a year for clothing.

 

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