Doctor Ubaldus Raymond, the Minister in the Ministry of Finance, has declared in a statement Friday that he will not be bullied.
“I am not afraid,” the Minister said in the written statement that was released to the media.
It was issued against the backdrop of photos, allegedly of the minister, that have been making the rounds on social media along with parts of a WhatsApp conversation.
Raymond said over the last few weeks there have been attempts to threaten him.
“There have been attempts to extort monies from me through devious means,” he declared.
The Minister made it clear that no amount of threats will cause him turn away from his values as a human being and as a family man.
“I will not give in to political operatives who will use the most disgusting tactics in order to malign my name or to scare me into submission. I will trust in the Court system and in the Almighty God,” he asserted.
Doctor Ubaldus Raymond said since he entered politics, he has maintained that his integrity and credibility are of utmost importance.
“My record speaks for itself,” he said.
The Minister noted that over the last few weeks, he has been exposed yet again to one of the ugly truths about life in the public eye.
“People will constantly try to besmirch your character and use underhanded tactics to undermine your credibility,” he observed.
He said he has provided all the details and evidence in this matter to the police who are carrying out their investigations.
“I want to thank the detectives of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for apprehending a suspect in this matter which is now in the hands of the court system,” he stated.
Raymond said the situation in which he now finds himself is not a unique one in today’s world.
“I know that other persons have gone through similar circumstances and they have probably not been able to fight back. They have been too scared, they have felt ashamed or they did not want to open up themselves to the kind of attention that shames victims of such crimes,” he said.
He declared that until such time as the matter is resolved through the justice system, he will make no further statements on the case.
On Friday morning, January 13, 2017, a young woman from Beausejour identified as Curshaby Alexander appeared in court, charged under section 223, subsection 1 of the criminal code with attempting to blackmail the Minister.
The woman is reported to have been released on bail in the sum of $10,000.