Cabinet to discuss Ubaldus Raymond’s fate

The fate of Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond, was expected to be discussed at the regular meeting of the cabinet of Ministers today, well-placed sources have disclosed.

The cabinet of Ministers was expected to discuss the  leakage of nude photos, allegedly of  the Minister, today at their usual Monday meeting,  the sources have told the Times.

According to the sources, a decision on whether Raymond is allowed to stay in the cabinet is likely to be made during today’s cabinet session.

The sources have also indicated that a statement on the minister’s fate could be made by tomorrow.

Doctor Ubaldus Raymond is at the centre of a firestorm on social media where in addition to  nude photos,  extracts of a WhatsApp conversation purporting to be between the Minister and  a young female were also leaked.

It is alleged that the female threatened to expose the Minister, unless she was paid.

Matters took a dramatic turn when 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 was released on bail in the sum of $10,000.

The woman’s court appearance came as 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 in a statement.

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 arrest of the young woman and Raymond’s own statement have attracted a mixed reaction on social media.

The Minister has been heavily criticized for being linked to a sordid affair and  using ‘bullying’ tactics against the teenage female, while others have criticized the young woman’s alleged attempt at extortion.

70 Comments

  1. Harriete
    January 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Resign you haughty man.

    1. Anonymous
      January 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      I’m with you Mr Raymond all the way as a strong SLP who feels it knows it no one perfect

      1. Anonymous
        January 16, 2017 at 1:16 pm

        No one is perfect and no one will ever be until and if we make it to heaven.a lot of us has done worse and if exposed about three quarter of the working population may have to resign.both of them are wrong from the beginning. They both committed fonication and adultery.so let us not stone them to death,okay. Let’s hope they both learn from their mistakes and move on .l myself is a christian and have done things which I should not have done,smh,but thank God I made up my mind to stop doing those things and tryy my best to do the will of God. Trust me,you can easily be mislead,smh,the devil is trying real HARD to get the managers award every day… May we look within our selves to be better citizens and if possible, give someone a word of encouragement. Some or most of us have struggles from left right and center and really are trying to make it through but we may stumble along the way,please forgive us…

      2. Anonymous
        January 16, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        And please don’t forget to be sensitive towards the innocent ones that are caught up in this episode,the wife,kids,church etc

      3. Sackawinkie
        January 16, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        Yep! Every one of us has …….. “the other side!” That side that we dear not enjoy visiting, and/or revisiting; but………. thank our stars; JESUS come to the other side; yes; HE is there with you; HE alone could give comfort in times like these! The devil is out in full force, with his imps; none of us is immune to his tactics ; satan dresses it nicely, and you then grasp “IT”, what ever the “IT” is; as you grasp “IT”, you are immediately left on your own……… Find comfort in JESUS! NO ONE is immune, remember!

      4. Anonymous
        January 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm

        Well said! This is so so true.

      5. Anonymous
        January 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

        Very well said. That is so so true.

      6. Anonymous
        January 18, 2017 at 7:37 pm

        So should we want sympathy for all who do wrong, then all will make it to heaven. As a prominent church member, was on his way to be a Pastor, you should have counted the coarse of ur actions, I say resign with dignity, causing Gods name to be Blasphemed, that’s Y people don’t go to service, their Famous words are ” Too Many Hippocrates Are In There”

  2. francine
    January 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Why put Juliette and the kids through this? Remember the sermon you preached last year june? Then do what u preached.

  3. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 11:48 am

    Resign cause I will not want to hear or see u Mr. [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES].

  4. other foot
    January 16, 2017 at 11:49 am

    whats to discuss if pictures of my penis was out on social media, I am sure I would not have a job.

  5. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 11:58 am

    i am not being judgmental but i feel he should resign.

  6. Joanne Charkes
    January 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    This does not affect his job as a Minister, what he did was in his personal capacity.

    1. Wow wee
      January 16, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      No no, ppl get fired everyday for things that are unrelated to work. So he has to go.

      1. Nancy Drew
        January 16, 2017 at 2:51 pm

        I agree! Adios 🙋

    2. Lucien
      January 17, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Actually this incident does affect his job as a minister.
      Hence the Cabinet discussing his fate
      he allowed his personal life to put the security of the country in jeopardy.
      His personal decisions made him the victim of extortion .

  7. Donna
    January 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    I WOULD BE VERY SURPRISED IF HE WAS FORCED TO RESIGN FROM “THE GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB”, AFTER ALL ISN’T THAT THE CLUB FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS RAPIST, EPHEBOPHILIA ETC…

  8. Guest
    January 16, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    How can u say u trust the almighty God when u didn’t remember him whilst doing ur nastiness, u r a married man she old enough to be your daughter. And as for this young lady not because someone is sleeping wit you an u don’t get wat u want from them that doesn’t mean u can expose their bedroom business.

    1. Anonymous
      January 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      We all fall short of the glory of God

      1. Lucien
        January 17, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        Is that an excuse for being a hypocrite ?
        Sad thing is his hypocrisy has cost him his credibility and his families comfort and their collective reputation.
        as well as the the Extortioner’s family

  9. Wow wee
    January 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Well, this man is handsome. So unfortunate eh. He’s married too? Awww poor wife and kids. I feel for them. Poor 18 year old too….men always want their cake and eat it too.

    1. Bobol
      January 16, 2017 at 8:08 pm

      Mate not handsome

  10. no nonesence woman
    January 16, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    bothe parties wrong but the mr as a public figure and a family man if is he oh well let the law deal with it but god is in control

  11. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Religion fail us, friends fail us, does in high society fail us, this whole system is a failer .

  12. Sweet
    January 16, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Fire dat MF

  13. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Religion fail us, friends fail us, does in high society fail us, this whole system is a failer . Jehovah our god Will not fail us in his new system

  14. James
    January 16, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    How can u say u trust the almighty God when u didn’t remember him whilst doing ur nastiness, u r a married man she old enough to be your daughter
    UBALDUS ppl like you given the Adventist churches a bad name and record

  15. Me
    January 16, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Sex scandals are nothing new to politics. Don’t care much for it. Stuff like that happens everyday. He is already facing embarrassing consequences in his personal life don’t think he should pay more by loosing his job.

  16. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Give the (Expression deleted) man a chance in his life he has done nothing wrong . The (Word deleted) has no right if she is so desperate for money she should go to the strip club. Send her to jail and throw away the key .

    1. Inquirer
      January 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      He has done nothing wrong??? SERIOUSLY???

  17. James
    January 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    If the nude photos had been sent to his wife and somehow intercepted and circulated, that would be a different thing. But people, he sent them to a young girl; he has no-one to blame for the exposure but himself. He has the audacity to try to put the total blame on his sex partner.

    He must resign. There is no place in St. Lucian politics for such characters.

    1. Bobol
      January 16, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      But d young ting sweet

      1. Unknown
        January 16, 2017 at 10:35 pm

        He didn’t “send” any nudes to the girl… the girl screenshot the video call…get the facts…

  18. Leandra
    January 16, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    He with no sin cast the first stone……I waiting (Expression deleted) they both were wrong u guys jus only looking at things one way too much…..

  19. 666
    January 16, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Our Anthony Weiner has to step down, cause he brought shame to the office he holds. Her Majesty’s Government deserves more class and respect!

    1. Anonymous
      January 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Oh stuff it. You little closet freak you.

  20. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    HOW can he give an example to other men out there who sleep with young children ,shame on those men who has no self control

  21. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    BTW he is not an adventist

    1. Bobol
      January 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      He Muslim

      1. Anon
        January 16, 2017 at 9:05 pm

        Lol, lol…good one – 😂

    2. Anonymous
      January 17, 2017 at 2:39 pm

      NOW you want to denounce him. Everyone knows all you Bible thumpers are the biggest freaks.

  22. Dissapointment
    January 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    You need to resign Mr.Raymond , step down from your post . First of all you never won any seat you should not be there anyways. You are a disgrace to this country and involving God in your speech was even more disrespectful because you know very well this is you in the photos.

    1. Lucien
      January 17, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      I agree with this fully.
      its one thing to sully you’re own reputation.

      but in his actions
      he has not only sullied his family’s reputation, but also, more importantly his country’s. (arguably his religion’s as well )

  23. Mortified
    January 16, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I hope that they can discuss his fate without laughing themselves off of their seats…because the spelling and comments alone are cracking me up…. no end…thanks .Great entertainment. 😀😁😁😂😂😃😃😃

  24. Viewing from the outside
    January 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    In this instance they are both wrong. They were two consenting adults having a relationship when one decided to use what they had on the other to get what they needed at the time. Blackmailing somebody to get what you want or to do what you want is totally wrong. And the minister being a figure in society should have known better before having an extra martial affair with a school child. Not saying that having an affair is right though. We are humans and will fall short but how we pick up ourselves after that short coming tells a lot about ourselves. He should have been more humbly in his statement to the nation and less arrogant.

  25. Dacobs
    January 16, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t know this man is still so noisy. He should go quietly. The name he though he had some time ago he has it to clear now. He can say what he wants. He could down play certain aspects of the event as much as he likes. He was caught and he knows he was caught with his pants in his hands. He now have to do the decent thing and go!

  26. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    The only comment is that everyone seems to be a judge. Isn’t the matter in court. Let the decision whether he is guilty or not be made there. St. Lucian’s like too much RO RO.

  27. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Fully agree.

  28. Don
    January 16, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Anyone with even a modicum of decency would encourage the Minister to resign with immediacy. Indecent exposure by the Minister to a young and vulnerable female, just barely legal, is egregious. If the Minister is called to give an address to an audience, the only thing people would think about is his ‘manhood’. It amazes me though how these Christians would defend the indefensible by saying that the devil made him do it. Laughable indeed! They blame the Devil for their despicable behavior. Human beings don’t like to accept blame so they blame the devil for every their wrongdoings. If his fellow Ministers of Government allow him (Dr. Raymond) to continue in his present post, this will be a damning indictment on all of them.

    1. Lucien
      January 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      I Agree

  29. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    smh so the photos were fake and screenshots?its sad that this is whats happening

  30. Don
    January 16, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Just a correction above. Instead of “for every their wrongdoings “, it should be “for all their wrongdoings “.

  31. How I c it
    January 16, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    I think it is wrong to post one’s photos no matter what.
    Well most of us men or women has secret relationship and I don’t know if that was one but I think relationship or not u don’t post pics and an example had to be made.
    *** I on the other hand probably would have given her the money and get a way to get those pics cause they stay on google too.
    “””” but whether he sent the picture or not I think it was a good enough stand to send a message to St Lucians that whether or not u have my pic u can’t post it.

    +++ now THIS ONE IS FOR PERSONS HOLDING SUCH POSITIONS. ,,, I think it is a low blow for anyone holding such office, if it happened at all, to engage in such inappropriate activities and even if his rights were violated, once it did happen he should be made to resign..

    1:So here I spoke of your right to press charges
    2: the example to be made for others to learn
    3: and last despite all rights one has to respect his office.

    So let him exercise his rights fair and square and if found guilty of sending pics via the net relieve him of his office. The way to go

  32. Babyboy
    January 16, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    This man should step down. You’re a minister representing my country and you doing something like that you have to be a Roll Model to our kids.

    1. Bobol
      January 16, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Role model *

    2. Anonymous
      January 17, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      YOU be a role model to your kids. Parents learn that. All I need from him is good financial decisions for the country.

  33. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    O NO

    That man need to put in jail for preying on people children like this another child said something about him , she got to go and let others know what he did and don’t blame anyone his is{ P and R } If the government people allow him to stay that is a disgrace to the country and to the young girl .once they have a position they think sexing anybody and get away with it no respect

    1. Anonymous
      January 17, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Really? Anyone? So why isn’t he sexting me? I don’t know him or have access to him.

      The CHILD knew what she was doing, enough to try to make money off it or humiliate him.

  34. Anonymous
    January 16, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    We have to understand that every human being makes mistakes we regret. Obviously he regrets his mistake and is very shameful of it and feels terrible about himself. Criticizing his body and saying all the negative things about him is not going to do anything but make him feel worse. We have to remember he has two children who read the things y’all say. If he does stay in the cabinet of ministers we should not be angry at that because we know half of the politicians do this but ubaldus just happened to get caught. I am not saying it is okay to sin like that but we have to forgive him just as the lord forgives us😊😉

    1. Anonymous
      January 18, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      HE NEVER APOLOGISED FOR WHAT HAPPENED. SO WE CANNOT FORGIVE HIM. HE WAS WRONG AND STRONG. HE IS ACCOUNTABLE FIR HIS ACTIONS. SHOULD’VE THOUGHT OF HIS KIDS WHEN HE WAS DOING IT. WHAT ABOUT THE YOUNG LADY ?…NO FORGIVENESS ?….BIAS.

  35. Bobol
    January 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Masiay where d pictures I want to see dem

  36. Anon
    January 16, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Bullied – bullied by whom? A so-called professional, a hitherto and now government minister, a Ph’ed even – yes was bullied by an 18 year old school teenager!!

    1. Lucien
      January 17, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      i agree
      entirely Laughable

  37. amused
    January 16, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Am so entertained by the comments made …i forget the issue at hand….lets see what happens 😊

  38. The_Truth
    January 16, 2017 at 10:46 pm

    Yes its bad that he appears to have been seeking an affair outside of his marriage.. many of us have made such mistakes before.. lucky for many of us we were never exposed to the public this way.. what would we have done if we were caught in his scenario ..threathened to release nude pics of you to the public unless you pay a huge sum of cash.. sometimes this may never end with one payment. I think he was brave to stand fast and not be a footstool … He will recover from this.. As for the young woman… it not nice to purposely tear down or shame someone this way.. wether they are a minister of just any ordinary person.. women stop selling yourselves for vanity.. have more self worth, pride ,dignity ..riches are not all …the perfumes and glamore are not all to life..love your neighbor as yourself.. respect others as you would like to be respected …. wake up!!

    1. Lucien
      January 17, 2017 at 2:12 pm

      The fact is that a person of power and prestige, you are expected to be of higher moral ground than others. Also less room from errors and sloppier work.

  39. Anonymous
    January 17, 2017 at 9:08 am

    i agree with d boss, if they want it give it to them

  40. Stephen
    January 17, 2017 at 9:24 am

    We St Lucians have a serious case of amnesia. Do any of you remember “Jessica” and the then *PRIME MINISTER* of this country?

    Now before you jump down my throat, I do not condone the actions of the minister or anyone who engages in such behaviour (if this happened), moreso someone who purports to believe in God. However, we were born and shapen in iniquity and God has given us carte blanche to come to him when we eer.

    Before we cast our stones let us remember that the Bible says that none of us are righteous, no, not one. So put your stones down and allow the justice system to work.

    Remember, there is precedence. What did you all do then?

  41. Pomme
    January 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    the young lady had an open relationship with Mr. Raymond and expect everything been asked she’ll receive.
    1.Threatened him would make a difference?
    2.was $700 worth it?
    On the other hand the minister is right for not given the amount requested . What if he gave and still got exposed ? What about the other days you and him text each other ,didn’t you screenshot these text messages ? One simple response had you to blackmail him for his own money !!! I don’t blame mr.raymond. . Citizens of st.lucia or not think he should resign .why? He did nothing bad . There are few members of the house with criminal record for rape and did they have them to resign?

  42. Anonymous
    January 20, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    All the people that saying he should not resign…i have a question that needs answering. How does it feel knowning our country is being represented by a tetcal !!

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