PM: No decision yet on Raymond’s future

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that no decision has been taken on whether to have Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond resign.

Raymond was at the centre of a social media firestorm after nude photos,allegedly of him, were leaked.

Excerpts of a alleged WhatsApp conversations between Raymond and a teenage female  were also  posted on social media.

Events took a dramatic turn when an eighteen year old student of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College was arrested and charged with blackmailing the minister and was granted bail in the sum of $10,000 when she appeared in court.

At about  the same time Raymond issued a statement declaring among other things, that he would not be bullied.

The Prime Minister told reporters today that there is a pending investigation and a court matter.

“As soon as the details are available to me and I can make a decision we will make that decision, but up until now I have to allow the court to take its process,” he said.

“I think it is very unfortunate and again it is very easy to connect dots but it is something that  unfortunately, and I say very unfortunately, that this is not new. We have seen it repeat itself many times and so different countries have handled the situation very differently,  but right now it is a matter that is in the  courts – there is a pending investigation and I think it would be premature on my part or anybody’s part to jump to conclusions until the evidence comes out,” the Prime Minister told reporters today.

He said:

“Once the evidence comes out we will then react to it.”

Asked whether he anticipates any distractions as Raymond carries out his duties while the investigation is taking place, Chastanet said:

” There have certainly been no distractions on my part because I am very clear as to what I have to wait for – I can’t rush to judgement, I have to wait to see what the situation is, so there is no point trying to cross the bridge before you get to it.”

He said Raymond has been coming to work ‘very diligently’ .

“We have not seen any distractions in that regard, but certainly we will keep our eye on it,” the Prime Minister said.