Chastanet under fire from former PM

Press Release:-“My attention has been drawn to the following statement made by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during a recent Press Conference and aired on  Choice News in its news broadcast on or about January 17, 2017, in connection with the investigation into the  murder of Oliver Gobat:                                       

                                        “Unfortunately the former Government had promised to send a letter to the British       

                                          Government saying we would not pursue the death penalty and we were told

                                          repeatedly that that letter had been sent. That was a lie.”

 The ‘former government’ of which I served as Prime Minister, NEVER EVER gave the British Government any undertaking whether expressly or impliedly that it would not pursue the death penalty for anyone convicted of the murder of Oliver Gobat. On the contrary, I advised the British Government that the question of whether the death penalty was applicable was a matter for the Director of Public Prosecution and for the Court. Indeed, it was made patently clear that any such attempt to direct the Director of Public Prosecution and the Court to forego the death penalty would be unconstitutional. It is for the Courts to determine whether an act of murder is a ‘Capital Offence’ or a ‘Non- capital Offence.’ The political directorate has no authority in such a matter. Likewise, Allen Chastanet has NO authority to promise that the death penalty would not apply to a convicted murderer.

Further, to give an undertaking that the accused in the murder of Oliver Gobat would be spared the death penalty is inherently discriminatory against other accused persons facing trial for murder.

The position of the ‘former government’ was conveyed by me to the Gobat family.

It saddens me that Allen Chastanet has chosen to not only politicize this matter by his statements to Choice News but additionally, with untrue statements. I believe that the Gobats can do without the undue and unwarranted politicization of the investigation of the murder of their son. They have suffered enough.

It is also passing strange that Prime Minister Chastanet could say that the absence of the comfort letter to the British Government compromised assistance from the British Government when an officer from the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force travelled to the United Kingdom to brief Police Officers there.  I am also aware of exchanges between the High Command of the Saint Lucia Police Force and the Surrey Police.

Finally, Mr. Chastanet must know that unlike him who tramples on our Constitution with impunity, I believe in honoring and respecting the Constitution of Saint Lucia to the best of my ability whether in or out of government.”


  1. 758
    January 24, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Dr. Anthony that is my memory too.

  2. Sad-But-True
    January 24, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Ha! The Big Bear, the Intellectually superior Leader is Slowly Rising. Are you UWPs and Evil Chastanet scared yet?
    Step down, pack your Kindergarten School bags and lunch Carriers and return to your birthplace, Martinique. 🙂

  3. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Finally those red-skinned men are at it again albeit from red and yellow perspectives.

  4. 666
    January 24, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Go back to your retirement hole!

  5. Anonymous
    January 24, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    I believe that Dr.Anthony is speaking the truth, and that Mr. Chastenet spoke the alternative truth(a lie.)

    1. Anonymous
      January 24, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      AS USUAL.

  6. Justice
    January 25, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Eh Eh. mate wake up but only to defend his name. He not talking nothing else about the country. But that’s his nature. Once he not PM he turn his back on St. Lucia.

    So who destroyed the police force with cheap politics for party gain? Who caused IMPACS? who went reading the report on national TV with out producing evidence.

    Trample constitution! Who backed Roachmel without the knowledge of Parliament?Who signed Grynberg without the signature of the GG and knowledge of Parliament. Hypocrite!

    1. Sad-But-True
      January 25, 2017 at 10:54 am

      So you want someone that you voted out of office defend to you.
      Not happening!
      And will never happen!
      We are tired of cleaning up uwp messes.
      You’re on your own now.

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