Over $1.3 M spent on Lambirds Academy students

Saint Lucia’s Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Daarsrean Greene, has disclosed that he was reliably informed that over $1.3 million was spent to maintain a number of students who were left stranded here for about two years in the Lambirds Academy matter.

The students, mainly from Nepal, claimed they were lured here with promises of an education in hospitality and other subjects and job placements overseas which did not materialise after they each paid  at least US$9,000 each to secure a place at Lambirds Academy.

Greene said he made a decision based on what he recognized in the matter to allow the mediation process in  criminal proceedings to take effect, bearing in mind that the defendants – Lambirds Academy Chief Executive Officer, Doctor Iftekhar Shams and his co-defendants, spent some two years on remand.

The Acting DPP said it was a lawful way of dealing with the issue.

He disclosed that as a result of the mediation, 49 charges of obtaining property by deception involving students of the Lambirds Academy and their dependents was resolved justly and to the great benefit of all the parties concerned.

“I can say safely that one aspect of Mr. Shams charges has been dealt with, so we can move on to the remainder,” Greene told the news conference.

It has been  reported that the students have been reimbursed their tuition and the other expenses incurred while here.

However, the case involving human trafficking in the Lambirds Academy matter is still pending.

A documentary on the Lambirds Academy  matter was produced to give persons a closer look at the experiences of students involved in a college scandal here.

The documentary is titled ‘Lambirds’ and was put together by a United States producer Lizzy Pittigrew, who felt the need to tell the story of the students.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    So do we keep the students in Saint Lucia until the taxpayers in Saint Lucia have spent $2,500,000.00 dollars? Please send them back to Nepal and arrange for them to contact us via Skype and Facebook.
    The taxpayers should not be the ones to pay for the inefficiencies of the judiciary.

    1. Anonymous
      February 3, 2017 at 1:01 pm

      Peter pays for Paul cocoa!!
      Its sad that thiskimka a. G cost has been incurred and y.vu?.$?8.$8>

      C.&.

  2. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    I agree i believe its time for them to return home. Now things have come to an amicable agreement.

  3. Tired
    February 2, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    They should have all recorded their statements reimbursed and sent home. Such a waste of money. I am sure all the monies have gone out of the country so what’s to gain just experience and TIGHTEN UP OUR LOOPHOLES

  4. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    where can i watch this documentary?

  5. Rage
    February 2, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    It’s a shame the government couldn’t give them a work permit or citizenship for their troubles.

    We could use more like them. They work better and harder than lucians.

    1. HUMBLE
      October 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      I THINK THEY SHOULD OF DONE THIS AS WELL AFTER ALL THEY HAD A HUGE INVOLVEMENT IN THE HORROR THAT THOSE KIDS WERE PUT THROUGH NO ONE WANTS THIS TYPE OF OUTCOME
      FOR THEMSELVES.

  6. Fair Play
    February 2, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    What a shame. Who really safe guards the public purse here in St. Lucia? Party in party out the treasury is a free for all to be abused.

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