St Lucians in legal trouble abroad not receiving consular assistance: Mary Francis

St Lucians in legal trouble abroad not receiving consular assistance: Mary Francis

St Lucians who find themselves in legal trouble while travelling abroad could be forced to fend for themselves.

The Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights Incorporated says overseas consulates, funded by the St Lucian taxpayer, are not providing adequate representation to St Lucians facing trouble overseas.

Mary Francis pointed to a recent case involving a young St Lucian woman arrested in the UK who, she says, was not provided with consular assistance.

According to Ms. Francis the young woman did not receive even a visit from the St Lucia High Commission in the UK, as would be expected for nationals who land in trouble while in a foreign country.

The High Commission of St Lucia in London is headed by Ambassador Guy Mayers.

“The High Commission never gave her the assistance she required. She had to fend for herself and her family had to be coordinating from here in St Lucia and speaking to lawyers overseas,” Francis said.

Ms. Francis added: “They never went to see the young lady at the prison and this unacceptable.”

She said there was another incident where a young man was found to have illegal drugs planted in his luggage while travelling to Canada, and although he eventually won his case, he never received representation by the Consulate General of St Lucia in Toronto.

The Human Rights lawyer called out the St Lucia Consulates in the UK and Canada for failing to provide adequate representation regarding the representation of St Lucians in the past.

“Those are the offices which represent the state in the foreign country and if St Lucians are in trouble with the justice system or whatever problem they have they need to get representation from those people who are paid by taxpayers in St Lucia,” she added.

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38 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply

    take your meg a$$ yourself and go represent them abroad Mary. We did not send them abroad to commit illegal acts.

    1. Vibz
      July 8, 2017 at 8:30 am Reply

      Anonymous July 7, 2017 at 6:18pm

      Are you sane? Why such ridiculous nonsense emanates from your mouth? The government spends a colossal amount of money to maintain these Missions abroad (foreign currency at that). Inevitably, some of our people living or traveling abroad are WRONGFULLY apprehended or charged. It’s the mission of our foreign Missions to provide assistance. This happens more frequently than you may appreciate especially in these times of heightened security. So stop your self-righteousness and asinine attitude for you or a relative may one day need the same Mission to come to your assistance.

    2. Anonymous
      July 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      You don’t have only to committ an illegal act to be represented. However, representation is expected and should be honored as a citizen. Some counsular reps even go into prisons. We need to raise our own personal standards, education, not necessarily academic, and demonstrate some unity as a people. Castigating everyone/thing does not elevate the mind, generate positivity or inspiration. The next generation just swim in the same kaka and purport the same kaka. Apple don’t call far from tree you know. Liberate yourself. Here in the UK the staff need motivation and innovation. There was a time they would reach out to the Lucian community and raise the profile of Luciana and St Lucia- now barely a thing.

  2. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm Reply

    That was rude and disrespectfully. No one knows when the tables will turn on them.we all have relative. and one day we will need some one…everybody needs some one.when people comit crime God never turn away.he is always there.So to make this Comment to Mary.Rude

  3. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm Reply

    We have to be careful what we say with our thong when the rain is falling it not falling on one family’s house today is her turn u don’t even no yours yet usually it does be worst

  4. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 5:53 pm Reply

    St Lucian we need prayers

  5. s
    July 7, 2017 at 5:55 pm Reply

    These people travel with drugs knowing its illegal, spoiling it for other St. Lucians who wish to travel and Mary Francis will come talk about they are not being represented. St. Lucians dont pay tax for that nonsence. Im so sick of this woman. Its high time she resign and find some relevant to do with her darn lifes

    1. Anonymous
      July 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm Reply

      I pay taxes yet my roads are unfixed, I won’t trust victoria with even a paper cut and the police. Well the police. What if someone is wrongly arrested overseas? And what if that someone was your family member?

    2. Merciful
      July 7, 2017 at 8:37 pm Reply

      You are so small minded, you need to shut up. The peopke are being paid to do a job, why paid them if they are not doing what there are paid to do

    3. Anonymous
      July 8, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      You never miss the water until the well run dry…..

  6. kyle
    July 7, 2017 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Mary Francis should spend more time educating the public about her slant in law. She is a champion of the oppressed and silenced. She is not understood. Keep it up Mary!!! Long live Mary. Long live human rights and social justice.

  7. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 7:04 pm Reply

    Oh..yes yes yes lots of prayers.St Lucia is getting Worse by the min.wow its not lovely ST Lucia any more.what the heck is going on.Lord..Lord..Lord.ST Lucia is going down

  8. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

    When they killed the lady in marisule she said nothing about it.
    Human rights my foot

  9. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply

    I’m surprised to hear we can speak with our thongs. Wow technology has really improved. But on a more serious note. Why the person (s) who employed the mules can’t pay for their representations. If the mules were successful you wouldn’t hear from them. Why get involved in illicit activities and then turn around and blame the consulates for not representing you when you know full well what you were doing is illegal. If you’re going to be a mule be a well paid mule in case you get caught. So you’ll have your bail money and also your lawyer’s money. Unless the drug lords can’t give you that don’t do it.

    1. Merciful
      July 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm Reply

      That’s what the consulates are they for. Seriously!

  10. John
    July 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Alot of you that bad mouth Ms.Francis are dumb or uneducated this lady in a hero and has champion for the rights of anyone who the don’t have a voice great civil rights worker ..but you’ll wouldn’t know that because you are to shallow to know what’s smart people do and say

    1. The One
      July 8, 2017 at 7:40 am Reply

      You must be a relative or just as dumb as her. These people spoil it for other Lucian’s that may want to travel, commuting crimes, travelling with drugs and even murder and Mary Francis is talking about they not getting represented. (Word deleted)

      1. Anonymous
        July 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

        Every country has a duty o represent their citizen abroad providing there is a consular or embassy established.

  11. Society
    July 7, 2017 at 11:30 pm Reply

    To all the educated stupid people …Which st.lucia have….keep on hating on Mary Francis…cause at the end of the day…with or without her. the truth must come out….and it will not be nice…

  12. Anonymous
    July 7, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply

    Well well well Mary Francis let me down you mean to tell me the consulates that represents saint Lucians abroad that’s what they been paid to do to represent criminals when they do their crimes ??? Is that’s what she insinuating that the consulates must give representations to people who have no brains just doing crookedness and expecting consulate to talk on their behalf.. ..Mary stop complaining people. And stay in your Conner. Idiot. (Words deleted)

  13. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 12:17 am Reply

    I find this Mary Francis extraordinary, kinna amnesty international stylee, way to go, Lushie.

  14. Lucian in misery
    July 8, 2017 at 12:56 am Reply

    Woman we can’t even afford proper health care for the hard working and honest st.lucians is counseling you care about for those that keep making us look bad. Shame on you and your associates

  15. JOHN WILLIAMS
    July 8, 2017 at 6:10 am Reply

    There may be a reason why the consulates or embassies are not carrying out this function. Let us just imagine that there are a limited amount of dollars available for operations. I doubt an official will leave Toronto and head to British Columbia to see a St. Lucian thief who has been arrested in Canada. It eh possible. I would imagine there would be prioritizing so that the gravest breaches of justice are addressed. Mary must say something every once in a while…this is her time.

  16. Anonymousnn
    July 8, 2017 at 6:47 am Reply

    Can’t they just fire them? duhhhh

  17. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 6:49 am Reply

    Can’t they just fire them? duhhhh

  18. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply

    Why they there making money and doing nada…..FIRE DEM….

  19. Febert
    July 8, 2017 at 7:26 am Reply

    Job u want mary? Stop talking s….

  20. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 7:31 am Reply

    Wow interesting comments. Good job Mary expose the lazy consular and embassy workers .we need to understand were Mary is coming from , yes these people commit crime but we all need legal representation . An it’s not what the person did but the fact that someone is there to help.

  21. The One
    July 8, 2017 at 7:36 am Reply

    Mary you need to just shut the hell up. You always pleeding for criminals and all the people that doing crimes in this country yet the good citizens of this country don’t get anyone to speak on their behalf like you try to defend all criminals. No wonder these criminals are so brave in this country. So take your stupid (Word deleted) abroad and represent them cause it seems is position you looking for.

  22. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply

    Too often we like to play the roles of judges and jury when we are not the victims. All she suggested was the individuals in the fore mentioned cases should have received some support from the consulates which sounds quite logical since their are representing St lucians abroad. Also, be reminded that one is only guilty after afee a trial and finds to be at fault

  23. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

    Who send them and do crime

  24. The Crow
    July 8, 2017 at 10:50 am Reply

    You people astound me! The consulate is receiving taxpayer’s money to look after the interest of St Lucians but is not providing it and y’all are angry at the lady? Y’all are a bunch of hypocrites!

    To you who are decrying her I say three things:
    1. This is a service all consulates around the globe provide their citizens.
    2. The service does not discriminate
    3. If it were your family, y’all would be singing a different song

  25. unknown
    July 8, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply

    Comment:it’s Soo true all they do is sit and get fat and get paid for ntn

  26. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply

    Miss Mary you are dam right.God place you there for a risen.talk as you see fit.you go to consulate you ask them one question.when comes to the other question they give attuide.all they do is sit in their air condition office.and give you. You attuide.. dam right expose them.kick them out.their attuide .give the job to someone who cares…and every one is innocent untill proven guilty.and we all have Skeletons in our closets

  27. Anonymous
    July 8, 2017 at 11:20 am Reply

    Sorry..their attuide Stinks

  28. Merlyn Jackson
    July 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

    Those who are calling Mary all kinds of names please please look up the role/ terms of reference of a consulate …SMH . Our people just get emotional about things and do not think logically …
    Mary is right about the role of a consulate!!! When Americans get into trouble for example the consular office in Bridgetown flies to the place where he/ she is imprisoned to make sure that he/ she is being treated properly/ legally /humanely

  29. Vibz
    July 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply

    Merlyn Jackson, just like you, I stand stoutly with Mary. She is absolutely correct. Why so many people want to ridicule this altruistic lady? Those who do, on this issue, are hopelessly ignorant. I try my utmost best not to say bad things about people but those of you who find pleasure in unfairly excoriating Ms. Francis for this article, you have to be dead from the neck up.

  30. black
    July 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm Reply

    lucians really ignorant…its so sad its not even funny…they doe understand everybody and every country needs a mary, its the opposite of mary (the system) that not working and ppl blaming mary….boy d country falling if big adults c ah understand what going on god help us…Mary i dere with you for life or death we dere

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