Human trafficking accused out on bail

Three of the accused in the Lambirds Academy human trafficking case are out on bail, according to the Academy’s CEO  Doctor Iftekhar Shams.

Shams disclosed that Indian nationals  Gurjeet Singh, Kaushal Chudasama and Ashwin Kanji Patel were granted bail in the sum of $17,500 each on Friday.

Ashwin Kanji Patel told the Times that it had been a long journey to being released from prison pending the conclusion of the human trafficking case.

He asserted that had it not been for the efforts of Doctor Shams, the release would not have been possible.

(Doctor Shams (far left) with other accused)

“There are a lot of things behind that case and that (case) has to finish,”  Patel said.

He explained that as a student, his time behind bars was a very difficult period of his life.

” We are totally innocent – our record is clean,” Patel said.

He said they are in possession of documents which prove that they were here for education and not for any other purpose.

Patel told the Times that members of  his family back home are in  tears because of his situation.

Lambirds Academy CEO Doctor Shams told the Times he was happy that the three accused were out.

“I told you before and I am telling you now – they are totally, totally innocent,” Shams stated.

“We are waiting for the human trafficking case to finish and we are confident that we will win the case for sure – this is a totally political issue – they just framed us,” the Lambirds CEO told the Times.

The bail conditions  for Patel, Chudasama and Singh include reporting every day to the Central Police station and observing a 9 pm to 8.am curfew,  the Times was informed.

Their travel documents have also been seized.

The three, along with Doctor Shams , had been charged with a number of offences.

All of  the charges against the four men were withdrawn with the exception of the charge of human trafficking.  Doctor Shams was released on bail earlier this year.

His three co-defendants had  been incarcerated since February 27, 2015

They had appealed to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to expedite their court matter.

Human Rights International (HRI) became involved when it asserted in a letter to Chastanet that all four accused are innocent.

The four men were charged after several mainly Nepalese students claimed that after  paying huge sums of money which they had borrowed from persons back home to come here to get Hospitality Study degrees, they realized that Lambirds Academy, which boasted a campus in the North of Saint Lucia, had ripped them off.

The Nepalese students are reported to have since been reimbursed.

Almost all the students  have since returned to their native land.

Doctor Shams was himself  released on bail on February 10, 2017.

 

4 Comments

  1. Concerned
    July 18, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    They should be deported from St Lucia. Our island will soon become a hub for the shenanigans, if we are not careful. Especially now that they have CBI thing.

  2. Anonymous
    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I wonder who plead for dem

  3. Anonymous
    July 18, 2017 at 3:54 pm

    Send them back to they country

  4. My mother NOM k°[email protected]👴
    July 18, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Kenny that cause dat

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