‘High number’ of Saint Lucians imprisoned in Martinique

The number of  Saint Lucians  imprisoned in neighbouring Martinique is a source of concern for Saint Lucia’s Minister of Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis.

He told reporters here that almost 52 locals are incarcerated on the neighbouring Island.

Francis said it is a ‘high number’.

“We are going to be speaking with the Foreign Minister so that she can speak to our Consulate in Martinique so that we can get some information as to those persons, the treatment of those individuals, how they were incarcerated, whether their rights are being upheld and so on,” Francis stated.

He expressed the hope that local officials will be able to travel to Martinique to visit the Saint Lucians who are  incarcerated there to find out what is happening with them.

The minister recently attended a Franco-Saint Lucian Security Committee meeting in Martinique.

Francis said that during talks with Martinique officials he brought up the matter of French nationals who are in custody in Saint Lucia.

“One of the things I brought up was  that when the French have their citizens in our custody, they are very quick to come across and make sure that those persons get their justice as quickly as possible,” the minister disclosed.

“I did question them and asked them ‘But why there is not reciprocity when it comes to Saint Lucians’,” he stated.



  1. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    leave them there they will learn

    1. Anonymous
      July 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm

      Be careful what you want for your fellow man. YOU DON’T SPEAK LIKE A ST.LUCIAN! SO BE QUIET! Remember that people tell lies on people. I’m not saying that some of them did not commit crimes. As someone who was abused by police in America just for leaving too close to a white neighborhood and they complained about blacks walking through the neighborhoods especially at nights….. and I don’t need to tell you what else went on. God knows as I didn’t commit a crime but I was charged and I got convictions that I should have never gotten; but I left my revenge to God because I know he can do what I can’t do. If the government take the actions they are saying they will, I think it’s a good thing for people. So please be careful what you say because what goes around comes around.

  2. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    The ppl invm the world is trouble

  3. I wanna know
    July 24, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    For what type of crimes? Investigative journalism?

    1. Anonymous
      July 24, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      That type of journalism does not exist in St. Lucia.

  4. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    they are there for a reason.

    So the best thing of us to leave them there.

  5. Jean St.Lici
    July 24, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Mr.Minister, magee you’re talking! You know as well as I do that all these St.Lucians are imprisoned over there for serious crimes! You know that so don’t come with that ! Focus on your justice system here at home which is in shambles! (Word deleted)

    1. Anon1
      July 25, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I swear dem mans just feel we like our gran parents where they can push nonsense to us and we will swallow it.

      They were convicted of a crime surely human rights shouldn’t come into play.

      What Francis should be doing is fixing our “In Justice System”

  6. Joshua
    July 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Hermin who tell you the guys will take u seriously? Martinique is a department of France so how could you equate the speed with which they come looking for their nationals. Your Cabinet is small fries

  7. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Half of the from Dennery Valley leave them there

    1. Anonymous
      July 25, 2017 at 8:06 am

      True not half all

  8. Sulphur
    July 24, 2017 at 7:03 pm


  9. truth be told
    July 24, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Mr Francis Wat are u tryin obviously they are there for a reason, last I recall urll were sayin bordelais over crowded so Wat exactly do u want, further more if u were to go n ask how many would prefer go back with u u won’t be seeing a show of hands they are more comfortable in there haven’t u seen some of their photos via Facebook, just saving u that trip

  10. straight shooter
    July 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    St. Lucia must find out what they are in prison for, some may be innocent and their voices must be heard . The law is the law and must be looked into . My advice is to stay away from martinique illegally and stay out of trouble .

  11. Anon
    July 24, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    The Minister needs to focus on the problems of the justice system in St. Lucia and let the French Government deal with the St. Lucian criminals in their jurisdiction.
    Deal with the high number of unsolved murders, the high number of prisoners on remand, the endless adjournment of cases, the full activation of the forensic lab …. the list goes on.

  12. Anonymous
    July 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    most of them from dennery, just going and rob all the french fellas…leave them inside make the robots beat them

  13. sharon terrell
    July 24, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Martinique property them.Mr of Justice Hermangild Francis leave them their,leave them in Martinique,we have enough on our plate.Thank Martinique they doing St.Lucia a favor.They should be underground in a dungeon some where, prison cell to good for them.Damn criminals menace to society.

  14. The Broker
    July 25, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Looks like Saint Lucia is exporting criminals to Martinique.

  15. Mordo
    July 25, 2017 at 7:21 am

    None of the commentators have really thought their comments through before hitting submit here. The question really is: what are the reasons why they are incarcerated over in Martinique. It is only when this is known that the authorities in St Lucia would have sufficient information to determine a joint response to tackle the problem. I’m sure the French authorities know already. We must remember that the French have given us the privilege of being able to travel to their territory without a visa, and we must protect this privilege. Criminals from Our country stand to mess it up therefore our government must show that they want to do something about it so I would wish the minister well on his mission.

    1. Anon1
      July 25, 2017 at 8:32 am

      I take it you didn’t really think your comment through.

      Is not the EU who gave permission for VISA free travel!

  16. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 7:42 am

    Anonymous number 1 i agree with you.leave them in there.lesson to be learn..Idiots.sure they were better.whatever happen to their morales.lock them up a second time.do St Lucia a huge favor

  17. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Sure they know better

  18. A Voter
    July 25, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Worthless Consulate. I don’t even think they know their job discription. Just sit on their fat asses with a salary. The minister didn’t even have to ask them for info. It was suppose to be readily available.

  19. Anonymous
    July 25, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Good if they do the crime in Martinique then they need to serve the time. Too bad .

  20. Amie dodo
    July 25, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    At list their relatives will get to see them and people they all are human bean’s they have relatives too

    1. Eric Shon
      July 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Beans? Baked beans? String beans?

  21. Society
    July 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Only in st.Lucia criminals are celebrities.only in st.lucis if u have a tattoo on your face u are a criminal..only in st.lucia wants u commit a crime and u have money..you must walk free…only in st.lucia.once your family have big name you an do what u want.

  22. Ghetto Royal
    July 26, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Fifty-two Lucians imprisoned in Martinique? Well, look at it this way–since Bordelais is full, it might make sense for St. Lucia to simply contract out the prison business to overseas facilities in territories such as Martinique and Guadeloupe, rather than building more holding rooms at Bordelais!

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