Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has announced that there has been a request for this country to accept three prisoners from the hurricane-hit Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
“We are working with the British authorities to accommodate that request,” he said.
Chastanet told a news conference Monday that Saint Lucia has been in discussion with the British, as certain protocols will have to be established to facilitate the TCI prisoner transfer.
“We did do an audit of Bordelais (Correctional Facility) and they indicated that they could have the capacity to hold fifty people, and that obviously we would need to know the circumstances under which those prisoners were arrested to determine the level of security we would have to have,” Chastanet stated.
He sought to assure Saint Lucians that the government is in no way seeking to jeopardise this country’s own security.
“I think all Saint Lucians – and the ones that I know, recognise that we all need to help each other,” the Prime Minister asserted.
He said he wanted the British, the Americans, the Canadians, the Dutch and the French who have traditionally come to the aid of Saint Lucia, to know that assistance is not a one way street.
Chastanet, in his capacity as Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), joined Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit and other officials Sunday on visits to Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, St Kitts and Antigua which were all impacted by Hurricane Irma.