40 ‘high risk’ BVI prisoners for Saint Lucia?

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has been responding to a report in the Telegraph that this country is working with the  British to secure the transfer here of  forty ‘high risk’ prisoners from the hurricane-hit British Virgin Islands (BVI).

The prisoners escaped and are on the loose.

The Telegraph report Tuesday featured a photo which the publication said was of cabinet notes that had been accidentally leaked to the press.

Prime Minister Chastanet on Monday told members of the local media that Saint Lucia was working with the UK to facilitate the transfer of three prisoners from another hurricane-hit British overseas territory – the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

Asked Tuesday about the Telegraph report about Saint Lucia working with the UK for the transfer here of forty BVI prisoners, Chastanet’s response was: “Well, I have not heard that.”

He told reporters that the request that was made to Saint Lucia related to the transfer of three  TCI prisoners.

“As I indicated, when we made an audit we had the capacity to add fifty on a temporary basis so all the request that has been made to us at this point is for three,” Chastanet stated.

Although criticised by some for agreeing to the transfer of the three prisoners, the Prime Minister expressed the view that the ‘vast majority’ of Saint Lucians would support him from a humanitarian standpoint.

He observed that there are Saint Lucians who live in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“Would you want criminals to be running around putting the lives of other Saint Lucians in danger? Not only that, when I look at what the British government has done for Saint Lucia in our history and most recently, that is the humanitarian thing to be able to do,” Chastanet explained.

He said Saint Lucians are not being put at risk.

Chastanet said he was very comfortable that Saint Lucia’s security system is very good.

He disclosed that Saint Lucia has been working closely with British authorities to determine who the  TCI criminals are and obtain information on their background, to ensure that the appropriate security arrangements are put in place.




  1. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    what the British has done for St. Lucia includes slavery

  2. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    What is in it for us?

  3. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    What are the benefits vehicles for the police force? Ambulances equipment money? What is it?

  4. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Don;t believe the hype Chastanet leaked that document himself. He doesn’t really want any prisioners but he wants to pretend like he wants to help…………………

    1. Just saying
      September 12, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      He askd hoping they would not give them to him

  5. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Think twice Chastanet hope u make the right choice

  6. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    So we are the UK’s new Australia now? A penitentiary? SMH

  7. Doris Joseph
    September 12, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Mr PM think twice before you decide to take prisoners in

  8. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    There i thought the prison was full ..but yall have space to take outsiders

  9. IDK
    September 12, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    If they took catamarans and escaped, then where did they go to? IDK. Can the people continue to work and repair while looking over their shoulders? IDK. If they took catamarans and escaped, then where did they go to? IDK. Can we get pictures of them? Not internet yet. …. Maybe they should be in a prison somewhere. Just maybe….

  10. NNajia Yisrael
    September 14, 2017 at 6:35 am

    The UK has done nothing for St Lucians whatsoever, we are so called Independent, and yet still have a ‘govenor general’, a language kaka report of the state in fine apparel! In what way is this going to benefit us? We took in Haitians and look how the witchcraft has increased amongst thr poor and illetrare. We use to be the best island in the Caribbean because of our Krewyol hospitality, those days has long gone, we have become intolerant and wicked to each other. Taking in prisoners is not a way forward, there are many ‘what ifs’ to factor inot the equation. Those white slave masters always believe we are dumb negros!! All they continue to do is keep us mentally enslaved with their mis-EDUCATION, religion, tell-lies-vision, alcohol, chemical based food and medication!! Wake up we mighty people, UK take your prisoners back to your own country, you have space and capacity to accommodate them!