PM gives assurance of safe transfer of TCI prisoners

PM gives assurance of safe transfer of TCI prisoners

Press Release:Local security officials as well as the British Government will ensure prisoners brought to Saint Lucia will be safely transferred and not pose a risk to Saint Lucia’s population.

The British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are facing dire circumstances with securing prisoners following the destruction of some prisons by Hurricane Irma and it is believed that over 100 criminals are on the loose in those countries. Saint Lucia has initially agreed in the first instance to house three prisoners in order to assist our Caribbean friends in need, said the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the death toll associated with the Hurricane continues to rise, with 24 people reportedly killed in the Caribbean alone.

Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet assured the House of Assembly on Tuesday September 12th that the Ministry for Security, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and the management of Bordelais Correctional Facility have assessed the situation and communicated that Saint Lucia can safely house up to 50 prisoners.

The Prime Minister has assured that the transfer will be carefully worked out with the British providing support and will not pose a threat to the people of Saint Lucia.

Prime Minister Chastanet explained that Saint Lucia has been helping in the assistance to islands ravaged by Hurricane Irma in various ways. Saint Lucia has reached out to nationals living in those islands and in some cases arranged evacuation and housing. Through the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and with the assistance of the private sector Saint Lucia has also sent aid.

The Prime Minister, who is also Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), told the House of Parliament that he saw up close the destruction when he visited Antigua, Anguilla and the BVI.

“The devastation is very severe,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister explained that in making the decision to accept the prisoners he considered what would have happened if in fact Saint Lucia was in similar dire need. In times of disaster Saint Lucia also received immense relief and support from the British and the French.

“So the Government of Saint Lucia has agreed at the request of the British Government to take in three prisoners that will be coming in from Turks and Caicos,” PM Chastanet announced. “I have consulted with the Commissioner of Police and the Minister for Security, as well as with the staff of Bordelais. The initial inventory is that if needs be on a temporary basis we have the capacity to house fifty (50) prisoners. In this instance we are only bringing in three prisoners at the first request and those prisoners are going to be coming in from Turks and Caicos.”

The Prime Minister went on: “Let me take the opportunity to assure all St Lucians that your security is not being put at risk. But I think this is the humane thing for us to have done at a time when our brothers and sisters and our friends and family need us the most. It is the most important time for us to stand up and be counted.”

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12 Comments

  1. Lincoln
    September 12, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Was there anything else we could have helped with. We have been complaining about the scarcity of space in the prison system. Doesn’t add up to me.

  2. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 8:41 pm Reply

    Precaution is better than cure

  3. Fed up
    September 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Liar liar liar liar liar

  4. John Smith
    September 12, 2017 at 9:00 pm Reply

    Why the hell the friggin British dont take them,instead. Typical British . That country metes out the worst treatment to humans in history, exploits then leaves them,hanging. Trust tropical trump to agree to this. This man contradicts himself without even meaning to.

    1. Anonymous
      September 13, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply

      “This man contradicts himself without even meaning to.” …….well that would make him an idiot? No?

  5. Curious
    September 12, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply

    Gives assurances? Can the PM give assurances for things he does not directly control.
    Of course he will give assurances that prisoners will not escape from Bordelais when we know to the contrary.

    Of course he will give assurances that police will be able to detect and successfully solve the vast majority of homicides when we know to the contrary. So assurances are far from guarantees. Security, safety and law and order is in a mess here so why go tangle with that

  6. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 6:48 am Reply

    He lies about everything.Can we ever get any truth from this man.Very deceitful

  7. Anon1
    September 13, 2017 at 8:52 am Reply

    You need to learn to express yourself properly “Not too bright PM” because every time you make an announcement it’s littered with contradictions.

    Which leads one to believe you are a liar.

    Did the British approach you or did you approach them with the offer???

    Surely you could have offered to take in disposed women and children, the elderly and or disabled. And offer (supposedly) to take high risk prisoners!

    Is this the test run to commercialise Bordelais!

    But wait wasn’t it you throwing political rhetoric on the platform that you WILL cut crime!!! Murders are projected to by pass last years figure.

    So who will believe your “assurance that security is not going to be at risk!!!

    You should really do the honourable thing and step aside let King take over till the next general election.

    We have 0 confidence in you!

  8. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 9:02 am Reply

    Just like he gave assurances the price of gasoline will go down, just like he gave assurances he knew what to do to improve the crime situation.

  9. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 9:44 am Reply

    The British government has the wherewithal to easily accommodate these prisoners. No matter how the PM tries to downplay the security risks of housing these prisoners, this undertaking will add further strain on the country’s already scarce resources. The more I think of Mr. Chastanet in recent times, the more I believe that common sense has deserted him.

    Vibz

  10. Anon1
    September 13, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply

    You need to learn to express yourself properly “Not too bright PM” because every time you make an announcement it’s littered with contradictions.

    Which leads one to believe you are a liar.

    Did the British approach you or did you approach them with the offer???

    Surely you could have offered to take in disposed women and children, the elderly and or disabled. And offer (supposedly) to take high risk prisoners!

    Is this the test run to commercialise Bordelais!

    But wait wasn’t it you throwing political rhetoric on the platform that you WILL cut crime!!! Murders are projected to by-pass last years’ figure.

    So who will believe your “assurance that security is not going to be at risk!!!

    You should really do the honourable thing and step aside let King take over till the next general election.

    We have 0 confidence in you!

  11. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 13, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

    We are the new penal colony…the new Australia.

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