St Lucia willing to accept up to 40 foreign prisoners: National Security Minister

The National Security Minister, Senator Hermangild Francis has sought to downplay reports that the prisoners brought to St Lucia from the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean islands are high risk.

“People are saying high risk. I have not seen anything indicating that they are high risk. All I’ve been told is that they’re prisoners that needs shelter. So we have accepted to house as many as we could,” Francis asserted.

Seven prisoners from the British Virgin Islands arrived in St Lucia Tuesday along with three others from the Turks and Caicos Islands, bringing to 17 the total number of criminals currently being jailed on the island from the British Overseas Territories, the National Security Minister confirmed.

The first group of seven prisoners arrived at the Hewanorra International Airport onboard a British military aircraft on Monday.

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Hermangild Francis

It’s unclear what crimes the prisoners were convicted of in their countries or how long will they be kept in St Lucia.

Francis could not confirm whether that would be the final batch.

He said St Lucia is willing to accommodate up to 40 prisoners given that the current low occupancy level at Bordelais Correctional Facility.

The National Security Minister said Tuesday’s transfer of prisoners was carried out “better” than the day before.

The men are being housed in a segregated unit of the Bordelais Correctional Facility, away from local prisoners, Francis said.

The Minister said he plans to visit the prison on Friday.

49 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Remember when they were downplaying it all and saying…”Oh, it’s just 3 prisoners.” Timothy Poleon, what say you now? You kept on emphasizing THREE PRISONERS!

    1. Anonymous
      September 28, 2017 at 10:49 am Reply

      Way to go St. Lucia, leading by example, let’s ensure that these guys are treated fairly while in custody at the BCF. Helping thy neighbor is what the bible speaks about and what the Lord loves. Good job!

  2. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 3:37 pm Reply

    Come on. We can’t even afford ourselves. Larpoh fess nou par San nou

    1. Anonymous
      September 28, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply

      This comment is a total insult to my people and Country. We must learn to helpa nd uplift one another and not tear each other down.

      He who gives to the poor, gives to the Lord and that which he hath given will be rewarded.

      Psalms: 19:17

  3. Smh
    September 27, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Lol.
    This administration,I tell u a bunch of LIARS.
    From day 1 it had always been 40 prisoners dat our prime minister vowed to take into our prison here in” SANTA CRUISER”
    Why all the lies to weeeeeeee St.lucians, cum onnnnn.
    If ure helping a bro, just help a brother and left d dirty lies behind .
    Mannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn
    From 40 to 3 ,
    From 3 to 7
    From 7 to 17
    From 17 to Mr PM. JUST BRING DWN ALL D 40 PRISONERS DAT U ALWAYS HAD IN MIND ON BRINGING .END DEM LIES.
    LET’S JUST SETTLE FOR 40 okay.
    So now …..
    From 17 to 40. prisoners.
    Please make some space for our sister’s prisoners.
    Sister DOMINICA……
    I think right now dey need our help more Dan d BVI.
    D BVI IS UNDA ENGLAND……..
    SISTER DOMINICA IS INDEPENDENT JUST LIKE SISTER SANTA LUCIA.

    NB…
    you can house dem at d FREE ZONE IN VIEUX FORT.

    1. Anonymous
      September 27, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply

      Ok jah cry

  4. Smh
    September 27, 2017 at 3:57 pm Reply

    Lol.
    It’s “SANTA CRUISE ALL”

  5. Justice
    September 27, 2017 at 4:01 pm Reply

    First it was three prisoners, then seven and now 17 have been accepted . Now Francis is talking about 40. Why not be straight and truthful.

    But that Francis does not know if the prisoners are high risk, does not know what crimes they are convicted of and does not know how long they will be here for when he has agreed to accept them displays a high level of incompetence and seriously questions his credibility as a national security minister.

  6. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 4:03 pm Reply

    It’s unclear what crimes they were convicted for. To me I would want to know what crimes you committed. I would want to know what, where, when, who,how etc.
    Jab en sac

  7. Nerve gas
    September 27, 2017 at 4:10 pm Reply

    Everytime this minister speaks,tells me how clueless he is when comes to crime and national security.so you took a trip to Dominica Sir,what was the purpose of that trip????.one thing with you’ll every opportunity to jump ship you’ll in dat.
    A bunch of jokers

  8. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 4:14 pm Reply

    The problem I have with you Mr prime minister speaks the truth, and the truth shall set you free.

  9. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 4:24 pm Reply

    Don’t be navie st lucian Mr Mister not doing that for free he getting a insensitive for that come on.put on you’ll thinking cap it doesn’t sound right.

  10. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 27, 2017 at 4:31 pm Reply

    They should build a special wing at Bordelais, just for lying politicians….has to be very large though.

    1. Anonymous
      September 28, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

      666…you might be the first in line….lol. Good to have comedians like you who keep us smiling and keeping it positive, I do not want to be part of your number in anyway….lol

      New Testament Verse of the Day:

      “For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

      – Matthew 11: 30

  11. aLucian
    September 27, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply

    “People are saying high risk. I have not seen anything indicating that they are high risk. All I’ve been told is that they’re prisoners that needs shelter.”

    BCF Programmes Manager said they were high-risk. That memo that was in the UK media just after Hurricane Irma said they were high-risk. Either both of these sources are LYING or you, Mr Francis, did not get the memo. Or maybe YOU are the one lying. Y’all politicians (red & yellow; black & white) not easy at all.

  12. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 4:35 pm Reply

    I would like to know how many people complained when 40 prisoners from Grenada were brought here after the hurricane. How many people complained when St Lucian prisoners were sent to Grenada after the prison fire. I thought the prime minister said he told Britiah government he could housed 50 prisoners from the Bvi. I can’t recall he said it wouldn’t only be 3 prisoners and nothing more I know he said 3 will be coming from the T&C. Everything the ruling party does is a problem for those routing for testing other party. If St Lucia was hit by a disaster affecting the prison we would be happy for another country to housed our prisoners for us than living in fear that they are on the lose

    1. Anonymous
      September 27, 2017 at 7:30 pm Reply

      Oh shut the hell up idiot,Grenada OECS we have a right to help,Dominca same hope you get some monies too for that message.

    2. Anonymous
      September 30, 2017 at 4:30 am Reply

      From the Uk i saw him say on tv it’s only 3 coming to st.lucia

  13. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 5:09 pm Reply

    Wow
    We are accepting prisoners and not knowing what crimes they committed
    I can’t believe what I just read.

    1. Anonymous
      September 27, 2017 at 7:00 pm Reply

      I was like seriously! I could not believe it my self. Who does he think he is fooling? Smdh. I really don’t get it with politicians. Why can’t they just come out with the truth at all times? Who in heaven’s name will accept someone into their home/country and not know who they accepting? Politicians boy, they take the cake. Yet still, I find myself going out to vote. Smh at myself.

      1. Anonymous
        September 30, 2017 at 4:36 am

        Also there’s space in st.lucia prison Because crime in st.lucia going unsolve that’s why,this PM st.lucia has right now has no respect for ST.LUCIAN’S he needs to go and take his DAD with him.

  14. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 5:15 pm Reply

    Someone In Their Right Mind Wouldn’t Even Think About Accepting Prisoners Likes Really Why Not Take The Elderly People From Dominica And Bring There Instead . Its Just Sad How The Ministers Are So Uneducated And Foolish .

  15. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 5:32 pm Reply

    u guys need to take a minute to think. There are so many “higher risk” criminals out on the streets of St. Lucia… we want to scream about foreign ones who are locked up. Most of you complaining here are the ones housing high risk individuals at your own homes, withholding the information against them, aiding and abetting their criminal acts. you live with them and want to complain about persons who are incarcerated, claiming them to be high risk. St. lucian prisoners have been housed overseas when the need arose. what did we say about it? did we remain silent in the past because of who the prime minister was???

    1. Anonymous
      September 30, 2017 at 4:40 am Reply

      You are correct, ST.Lucia needs to house all the criminals they have walking around in public right now

  16. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

    How ironic that a British military aircraft brought the prisoners to St. Lucia instead of taking them directly to Mother England. Again and again and again , Mother England has a legal and a moral duty to take charge of her dependencies. If prisoners were brought in to St. Lucia from sovereign States like Grenada or Dominica, this would have been understood quite easily. These countries have no ‘Mother Country’ to look after their affairs . I must confess, every time the Minister of National Security speaks, he comes across as being intellectually disabled. No wonder St. Lucia doesn’t have any well conceived plans to combat the wave of criminal activities.

    Vibz

    1. Anonymous
      September 28, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

      With all this back and forth and name calling, this anonymous writer is the only one (in my opinion) who hit the nail on the head. My only concern is that I believe that the British should have housed these prisoners themselves. They are in control of these territories and have a responsibility to assist with national security. If it had been Martinique or Guadeloupe going through this, I am 100% sure these prisoners would have been flown to France (it happens all the time)

      1. Anonymous
        September 30, 2017 at 4:47 am

        You right we helping house the UK prisoners and who is helping us solve all our unsolve crimes that has gone unsolved for years that why we has all that prison space available for international criminal on Holiday in st.lucia there are people in Other parts of the Caribbean with no bed to sleep and we making bed for criminals we should be ashame.

  17. The Crow
    September 27, 2017 at 5:50 pm Reply

    [email protected]@P! Look it! And Hurricane Allen said “it is only three” we are getting!

  18. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Here we go again, they are now converting the island into a penal c0lony to harbour convicts who should be looked after by the former colonial masters.

    1. Anonymous
      September 30, 2017 at 5:01 am Reply

      Yes you right they have not paid us all that money that we should have gotten after slavery of our people UK don’t help us at all. St.lucia we need to create new political parties two is not the way and we need younger people in politics those older people leading are leading the old fashion we need new ideas not old ones,LPM and other start rising guys st.lucia needs new ideas and new leaders our new parties our age group is 18-45 membership age let’s take st.lucia out of the hands of the rich and into the hands of people that care,first thing is to go back all the monies UK has taken out of st.lucia from the slave days they need to pay all the banks and insurance companies they are the one we need to target because they still have interest in the Caribbean but remember it takes the whole Caribbean to come together to get this moving.

  19. Jay
    September 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm Reply

    Why is St. Lucia accepting prisoners when they can’t even manage with their own criminals. Stop playing hero and let the counties that are better equipped with services and man power to help. There’s nothing wrong in saying we would love to help but our current situation does not allow us to do so efficiently and effectively. Let the bigger countries deal with these issues …they have the space, funds, adequate security measures and sufficient man power to handle these hardened criminals.🙏🙏🙏🙏

  20. Fuked up
    September 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

    Have they ever gone to visit our local prisioners….

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  22. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply

    Stupid move

  23. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 9:59 pm Reply

    Most of the prisoners brought here this week are serving time for murder. I have just made it easier for the seemingly clueless minister.

  24. Anonymous
    September 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm Reply

    That should have veen asked and subject to a public vote if the people want that at all

  25. Patriotic
    September 28, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply

    How much is the British Government giving us to house their prisoners at the BCF? That is the real story. Film at 11.

  26. I have a heart
    September 28, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply

    Here’s my 2 cents… I believe that we should have taken the sick, elderly and children. Those persons are more deserving and in need of water, food, shelter and clothing. And not from the BVI or T&C but from Dominica. These prisoners should be the ones rebuilding and cleaning the island, not getting luxuries that they do no deserve at our expense!

    1. Anonymous
      September 30, 2017 at 5:04 am Reply

      Yes right

  27. DIZZY
    September 28, 2017 at 8:09 am Reply

    Evacuate everybody else and leave the prisoners there. That’s how I see it. Pull out every plane and every vessel and call it prison island. Every month drop a ration from an over-passing plane and let them fight for it. We can even take our prisoners and put them there too. Make it our new oecs and caricom prison island. The Caribbean alcatraz.

  28. Anon1
    September 28, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply

    This Government and its Ministers are JOKERS!

    You mean to tell me as an ex Commissioner and current Security Minster you never thought of asking nature of the crimes these people committed!?!

    And you’ve actually made the above statement!

    Which actually demonstrates your incompetence and lack of common sense.

    1. Alex
      September 28, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

      Because Hermangild is a cackalack

      1. Anonymous
        September 30, 2017 at 5:09 am

        Don’t call him that we men love that and it’s an insult to all our [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] out there call him something else like examples like [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] , [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] don’t even call him dickhead ladies love it all the [REMOVED BY ST. LUCIA TIMES] you can get call him because he and his PM is same people

  29. Anonymous
    September 28, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply

    I second the motion!

  30. Anonymous
    September 28, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    I agree with you 100%

  31. Anonymous
    September 29, 2017 at 5:35 am Reply

    please remember at one time we brought in donkeys we never complained it was ok but to house humans its a big deal

  32. Anonymous
    October 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

    You can’t tell a high risk prisoner by waiting them Mr so you just like our pm lies

  33. Anonymous
    October 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Me myself and i…so many poor people right underneath the prime minister’s nose..and the dont give a dam..mew mem key caltay ba guy sa woyyy

  34. Anonymous
    October 1, 2017 at 1:01 pm Reply

    Imagine the leaders of our country keep on telling lies to us.
    After 3 to 40 prisoners what’s next

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