Antigua Minister sacked after London arrest

Antigua Observer:-The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has announced that he has advised the Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams to revoke immediately the appointment from the Cabinet, of Tourism and Investment Minister, Asot Michael pending the outcome of his arrest Monday morning by the Metropolitan Police in London.

Prime Minister Browne is presently in Jordan on his way back to Antigua from Montenegro where he led a government delegation to an international conference on Citizenship by Investment.

The Prime Minister advised that he received news from Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner in London, Karen-Mae Hill, that she had been informed that Mr. Michael was arrested on his arrival in England Monday morning.

“While I have no firm details of the reasons for Mr. Michael’s arrest, the arrest itself is sufficient for me to revoke immediately his appointment as a Cabinet member and to relieve him of all Ministerial portfolios until this matter is resolved,” PM Browne said.

The Prime Minister declared: “I have repeatedly stated that I expect every member of my government to comply with the highest possible standards required of public office, and while Mr. Michael might establish his innocence in time, the fact that he has been arrested, obliges me to relieve him of all government duties”.

“I undertake to release other information regarding Mr. Michael’s arrest as it is brought to my attention.”


  1. Anonymous
    October 23, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    Brown u ain’t no why they lock the man up u already release him of his duty, u’ll quick to bow to them big Giants u should investigate before u act .wmvv

  2. Curious
    October 24, 2017 at 12:01 am

    Anonymous don’t be too naive. Caribbean politicians and prime ministers are very tricky in that regard and largely lack ethics and standards. The protectionist and survival game.

    Yes! Interesting! So why did Browne move so quickly? Well, very likely Browne was aware of the situation and didn’t have the guts to relieve the Minister either playing for time or hoping the matter would blow away. Caribbean politicians again! As the London police move in Browne must have seen the end of the rope and now rush to play ethical. This scenario I am just suggesting. But not far etched though.

  3. Anon1
    October 24, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Karen-Mae Hill knows why his was arrested Met Police don’t arrest people with out giving a reason ( whether it’s a bogus or not).

  4. Anonymous
    October 24, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Who’s next on the London wanted list? Ministers from Saint Lucia?

  5. Anonymous
    October 24, 2017 at 11:07 am


  6. Koko Makac
    October 24, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    If his detention by the British authorities was due to Antigua’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) then all tourism and investment Ministers from the OECS better beware.

  7. You can Toof
    October 24, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Yet the UWP is a Den of thieves where No one gets fired.