The leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has expressed disappointment in the way the blackmail matter involving government minister, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond, has ended.
Raymond said this week that he had accepted apologies from two young ladies who were charged with blackmailing him.
He told reporters he is happy that the case is now closed.
Curshaby Alexander and Kershel Louis, who were both 18 at the time, were arrested in 2017 after nude photos of Raymond were leaked online.
The leader of the LPM told St Lucia Times he believes the way the matter ended sends the wrong message to young women.
“It also says if you are privileged or if you are a member of government or you are part of a ruling party, you don’t have to face any serious charges or any repercussions for whatever happened, which only Ubaldus and the young lady really know what went down,” Prudent declared.
“It also tells me that the Prime Minister himself who promised us that he was going to do his own investigation never had any plans to do any investigation. Up to now we have not heard what the results were supposedly going to be,” he stated.
“We have a situation of an apology and it is all over,” Prudent observed.
He said it sends a very bad signal to every young woman in this country and every present and future minister of government that they can engage in such conduct and not be made to suffer any consequences.
Prudent recalled that from the inception he felt that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet should have asked Doctor Raymond to step aside pending an investigation.
“And based on whatever the results of the investigation were, then we could clearly say ‘He should be reinstated’ or ‘He should not be reinstated’, and I think the Prime Minister – the onus is on him as the leader of our government and the country to have taken a stronger line,” he told St Lucia Times.
Prudent asserted that Chastanet’s attitude seemed to suggest that it was no big deal and because Raymond was a member of the cabinet, everyone would surround him and protect him.