Thursday, September 29, 2022

Charges Dropped Against Hilaire In Range Rover Saga, PM Says ‘The System Has Worked’

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The Range Rover saga involving Castries South MP Dr. Ernest Hilaire has taken a new twist, with charges against the former Saint Lucia High Commissioner in the UK being dropped.

In 2020, Customs Officers armed with a warrant detained Hilaire’s Range Rover Sport amid claims that there were irregularities in the importation of the vehicle.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday morning, Hilaire explained that the parties had begun mediation on the matter. And he said the Magistrate involved could not understand how such an issue was before the courts.

“We started mediation before the elections, of course there was a break for the elections because of me being a candidate. We had mediation yesterday and of course the mediation process resolved the matter and we came to court today to inform the court and basically the Comptroller of Customs withdrew the charges and having withdrawn the charges agreed that my vehicle should be returned to me and be released by tomorrow,” he disclosed.

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“I think the Customs have agreed that they will have to settle the compensation that’s involved for loss of use and of course the lawyers will meet with Customs and deal with those matters,” the Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information explained.

“It may be that mediation is the route that we go but I did file a suit against Peter Chiquot in his personal capacity for malfeasance in public office and sued for damages. I think it has to go ahead.”

“It was an assessment done by two previous Comptrollers that there was really no basis for the claims that were made by the then Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and his party and of course, they really took the action because I dared them to come for the vehicle,” Hilaire asserted.

He said he knew his rights and had done nothing wrong.

“But they wanted to prove a point that even if I had done nothing wrong they were going to make me pay and even if it means that the state now has to pay significant amounts of money.”

“They were going to hurt me because I dared Allen Chastanet and Guy Joseph by waving my key saying ‘I have done nothing wrong. Come for the keys if you-all want’.”

Hilaire said he was fortunate that he had friends who stood up for him.

“Bu the average Saint Lucian who doesn’t have the kind of support I had, what do they go through?”

Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre attended the court session on Thursday as ‘ a friend and colleague’ of Hilaire.

“We believe that justice must be had for everybody in the country. So Dr. Hilaire made himself present at court so the system can work. We believe that no man is above the law and every man has to be treated equally when it comes to the law,” he told reporters.

“We are very satisfied that the system has worked,” Pierre declared.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. @Blessed Was it not Chastanet who was with a witch doing some weird religious ceremony on national tv before the 2016 elections?

  2. lol this case was just political victimization on the part of the former PM. So i hope all those complaining about corruption are also concerned about the 7.3 million vaccine money and the pajoah letter issues, right?

  3. @Blessed we are already the most corrupt in the Caribbean. The trade has found itself in lawyers pockets, politicians, the man on the street ect.. This is a dirty little island where the smart ones are flying away from. Lucians have no respect in the Caribbean. How could they, when people know we vote for and ” situ-way” criminals? Most of the young women in st lucia look lost. lots of them have rasta head, high on weed, small baby on the arm. tell me, is that the future of the island? yes it is. the corrupt members of the SLP have no class or plan. tell me how they going to represent st lucia anywhere, when all those people know the dirt they dealing with! st lucia has a government with no respect inside st lucia and out of it. no way can this country prosper under them! sad. but the truth must be said.

  4. One of these days, St. Lucia will be known as the most corrupt country in the world. The criminals will have the last say. Our young people will all go astray and the few good ones will either go away or be too afraid to leave home. Things will be so bad that we will not be able to keep up with the rest of the Caribbean. Then, we will look for a saviour or our Lord God will punish us severely. The devil is alive in St. Lucia. Many people including the person who always defend the SLP party on this platform slept with the devil in order to have the SLP in power.

  5. There’s a big pic that non of the arsewholes on here are seeing…Y’all voted them inn for their promise that they’d put the ppl first…now they have the power to manipulate the shitstem…what they do?..milk it..Christopher “go boudeh” Hunte case thrown and he’s now counter sueing…Dog on the Hill case thrown away and now he counter sueing when they said the coffers were EMPTY EMPTY EMPTY ..why did Pierre have to attend the matter?..because he knew his status and presence would intimidate those money makes the mare fly magistrate…Chas had all the rights to call y’all jackass if he actually did….now ask y’all selves these question…..are these thieves really for y’all?

  6. I’m sure that was tax payers money and not his he used to pay his Jeep debt and now we have to work more to pay extra taxes now. Such is this corrupted government now

  7. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
    🩸 🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸🩸
    St. Lucia

  8. The government promulgates we are in an impecunious situation, yet Hilaire will accept state funds.
    Wow. I am all set with SIDS politicians.

  9. Pjp you and your cabinet trouble for st lucia the criminals and covid19 will teach you a serious lesson wow what a system..even the blind can see st lucia in sh….street wow Wow wow just shaking my head

  10. Chastanet as leader of the opposition should appeal this decision. Karma is real bitch! hope he is ready when it hit up next!

  11. They waited for St. Lucia’s type of justice system to speak, now, let Scotland yard and and UK Customs do follow through with their part… It’s not over till it’s really over, Helair.

  12. @corruption at large. It was fraudulent evasion for true because he was entitled to only one concession which he used to buy a vehicle for his brother. He then enticed tafawa williams to use his concession which he facilitated by making him a diplomat at ILO with juffali. Willy boy purchased the second vehicle in his name for he liar. Willy boy’s reward for his part in deceiving the uk government will be minister councillor at tgr high commission

  13. @ Highrade you are beneath me. You are a low life party hack clown. All you know is insults. Did I go up for election? Why should I accept defeat you fool. I am my own boss. Learn to comprehend to illiterate.

  14. I could never vote or support any of the two political parties never ever we are living in a corrupt dirty stinking Babylon system

  15. @ g.w. Is the final court not the Privy Council? Unless you decide to go republic and make CCJ your final court. Let me know.

  16. Highrade you only choose to troll and insult people so you are the real Jackass. Make a meaningful contribution for once and get you head out of Philip and He Liar’s ass. Learn to comprehend. You keep showing that you are a red hack who sees red. Who is hiding from you? Oh please. My life doesn’t exist on SL Times.

    • ……..I don’t comment for likes, I comment to counteract your dislikes…I comprehend your dysfunctionalities very well of which I have classed you an enemy of this state. RED and proud of it . Your life may not exist on SL Times, but SL Times is your life.

  17. An advice to all importers of vehicle (among everything), you do not need a transaction invoice to clear goods anymore in St Lucia, contrary to WTO/WCO legislation. I repeat, in St Lucia you do not need a transaction invoice for the importation of goods anymore. New precedent set at Customs St Lucia. I hope the opposition takes this matter to the Privy Council and what will be most embarrassing for the Comptroller is when the UK charges Hilaire for fraudulent evasion. From inception the matter was being handle by the Customs administration collectively. However, the decision was done without the involvement of other Administrative Officer. Is it true that 2 Customs administrative Officer were promised confirmation in their post including the comptroller?

  18. A new acting comptroller was not needed to get the job done. Neither did a new government. The then acting comptroller for almost 30 years knew it was wrong hence the reason she choose integrity over power/money. #straight. What happens to all the humiliation she got? What happens to her passion for the customs department. All you all think about is politics

  19. I would like to know what happen to the then acting controller of customs who was transferred after spending almost 30 years of dedicated service in customs? She was mentally stressed, humiliated because she refused to take the vehicle.
    HILAIRE NEVER HAD TO PAY DUTIES IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!

    I WONDER HOW MUCH CHIQUOT GOT PAID and where was Sherman Enamuel at the time they took the Vehicle. (He was the one leading group)

  20. He liar who you fooling πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚go enjoy the vehicle that you would die if you didn’t get. On this island you’ve proven to us that it’s who you know and how you know them.

    Y’all will finish to nothing. Allen and Guy you worried about πŸ™„ smh. Time and Karma takes no hostages.

    Watch the hacks in this thread πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€·πŸΎβ€β™€οΈso funny. I guess the Range Rover filled y’all pansπŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

  21. Both sides deal in these vindictive plans. They both conspire to deny people an opportunity to thrive, as long as these people are on the other side of the fence. Ordinary citizens cannot always defend themselves against the vultures. Hillaire had the benefit of Antoine, Lorne and Leslie so he could come out of this mess smelling like a rose. I don’t support Hillaire but I also don’t appreciate his opponents attempting to destroy him with little mickey mouse accusations. If you have incontrovertible evidence, then make it known in a manner that all and sundry can understand. Hilaire is more intelligent than over half of the UWP losers, so why then would he commit such a senseless error. And even if he had made an error, it had to be more procedural than emphatic. He served in the High Commission’s Office. After all, he should be entitled to some perks and privileges. Not only him, but all those who served in such high office.

  22. Corruption corruption! Where is Stevenson King?! Part of the corruption. First the case of Christopher Hunte was dropped now Hilaire case is dropped within couple of months into office. Priority over the little man who has cases years and cannot get the case to be heard. Wow. Politics!. One lawyer says one thing then another says another then you have the majestrate. No wonder the average man cannot get labour dept to be on their side cause it is all about power. And some of you talking about St Lucia following B’dos and going Republic. With this kind of corruption going on here people must be reminded that the CCJ will be the final court and that makes up lawyers friends and families of the caribbean with Mario Mitchel being one of the magistrate.

  23. To all those crying foul, what did you say when Allen was brought before the courts for the unauthorized use of the Soufriere Foundation funds? When his party came in to power, did you hear anything about that? Not a peep! And by the way, there was absolutely NO evidence (except those trumped up by the UWP) of any bobol on the part of Honorable Hilaire.

  24. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Hilly don’t take back the Range. It’s devalued already take compensation for it buy a new Range and drive it to parliament every day and make them bawl those yellow alligator tears 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 AND MAKE SuRE YOU FILE SUIT AGAINST CHASTANET AND THE TEEFING COOLIE.

  25. Okay now the one who bought it in his name will get his big position at the high commission in London where he can do more ripping off. Good job will I ams.

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  27. From the night of the elections (July 26) I knew this would be the outcome. Get into power, a new acting Comptroller and the job is done. So Hilaire looks good. If Chastanet was in opposition and the same thing happened and he won government, the same thing would happen. THATS HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS – FOR THE POLITICEANS BUT NEVER FOR THE ORDINARY MAN.

  28. lol this is clearly a case of when you a minister in government that he has some basis of immunity and also the judge also maybe made a mockrey of those customs officers for wasting the courts time as well. Honestly customs has done alot of people wrong and there should be help for people like that which has been affected, these fellows just seizing your vehicle and they not giving you an opportunity to to pay what ever fees or at least come to a waiver or some form of agreement so you can get your vehicle but instead it just sits and rots at the port if they dont auction it off, now where is the sence in that?

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