Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, has denied that the transfer of a senior police officer was linked to concerns related to the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).

There have been reports that the head of the immigration department, Sean Alexander, was moved to one of the out stations allegedly because of not moving expeditiously enough on the granting of travel documents under the CIP.

One source told St Lucia Times that Alexander would not ‘rubber stamp’ the process and in some instances refused to give clearance for passports to be issued due to alleged discrepancies.

According to the source, the head of Special Branch, Burton Deterville, had also been transferred for reasons connected to the CIP process.

But Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, contacted by St Lucia Times for comment on the reports, said he was not aware of Deterville being transferred.

“Mr. Deterville proceeded on leave as far as I know and he is due to return sometime I think, in October,” Moncherry disclosed.

He said a determination will be made regarding what happens thereafter when Deterville returns.

In respect of Sean Alexander, the Police Chief explained that as part of the force’s succession plan and the plans for Alexander in the future, he was sent to gain an out station experience.

He noted that Alexander spent most of his time in the drug squad, CID and immigration.

“I needed him to get some out station experience, so he was transferred for that reason. I had a discussion with Mr. Alexander before he was transferred. It has nothing to do, as far as I know, with CIP or any such thing.”

Moncherry said he has never had any problems with Alexander at the immigration department.

“As far as I am concerned, he did a very good job while he was there – he was very effective. I have never had any complaints. I have never had any problems with him. As a matter of fact, I was the one who effected that transfer. I had a discussion with Mr. Alexander. We spoke. It had nothing to do with CIP or any such thing,” Moncherry told St Lucia Times.

The Police Chief asserted that transfers are fully within the purview of the Police Commissioner and have nothing to do with any outside source or agency.

Just this week the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party reiterated concern over the due diligence process within the CIP.

SLP spokesman on investment and Castries South MP, Doctor Ernest Hilaire, has said that there are reasons to be concerned about the management of the process.

“We have noticed the ranking and the rating Saint Lucia has gotten from agencies in relation to our due diligence and we have said to the government that the changes they were making would undermine the programme ,” he explained.

 

 

 

9 COMMENTS

  1. Comissioner I am appalled by the amount of ‘IT’ coming from your mouth. I am not suprised if you don’t believe your own self. I smell a rat.

  2. Yeah right, if you’re not convinced of your own story, you expect us to believe that crap. You yourself under pressure from the powers that be, so sing their tune but we in it, so we know better

  3. Liar Liar Liar. Mate can lie. Alexander’s transfer was the most abrupt is recent time. And for Burton, he ain’t coming back cause he failed to many of the would be cash CIP cows. That wasn’t sitting well with the government. Boy boy boy. I feel sorry for the inept police force. Cannot even stand their ground and do the right thing. Dennery has not had someone of Alexander’s position for a long time. So Monchery’ excuse is pure bull. Why leave immigration without a head. The secret is that he will be replaced soon by a rubber stamp. It’s currently being manufactured at Tim’s rubber stamp AKA the public service.

  4. Am! Okay well boy here we go again police news.burton is on vacation living his life from january and only now he made news lol.

  5. Everything is politics….Earnest and his t……are trying to tanish the reputation of yet another commissioner. The force is divided also on political lines…Check some of the boyx that are there because of Ken Knee.

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