Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with a report of kidnapping, Saint Lucia police have confirmed.
But but law enforcement officials say there was no mention by the complainant of the involvement of a government minister.
Police spokeswoman, Acting Corporal Anne Joseph, identified the men who were charged as Jonas James and Fanklyn Rambally.
Joseph said they were granted bail in the sum of $10,000 and $15,000.
She told reporters at a news conference Monday that the report of the kidnapping was made to the Gros Islet Police Station.
“We’ve received information that it was published that the matter was not taken down formally as a report and that is not correct,” Joseph said.
She explained that the matter was taken down as a formal report, an investigator assigned and an interview immediately conducted.
“Subsequently a statement was recorded from the victim of that matter,” Joseph disclosed.
She told reporters that the individual took part in two identification procedures after which the two arrests were made.
The police spokeswoman disclosed that one individual as charged the same day, Thursday August 15, 2019, and the second was charged the following day.
In regard to claims that a government minister had been implicated, Joseph said when the individual made the report there was no mention of any adverse or untoward behaviour on the part of any minister of government or MP.
“No one was reported in this matter as having done anything untoward – anything illegal,” she observed.
“What we can say is if this individual has any further details that he wishes to offer the police he is free to make a report at the Gros Islet Police station and that will be investigated,” Joseph said.
She noted that in the statement to the police the individual never made mention of any minister’s involvement.
The police statement follows news reports that a man was kidnapped, taken to an isolated farm and beaten after being accused of committing a burglary at a woman’s house.