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Brandt released from remand and back on bail

by Bennette Roach, London.

Bail Revoked, Brandt on remand, jailed, until? Was the headline in the TMR’s publication of July 5, 2019,  which began, “This lingering high court criminal matter has been described on Tuesday in one report as follows: “The High Court of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court has ordered another ‘interesting twist’ in the case the Queen vs David S. Brandt.”

David S. Brandt

– a trial is set to begin on November 18, 2019, but meantime the judge issues ‘directive’ to stop comments on the case.

Now, yesterday originating in Antigua:

The link from July 2019 at the beginning of this story gives an extensive and somewhat detailed as to Brandt was put on remand where he has been until the breaking news. The case has been somewhat a saga with several attempts including appeals to undo the remand order and which included a new judge eventually forced to recuse from the trial.

See here: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/brandts-trial-to-begin-february-28/ another rundown as to how the matter went before we would say, COVID-19 intervened and the opportunity to end the remand and save GoM some expense from the Lockdown that ensued. That supposedly ended altogether yesterday, ‘maybe’, while it was eased earlier, there continued a curfew just ended.

The conditions of this ‘new’ bail include, among others; Mr. Brandt is to restrict his residence to his home in Olveston; he must have no contact any female under the age of 18; He must not entertain or have any interviews on the case/matter; he must have no direct or indirect contact with any jurors once the juror list is published (and he is in possession).  

The trial is now scheduled to commence on September 28.

Listen below to ZJB – Radio Montserrat’s full report:

Dr. David Dorsett, Brandt’s attorney primarily in Constitutional matters

Attorney-at-law Warren Cassell who initially provided the breaking news information, informed, “Dr. Dorsett did an excellent job in representing him from Antigua at bail hearing which was via Zoom.”

In a comment, Cassell ‘imagined how upset the DPP will be when he hears the news…..” It was probably that which drew some comments, like “For all those who talking negatively about Mr. Brandt, call on God and ask Him to deal with us the way we deserve then sit back and look. NONE will be spared……remember that.” “…everyone needs to be treated fairly; ” ”a he axx that. Everyone needs to be treated fairly.”

“The vipers them already stirring up. Everyone deserves a Fair trial. When u guys coming for people come good. Have you facts and all your Ts cross. When you assuming no carry it a court. I wonder how the High Court that doesn’t have anything to do with Montserrat favoritism is doing anything hypocritical.”

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This death of another black man reached deep…

The Montserrat Reporterhttps://www.facebook.com/themontserratreporter

Presented by Bennette Roach

from TMR Facebook page

George Floyd and his girlfriend

So sad!! This may not have been the worst, but the wilfulness, the torture, the obvious suffering makes it so…and if all that is being brought to light is true the cop and others should be charged with the first degree … Just sad about the few and the extreme reactions, but what did the DTp do, just incite with what his cronies called, ‘eloquence’. How sad!
The following was shared :
He called out to his Mom …. who died 2 years ago on the same day 😭😭😭😭😭 RIP
Handcuffed.
Fac…See More

Face Down.
Knee on his neck.
They did nothing.

He called the officer “Sir.”
They did nothing.

He begged for his life.
He begged for water.
He begged for mercy.
They did nothing.

His nose bled.
His body trembled.
He lost control of his bladder.
They did nothing.

He cried out, “I can’t breathe.”
They did nothing.

Twelve more times.

“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”
“I can’t breathe.”

They did nothing.

One last time, he gasped, “I can’t breathe.”
They did nothing.

He lost consciousness.
They did nothing.

A firefighter demanded they check his pulse.
They did nothing.

Off duty medical personnel begged them to stop.
They did nothing.

Deprived of oxygen.
His organs screaming.
His brain frantic.
They did nothing.

They watched George Floyd die.
His life fading.
A slow death.
They did nothing.

A lynching on the ground.
They did nothing.

For eight agonizing minutes.
Four officers watched.

He cried out for his Mom…
A grown man…
Crying out for the woman who gave him life…
As he feared joining her in death.
And still, they did nothing.

A black man.
A gentle giant.
Murdered because he was black.
And still, they’ve done nothing..

The officers should be arrested.
And still, they’ve done nothing.

REST IN PEACE 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

May justice be served.

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Brandt’s trial to begin February 28

David Samuel Brandt, prominent Montserrat attorney-at-law may well make the history books, not because it was so desired by the accusers or the perpetrated prosecutors, nor his prominence of being a well-loved and long-serving politician, for Chief Minister, but for the length of time sexual charges, repeatedly said to be very serious ones, finally has a date set for trial and confirmed to begin on February 28, 2020; while languishing in jail for bail revoked and refused.

Lawyer David Brandt

But, prosecutors and judges have and will say it was his efforts to stall the charges in the courts that cause the delay in a trial date.

Dr. David Dorsett, Brandt’s lawyer primarily in Constitutional matters

This trial has its beginning from over ten years ago with the arrest and charges laid in September, 2015, Since then it’s been up and down, in and out trial of David Brandt who is facing charges on several counts of child exploitation of underaged girls. Now a new judge has been named and has already had chamber hearings into the matter, with quiet and unconfirmed information that the hearing may not actually begin in earnest for yet another two to three months. The question posed to the informer, is it possible that the unusual bail revocation be reversed, as it is unusual enough already in the circumstances to help make the court history books.

The date which had been set since last year and again earlier this year is February 28, 2020. His Lordship the Hon Justice Rajiv Persad from Trinidad is the new judge who replaces Justice Gareth Evans, and who was brought (sent in) following Justice Morley both of whom had been recused from the Brandt trial. Justice Persad who practices in Trinidad has reportedly served on previous occasions in the East Caribbean Supreme Court arena.

This matter has reached this stage after the lengthy preliminary battles against the charges and the process from the magistrate’s court to now.

Recusals (Morley and Evans)

Judge Iain Morley
Judge Gareth Evans

As reported earlier Justice Morley first installed for the trial was recused, doing so willingly. But, his replacement Justice Gareth Evans after revoking Brand’s bail and remanding him to prison, was later also requested to recuse himself from the Brandt matters. He refused to be recused in a 90 clause long Ruling which was delivered within half an hour of the end of the hearing. See – https://www.themontserratreporter.com/second-judge-off-the-brandt-trial/

Dr. David Dorsett, Brandt’s legal representative in one of his Constitutional challenges, had also appealed the judge’s decision in the matter.  Her Ladyship the Hon. Mde. Louise Esther Blenman, Justice of appeal on October 23, 2019, heard the matter and ruled: (1) the request that bail be considered by another High Court judge is refused.

(2) That the criminal trial of the appellant (Brandt) be presided over by a judge of the High Court other than Justice Evans, pending the hearing and determination of the appeal against him, refusing to recuse himself from the trial…

Brandt did not comply with case management directions to file written submissions on the issue of admissibility of the evidence obtained from his seized telephone. Instead, he filed a fixed date claim seeking inter alia declarations that: (i) his right to privacy under section 9 of the Constitution of Montserrat [the •constitution] was contravened; (ii) the search of his cell phones without prior authorisation was unlawful and unconstitutional; and (iii) the evidence obtained from the search of his cell phones is inadmissible as evidence against him.

The learned judge Evans dismissed the claim, found that the use of the court’s jurisdiction to grant relief under the Constitution in the circumstances was wholly inappropriate and constituted an abuse of process.

The Fixed Claim hearing and eventual bail revocation

Last year June, it was just days (Friday to Tuesday) after that matter, the bail revocation was ordered, the decision in the foregoing matter coming sometime later the Antiguan lawyer Dr. Dorsett filed an appeal on Brandt’s behalf. Following this also, was the request for Evans to recuse himself when on grounds that he had shown and practiced bias in the matters following hearing of the cell phone issues and the matter that lead to the bail revocation, a matter that in part was held ‘ex parte’ Brandt in the first instance and the next with one of his early attorney’s, but allegedly without being able to contest or inquire into anything at that hearing. It was after that episode that Brandt’s bail was revoked.

Dr. Dorsett files appeal after judge’s refusal to recuse himself, but withdraws on Court’s ‘advice’

In order to file an appeal, we learned that the lawyer had requested the transcript on that hearing which was redacted. Justice Evans having refused to recuse himself the matter was eventually set to be heard by the Appeal Court, but was dismissed when according to Dr. Dorsett, he withdrew the appeal based on an ‘announcement’ by the Court when it sat on January 27, 2020, here in Montserrat.

Following that decision with Justice Evans finally gone from the Brandt’s trial, Dr. Dorsett speaking with the media, said, he was “happy as a lark”. He said he knew that the matter would end up favourable because Justice Blenman had issued the initial order, having read his submissions and Justice Evans’ ruling on his request for his recusal. In the said ruling Evans had written in one instance, regarding Dorsett’s submissions, “The contentions are weak to the point of being fanciful.”

Justice Evans had concluded his ruling (one that was not intended to be public) in the 87th paragraph, wrote:I reject that contention for the following reasons: (a) The contentions are weak to the point of being fanciful. (b) They contain no scandalous or personal attacks upon me.

“I am happy as a lark. From the time the matter got on appeal before justice Blenman the tide started to turn in our favor. I mean I don’t want to be critical of a judge, but every time before, everything we did, he (Evans) said I was wrong; I mean he criticized me in ways in which some was suggesting I was an incompetent lawyer, didn’t know what I was doing, like I was some scamp…,” Dorsett said, citing his record,  competency and commenting further that the Judge should not make a judgement and want it to be secret.

He contended – “… we are saying going forward, we must have an assurance that a court proceeding with the matter is unbiased. As a matter a fact as a matter of appearance, appearance is what matters. The people of Montserrat is entitled to look up on a Court and feel confident that fairness is being done and  seen to  be done; and we are not talking about what the people of England think is fair, but what the people in Davy Hill think and Olveston and other parts of Montserrat think…”

Meantime, other than being charged and already being in jail for four months –

Judge dismisses Attorney’s Request for bail

This item was reported by ZJBNews. The High Court of Justice on Montserrat has refused an application for re-admittance to bail in the case against prominent Attorney David S Brandt.

Mr. Brandt on November 18th asked that the court consider reinstating bail, after Justice Gareth Evans in July ordered that the attorney’s bail be revoked.  The judge said this was in response to four years of stalled tactics by Brandt’s attorneys. Mr. Brandt was incarcerated and based on this ruling would remain in custody until his trial.

Dr. David Dorsette appeared for Mr. Brandt via zoom link, while Attorney Henry Gordon held papers for Annesta Weekes QC for the Crown who appeared later by Zoom Link. His Acting Lordship, the Honourable Stanley John presided over the matter.

Charged with several counts of sexual exploitation of underage girls, including having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 16 years. He was to be tried originally on November 18th, but the court ruling now means that a new date will have to be set for the trial.

The Constitutional Appeal

It was at the said sitting that the Civil Appeal in the matter of the seizure and search of Brandt’s cell phone was heard. The Court described the appeal thus: “The thrust of his (Brandt’s) appeal was that the learned judge erred in dismissing his claim as the search of his cell phones was in violation of his constitutional right to privacy and unlawful. Mr. Brandt also challenged the learned judge’s decision to make a costs order against him.”

After the decision was delivered later in St. Kitts, it was described by Dr. Dorsett as ‘a partial victory’.

Held: allowing the appeal in part; affirming the order as to costs made in the court below; and awarding costs of the appeal to the respondents at the rate of one-half of the amount assessed in the court below, that:

1. The recourse to the Constitution for a declaration that the search of the cell phones was unconstitutional was an abuse of process as effective alternative means of redress were available to the appellant in the circumstances to challenge the use of the evidence gathered from such search.

2. (per Michel JA and Webster JA [Ag.]) The search of the appellant’s cell phones was unlawful but did not breach his constitutional right to privacy.

3. The finding by the court below that the claim was an abuse of process satisfied the requirement under rule 56.13 of the Civil Procedure Rules 2000 that the appellant had acted unreasonably in making the application and the exercise of discretion by the judge below should not be disturbed.

4. The matter is remitted to the High Court for assessing the costs of the proceedings in the High Court and costs of the appeal are awarded to the respondents in the amount of one-half of the amount assessed as costs in the court below.

The trial to begin February 28

Brandt will now face his trial and it is here that he is expected to correct his approach and where he will have the opportunity as the appeal court notes, he can “challenge the use of the evidence gathered from such search.” at the beginning of his trial. It is then believed that matter will be the first order of business.

There is now late news that in another ‘private’hearing was the matter of a judge ordering an attorney be appointed to assist Brandt’s in his defence

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Follow the money

The following are just a few excerpts of an article subscribed to TMR and which we will publish fully in the next issue.

by Capt Inspector John

As you have already more than likely suspected by now, there exists a global crime syndicate that has been controlling the global banking system, and by extension, everything on the planet, for a long time. Irrefutable proof can be found in the bad guys’ playbook ‘Pawns In The Game’, written by William Guy Carr, a Canadian naval flag officer.
You will discover everything that has happened since 1774 is covered in this playbook. We know the global crime syndicate has drawn on this playbook, and used the exact same plays, for centuries. Carr documents it comes with documents and eye witness testimony.
It is always about the money.

The global crime syndicate is controlled by the Rothchild central banks. The Rothchild central banks are closely associated with the Vatican crime syndicate. The Jesuits, the military arm of the Vatican, controls the Vatican. The Jesuits control the city of London. The city of London controls the United States, the freemasons, and the Crown Temple B.A.R.

Other major players of the global crime syndicate include the Khazarian Mafia, Illuminati, Council of 300, Council on Foreign Relations, and the Bilderbergers. Collectively, these entities control every penny on the planet.
So what has this all got to do with David Brandt? Let me explain.

First off I will confess my favorable bias toward David Brandt. I was very close friends for years with his ( now deceased) brother Randy, while we both lived in St Thomas. I met Mr. Brandt, his wife, and his daughter in St. Thomas. I found them all to be very nice, honest, salt of the earth type folks, with no pretensions.

When Randy passed away, I contacted Mr. Brandt to inform him of the details. Since I had no contact info on Mr. Brandt, I contacted the Montserrat Reporter for assistance in getting this info to Mr. Brandt. Within 15 minutes of my sending that email, Mr. Brandt called me. I am grateful to the Montserrat Reporter for their amazing assistance in this matter. That is the last time I spoke to Mr. Brandt.

When Mr. Brandt was in St Thomas I offered a proposal. So, at the end of HPRP, I had a large group of vetted, seasoned, hard-working, professional contractors. This was shortly after the volcano blew, and Montserrat was desperate for housing.

I proposed to Mr. Brandt that I could bring these contractors to Montserrat to rebuild. We would be self-sufficient and would require no government assistance of any kind. Not a penny.

Mr. Brandt liked the idea. Sadly, he was unable to get past the British corruption to make that happen.

Follow the money. FYI, I just read the Montserrat Reporter editorials going back to 2015. There is no difference about the type of corruption, and who controls it, in any country on the planet. It is exactly the same in England, and the U.S., as it is in Montserrat.

Why? Nothing happens without the involvement of banks. Mr. Brandt could not get past the global crime syndicate control of everything. And that everything controlled what aid may be given to Montserrat.

My point, at all times, I derived from the facts, and discerned with my heart, that Mr. Brandt was deeply dedicated to the welfare of Montserrat, and its people. He did not ask anything for himself in my presence.

So! How is it, that in such a tiny place as Montserrat, that someone of the stature of David Brandt, could be charged with sexual misconduct 10 years ago, 5 years ago, and 1 year ago, and be incarcerated, and still have no trial, or conviction? Follow the money.

How is it possible to hide such crimes for so long in so small a place, by such a high profile figure? Follow the money.

I submit to you, that at the bottom of this story is pedophilia, human and child trafficking, aka white slavery. Why do I say this?

To be Continued

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Dominicans sentenced to 4 years in jail, file appeal

The washed-up sailing vessel is still sitting on the Rendezvous Bay rocks while its masters sit in the Montserrat jail after seeking help in their distress

On Friday, October 18, 2019, two 26-year and 34-year old Dominican men pleaded guilty to an indictment which read, “MARTIN JNO BAPTISTE and DANNY HENRY, between the 5th day of September, 2019 and the 12th day of September, 2019, did, for material benefit, arrange for an unauthorised migrant to enter the territory of St Maarten, knowing or being reckless as to whether such person was an unauthorised migrant.”

Following our report last week on the matter, the men’s Attorney-at-Law Warren Cassell had hinted he was seeking instructions to lodge an appeal in the matter.

The two men were arrested and finally charged after their boat had run aground, washed up on the rocks at Rendezvous Bay when they then called the Royal Montserrat Police Service for assistance.

In the grounds of appeal the lawyer stated:  
1. The learned judge erred when he failed to uphold the submissions made on behalf of the Appellants that the facts alleged against the appellants amounted to a criminal offence under the Penal Code of Montserrat.
 2.  The proceedings were a nullity by virtue of the fact: (a)   that there was no evidence alleged to demonstrate that there was a connection to Montserrat of the actus reus and mens reas of the offence of smuggling unauthorized migrants to St. Maarten.
(b)  The indictment is duplicitous on its face.
 3.  The Learned trial Judge erred in law when he permitted the Appellants to plead to the offence of Smuggling Unauthorized Migrants.
Besides Cassell added: “the Appellants reserve the right to add new grounds of appeal and amplifications when a transcript of the proceedings and of the learned trial Judge’s reasons for sentence is delivered to them.”
Both men were sentenced to four years in prison, after a second count against them was dropped.

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Leroy King makes 1st appearance in US court on fraud charges

Caribbean News Service https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/leroy-king-makes-1st-appearance-in-us-court-on-fraud-charges/

Former chief of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission in Antigua and Barbuda, Leroy King made his first appearance in a Texas court on Tuesday.

A media release from the United States Department of Justice on Tuesday announced Trial Attorney Brittain Shaw of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney and John Pearson of the Southern District of Texas are prosecuting the case.

Leroy King

King is the only remaining defendant in a $7 billion investment fraud scheme involving Stanford International Bank. He was extradited to the United States last week.

King, of Dickerson Bay, Antigua, had been a fugitive since 2009. He and R. Allen Stanford, the former chairman of the bank’s board of directors, were charged in the scheme.

King, 74, was indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and securities fraud; seven counts of wire fraud, 10 counts of mail fraud, one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and obstruction of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. He was also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering.

King’s indictment alleges he accepted more than $100,000 in bribes from Stanford in exchange for ignoring the actual value of the bank’s assets, the news release said. Authorities believe he also assisted Stanford and others in obstructing the SEC’s investigation into the bank.

Stanford was found guilty by a federal jury in June 2012 for his role in orchestrating the scheme over a 20-year period. Stanford misappropriated $7 billion from the bank to finance his personal business, the release said, and he is serving a 110-year prison sentence.

Five others were convicted for their roles in the scheme, receiving sentences ranging from three to 20 years in federal prison.

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Stepfather pleads guilty to raping 12-year-old child

Stepfather pleads guilty to raping 12-year-old child

by staff writer

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Nov 15, CMC – The High Court will sentence the stepfather of a 12-year-old child on January 24, next year after he pleaded guilty to having sex with her two years ago.

The man, who appeared before Justice Ian Morley admitted to having sex with his under-aged stepdaughter in 2017 and pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14 contrary to Section 5 of the Sexual Offences Act.

The court heard that the sexual offence occurred on December 17, 2017, but that he had been interfering with the child a year earlier.

Media reports said that the man, who was not named, continued having sexual intercourse with the child, who had a breakdown in class in January this year.

The girl told her classmate about her step-father and the man was subsequently arrested after her mother made a report to the police.

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Police kill suspect in the alleged rape of a 105-year-old woman

Police kill suspect in the alleged rape of a 105-year-old woman

by STAFF WRITER

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Nov. 3, CMC – A man who reportedly raped and sodomised a 105-year-old woman, was killed by the police on Saturday. 

The police report that the suspect, Miguel Edward, also known as Mad Max, was killed around 12 p.m. (local time).

Edward, who reportedly attacked the woman at her home earlier in the day, was killed as he attempted to flee to Martinique.

The police say he was about to board a boat and was fatally shot when he pulled a weapon on the law enforcement personnel. 

The police say, Edward was “a menace” and had been in and out of jail on several occasions.

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Dominicans sent to jail for trafficking persons across after their boat washed ashore in Rendezvous

Dominican men boat washed up on the Rendezvous bay rocks, was confiscated as supposedly having transported ‘unauthorised migrants

Over the past couple of weeks, the East Caribbean Supreme Court was busy in Montserrat with Justice Ian Morley, sitting in the high court some days as late as ten o’clock in the night, hearing criminal and civil matters.

One such matter among several criminal matters received urgent attention as two 26-year and 34-year old Dominican men traveling by boat between Dominica and St. Maarten, who called the Royal Montserrat Police Service (RMPS) for help when their boat ran aground among the rocks at Rendezvous Bay on the northwestern end of Montserrat.

Their call ended with the police in short order on 12th September, 2019, charging both men with two counts as follows:

(1) SMUGGLING MIGRANTS contrary to section 210(1) of the Penal Code, Cap 4.02; which says, “A person who arranges for an unauthorised migrant to enter Montserrat or any other state, if he or she—

(a) does so for a material benefit; and

(b) either knows that the person is, or is reckless as to whether the person is, an unauthorised migrant, commits an offence.” This carries a penalty as follows: “(3) A person who commits an offence under this section is liable on indictment to imprisonment for twenty years, a fine of $500,000 or both.”

The second count, “IMPORTATION OF A CONTROLLED DRUG contrary to section 5(3) of the Drug (Prevention of Misuse) Act, Cap 4.07, which reads: “(3) Any person who imports or exports controlled drugs contrary to subsection (1) shall be guilty of a drug trafficking offence and liable on conviction therefor to the penalties laid down in section 27.”

The indictments ‘particulars of offence’ read: “MARTIN JNOBAPTISTE and DANNY HENRY, between the 5th day of September, 2019 and the 12th day of September, 2019, did, for material benefit, arrange for an unauthorised migrant to enter the territory of St Maarten, knowing or being reckless as to whether such person was an unauthorised migrant.”

On Count Two, the ‘particulars of offence’ read: the two men – “on the 12th day of September, 2019, at Rendezvous Bay in the Overseas Territory of Montserrat, did import a controlled drug, to wit 32 seeds and particles of dry vegetable matter of the plant Cannabis Sativa.”

The RMPS had according to one report said that the two Dominican men who were rescued at sea last month were smuggling 24 Haitian migrants to St. Martin.

The Marine unit had discovered the vessel after it ran aground just north of Rendezvous in September. Police say an extensive search of the area was conducted by Marine

officers and officers from the integrated border security unit for the migrants. However, they were not found.

The report continued that police are uncertain whether or not the migrants were landed in Montserrat. The RMPS say the vessel MV Cats was also searched and portions of the plant Cannabis Sativa was found.

Both men appeared finally before Justice Morley on Friday, October 18 and pleaded guilty to the charges, following an outline by Justice Morley of a possible sentence both men would receive. During the week the matter had been called up several times when Attorney Warren Cassell who represented both men and made submissions to the court, where at one point regarding the statement given suggested to the court he would request a ‘voir dire’ (preliminary examination on oath of a proposed witness…). It appeared and we will confirm that both men in their statements to the police did not acknowledge responsibility for the statement of the trafficking and the importation the restricted drug.

Further to that report by the police a brief summary of the details of the evidence against the men included that one of the men in statement told police that they had transported 24 persons to St. Martin, while a woman from Dominica had appeared in Montserrat and claimed ownership to the MV Cats which as part of the sentencing was ordered confiscated.

The sentence meted out was four years imprisonment to both men, after the judge as he has been doing throughout the assizes applied the guide to sentencing as were recently enacted by the ECSC.

Following sentencing and throughout few persons attending the hearing were confused on hearing that these persons could be guilty of an offence of committing  crimes when there was no corroborating evidence presented of these men having trafficked persons or brought cannabis sativa on to the island.

At the time of reporting the men’s attorney Warren Cassell said he was seriously considering an appeal in the matter.

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Investigation launched into arrival of boatload of Haitians

Investigation launched into arrival of boatload of Haitians

by staff writer

BASSETERRE, ST. Kitts, Oct 21, CMC – Immigration officials have launched an investigation to determine how 15 Haitian nationals arrived here by boat on Sunday night, docking at the St. Kitts Defense Force’s Port in Bird Rock, on the outskirts of the capital.

Chief Immigration Officer, Merclyn Hughes told local radio stations that the investigation had been launched and the police are also assisting in the process.

Haitians migrants at sea (File Photo)

“We are just trying to assist them so we’re in the process of conducting interviews, but they are just being held for safekeeping. We know there’s a crisis in Haiti but we cannot say whether or not they fled from there so at this time we are just trying to ascertain what is the situation,” she said.

Media reports had indicated that the Haitians on arrival had been attempting to register at a nearby hotel, but the Immigration official said they are now being held at the Basseterre Police Station.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Osmond Petty, told a radio station here that while the twin-island Federation does not have any specific policy with respect to Haitians, there is a process of dealing with any illegal immigrant regardless of nationality.

“We deal with them just like any other illegal immigrant landing in St Kitts and Nevis,” he added.

Despite being a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping, many Caribbean countries require Haitians to be in possession of a visa so as to facilitate their entry into their countries.

Strangely, a news report out of Montserrat said the police speculated whether Hatians may have been those who two Dominicans sentenced to four years after their boat ran aground off the north end of Montserrat, having called the police for assistance with their stricken boat.

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