PM Gaston Browne relieves Asot Michael of Ministerial responsibilities

Tourism, Economic Development and Investment Minister Asot Michael (file photo)

Asot Michael, minister of tourism, investment and energy, is no longer detained or being questioned in the United Kingdom.

That has been confirmed by Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst, who told OBSERVER media, MP Michael was released from custody some time after 4 p.m. local time.

Hurst says the minister has been advised he may be wanted for further questioning and he is being represented by U.K lawyer James Guthrie.

Government officials, including Prime Minister Gaston Browne, have all said they do not know the specific matter the MP was questioned about.

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ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda – October 23, 2017…..The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has announced that he has advised the Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams to revoke immediately the appointment from the Cabinet, of Tourism and Investment Minister, Asot Michael pending the outcome of his arrest Monday morning by the Metropolitan Police in London.

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Prime Minister Browne is presently in Jordan on his way back to Antigua from Montenegro where he led a government delegation to an international conference on Citizenship by Investment.

The Prime Minister advised that he received news from Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner in London, Karen-Mae Hill, that she had been informed that Mr. Michael was arrested on his arrival in England Monday morning.

“While I have no firm details of the reasons for Mr. Michael’s arrest, the arrest itself is sufficient for me to revoke immediately his appointment as a Cabinet member and to relieve him of all Ministerial portfolios until this matter is resolved,” PM Browne said.

The Prime Minister declared: “I have repeatedly stated that I expect every member of my government to comply with the highest possible standards required of public office, and while Mr. Michael might establish his innocence in time, the fact that he has been arrested, obliges me to relieve him of all government duties”.

“I undertake to release other information regarding Mr. Michael’s arrest as it is brought to my attention.”

MP Asot Michael released from detention

October 23, 2017 OBSERVER media

Tourism, Economic Development and Investment Minister Asot Michael (file photo)

Asot Michael, minister of tourism, investment and energy, is no longer detained or being questioned in the United Kingdom.

That has been confirmed by Government’s Chief of Staff Lionel “Max” Hurst, who told OBSERVER media, MP Michael was released from custody some time after 4 p.m. local time.

Hurst says the minister has been advised he may be wanted for further questioning and he is being represented by U.K lawyer James Guthrie.

Government officials, including Prime Minister Gaston Browne, have all said they do not know the specific matter the MP was questioned about.