NewsAllen Chastanet Back in Court to Answer Charges of Misuse of Public Funds

St. Lucia News OnlineJuly 4, 2022423332 min

Former Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, was back in Court yesterday, represented by his lawyers, to answer the charge that he requested, advised, and received public funds for the use of his political campaign as a UWP candidate for Soufriere back in 2011.

The sum of money in question was $38,119, which belonged to the Soufriere Town Council. According to the Attorney General’s submission, those funds were raised by the Government of Saint Lucia from the Republic of China (on Taiwan) to finance community projects. At the time, the Chair of the Council was Kenneth Cazaubon, who is the second respondent in the civil suit between the Attorney General and Allen Chastanet.

In the matter before the Court, it was alleged that as a government minister, Mr. Chastanet knew or should have known and acted indifferently to the fact that his action was unlawful and a breach of his financial fiduciary duties as a government minister.

Allegedly, the sum of $38,119 was used to pay the reggae group, Third World, during Chastanet’s unsuccessful campaign activities to secure the Soufriere seat for the UWP in 2011.

With a change of government, this matter, which was first filed back in December 2013 against Chastanet under a Labour Party administration seems to have been delayed because of a change in government in 2016. It has now been brought back before the Courts for final settlement.

 

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4 comments

  • The Crow

    March 24, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    SALLLLLO00#! Pay the bloody money

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  • C Mar

    March 24, 2022 at 2:28 pm

    What a waste of time, 2011?????? what about all the money that was spent on the people who went to Dubai, I am certain it was a lot more than the $38K. Stop riding on the backs of the same people Labor Party claimed to put first. What a shame, all the thieves and political criminals this so call cabinet is made up of. What about the crime rate, Covic 19, lack of employment, no government investment, Education, Housing and the like.

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  • smith

    March 24, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    good for him, i bet you if he didn’t dig up hailair he wouldn’t be in there, don’t throw stones if you know you are worse off, they will always come back at you harder

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  • Ras Biko

    March 25, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Based on the records of the Chastanet administration it is no surprise that he is being charged for misappropriation of public funds. Chastanet and the United Workers Party (UWP) are the epitome of corruption. For example, in 2016 Transparency International ranked St. Lucia 35 out of 176 countries with the least corruption whereas Barbados was ranked at 31. Fast forward to 2020, Chastanet and his maladministration had sunk St. Lucia to 45th place while Barbados had risen to 29th place. Mr. Chastanet’s behavior is indicative of a man who wallows in corruption and should never be given access to public funds again.
    I look forward to the day when public officials shall be held accountable for wrongdoings. And if need be, they all should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

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