BAIL DENIED!

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BAIL DENIED!
Some of the stranded foreigners.
Some of the stranded foreigners.

Four men arrested and charged in connection with the Lambirds Academy scandal were denied bail when they appeared in a Castries Magistrate’s Court on Friday, April 10.

This is the second time Iftekhar Ahmed Shams, Koushal Kumar Batukbhai Chadasama, Ashwin Kanji Patel and Gurjeet Singh Vilkhu were being denied bail.

The men are now represented by Marcus Foster. Leslie Mondesir was their previous attorney. The next court hearing is April 24.

All four are charged with human trafficking in connection with an alleged internet scam at Lambirds Academy that left a group of some 70 foreigners – mainly from Nepal and The Phillipines – stranded in St. Lucia.

Shams, the chief executive officer of the company, was the only one charged with money laundering. Police said he laundered EC$706,584.18 on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at the Rodney Bay branch of the Bank of Nova Scotia.

The alleged students claimed that they paid at least US$9,000 each to an agent from their region to secure a place at Lambirds Academy in Gros Islet, St. Lucia.

At the Academy, the prospective students were to be trained in hospitality management and promised employment in the United States of America after completing the one-year programme. However, when the foreigners arrived in St. Lucia to register for classes, the Academy was closed.

According to police sources, the visitors claimed to have mortgaged land and borrowed money to get to St. Lucia and to finance the course. One student claimed that he spent over US$12,000 for his plane ticket and other expenses to get to St. Lucia.

The government have since sent home some of the students and are working to repatriate the rest.

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  1. Other Indian students at Lambirds academy said and confirmed that Mr Ashwin Patel and Mr Gurjeet Singh Vilkhu are their 2 innocent Indian students and friends like other stranded asian students who just reached on 27th December 2014 and 16th Jan 2015 at St Lucia on student visa's to study at Lambirds academy for course's PostGraduate in Hospitality and Tourism mgmt and Certificate in Front office management like any other stranded students. So how can they be culprit of doing any Human trafficking as they were also new students who went to a new unknown foreign land for their future career & education prospectus. These information are hidden by police and need to check and verified by responsible news reporters and need to do the investigation on this and atleast grant bail to those 2 Indian innocent students who are not at all guilty and had become a victim of this issue.

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  2. St. Lucian government involved. They will start naming them soon!!! Greed, the more they have the more they want! Keep them in jail for a long time....those SALOPS!!

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  3. No bail because they are a flight risk ...we need them here for trial so all corrupt officials in this scandal can be named arrested tried and convicted too. Hope the dirty corrupt government officials and the Indians share the same cell at bordelais.

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  4. I suppose the commentator was suggesting that they pay bail and of course all these men are flight risks and when then skip the country on their next court date then use the money to pay for the repatriation of the stranded students. Novel, a rudimentary compromise but a good option. What does it benefit the country to house these criminals, get the money and let them run. The justice system can take one for the team, they always seem to be giving the team nothing

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  5. The student are not incocent . They don't want to go back to own country bcZ they want to st Lucia passport. Some of them of them they can't speak English properly how the come to st Lucia for higher studies. They claim they don't have money how come they buy expensive liquor. And smoke . They take too much advantage. People of st Lucia are very kind and helpful people . And the student are take granted.

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  6. What about rest of other three Who belong to Indian citizenship?.....
    They also paid a money to grab a place in lambird...
    Oh wow!Now they grab a place in .. st lucia's jail in one month...
    Seriously nice placement by lambird and .. governmnt of st lucia.....
    I wish they poor Student from India Pay some sum amount of money to case incharge person...Bloody Inside scammer......
    Simply dear Incharge person Miss Henry.... Try to come out with real fact & impartialtity...You will definitely find Who is Victim & And who is convicted..
    Try.....

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  7. Y dont the government of the foreigners who scammed the students be made to pay the students back. Y is it our government tSt. Lucians want to pay them back? St. Lucia's government didnt aid and abet thes fellas in doing it. Nonsense. Smh.

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  8. Equality should be for everyone. Denying bail to anyone is a gross miscarriage of Justice. We should be proud if our Justice system is equal, and be very ashamed if it is unequal and tough to some. These accused should be given a fair chance to get out on bail, gather their evidence, work with their attorney to prove their side of the case and allow our justice system to decide if they are guilty. Everybody, everybody is innocent until proven guilty.....

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  9. Good .... Wish they would get to rot in jail for their actions. Thieves !!! Stealing from your own ppl and poor ones at that.

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    • CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT LAWYERS POLITICIAN AND OTHER SO CALLED "RESPECTABLE PEOPLE" IN SOCIETY LIVING LARGE MONEY SPENDING WHILST THE MASSES SUFFER ITS ABOUT TIME SLP/UWP STOP WITH THIS NONSENSE OF PUTING SQUARE PEGS IN ROUND HOLES AKA JOBS FOR THE BOYS

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  10. The Commentator, you have no idea what is bail. You cannot use bail money to compensate anyone. You need charges to be pressed for that. Bail money does not belong to the state.

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  11. I hope they realize they sentencing has began 🙂

    And there is nothing better and sweeter 🙂 to see the St. Lucian Justice system so effective with it's mandatory incarceration at the Remand Level. 🙂

    Just kiss your life goodbye, foreigners.

    Respect our Laws like you do yours in your own Hell-hole where you come from 🙂

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  12. BAIL SHOULD BE SET AT EC$800,000.00 AND THEN THE MONEY SHOULD BE USED BY THE STATE TO REPATRIATE THE VICTIMS OF THE LAMBIRDS ACADEMY SCAM!

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  13. All four are foreigners trying to give us a bad name. I hope they get deported after serving many years in jail....or just send them back after paying all their debts.

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