BREAKING: Saint Lucia’s IMO representative Walid Juffali dies

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Dr. Walid Juffali

Dr. Walid Juffali

Saint Lucia’s representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Dr. Walid Juffali died in Zurich on Wednesday following a lengthy battle with cancer, the Daily Mail (UK) has reported.

Arabic daily newspaper Okaz also reported that the Saudi billionaire was receiving treatment at a Swiss hospital when he died. The newspaper said that his body is expected to be repatriated to Saudi Arabia within a few days for burial.

Juffali’s name became popular here when the British press reported that he was appointed a Saint Lucian diplomat to avoid a divorce matter that was brought against him by his ex-super model wife.

The former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government headed by Dr. Kenny Anthony came out several days later to confirm that he was representing Saint Lucia at the IMO.

But that government was heavily criticised, since it was later noted that Juffali was appointed a diplomat after his ex-wife Christina Estrada had filled legal proceedings against him.

Juffali’s appointment was publicly questioned and the British High Court later stripped the Saudi businessman’s diplomatic immunity in the divorce proceedings.

This happened after a request was sent for the Saint Lucia government to grant a waiver of the diplomatic immunity, but was rejected on the basis that it was a ‘private affair.’

Only two weeks ago, Estrada was awarded a £75 million divorce settlement, with the British press calling it one of the largest “needs award” arising from a divorce in legal history.

WScience Laboratories, an organisation that was headed by Juffali had promised to build a diabetic research centre here.

The new Saint Lucia government had promised to review Juffali’s appointment.

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19 comments

  1. Investigate that

    DO WE NOT SEE WHAT HAPPENED. THIS GUY IS SO DARN CONNIVING. HIS NEW WIFE WAS HIS SIDE CHICK. HE ENSURED SHE GOT THE RICHES.

    JUFFALI FINDS OUT HE WILL DIE AND DOESNT WANT HIS WIFE(ESTRADA) TO GET ALL HIS RICHES. HE DECIDES HE WILL SIMPLY GIVE IT TO AN UNDERSERVING YOUNG GIRL. HE SECRETLY DIVORCES HIS WIFE AND MARRIES NEWER WIFE. THIS ASSURES THAT HIS NEWER WIFE IS HIS SUCCEEDING WIFE. HE NOW TRIES TO SOLIDIFY THIS BY GETTING IMMUNITY VIA ST.LUCIAN DIPLOMACY TO PREVENT OLDER WIFE FROM SUING FOR DIVORCE SETTLEMT. THIS GUY TO ME DID ALL THIS TO PREVENT ESTRADA FROM GETTING HIS MONEY.

    AFTER ALL, HE COULD HAVE HAD ESTRADA BY HIS SIDE WHILE HE DIES AND IT WOULDNT MAKE A DIFFERENCE. HE NEVER ENJOYED THE MARRIAGE WITH THE NEWER WIFE,
    BUT SHE WAS HIS SIDE CHECK ALL ALONG BTW.

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  2. I think that the SLP Government especially Dr. Anthony and Hilaire should be monitored by the press as to whether they would attend Dr. Juffali's funeral. It would say a lot about the people who had claimed that Juffali was so in love with the country. It would be very patriotic that either Anthony or Hilaire to attend at their own expense. I mean the man was willing to give millions, the least you can do is to spend 20 grand and attend his funeral. Lets see what happens.

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  3. SLP knew very well he was Sick.

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  4. Guess he'll take his secrets to his grave or crematorium.

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  5. Juffali rest in piece

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  6. Are we still going to get the Diabetes Research Center or was that another of Kenny Anthony BIG LIE? For those who doesn't what is a lie. This is a Lie.

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  7. Wah if mate had die way before that would a burn that woman cause she wouldn't get nothing but look money mate leave behind e. people go fight for that. When sickness take u is take it take u mate had so much money an not even that could save him

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  8. I wander how much she would have recieved if she didn't divorce him

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    • Investigate that

      are you an idiot. He divorced her by saying "i dovorce you" three times. Its their law. She took him to british court so she can get her divorce settlemt. not to divorce him. she just wanted her share. since the guy divorced her and only gave her word of mouth as to her settlement. Its a good thing she got it in a legal settlement. otherwise she would have to suck salt all now so cuz the newer wife wud h ave gotten everything. AT least the british legal system works. Lets hope ours catches up too

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  9. I wonder if Kenny and Hilaire will go to the funeral. Btw Kenny and Hilaire, we still waiting for the SOD Turning ceremony for the Diabetes center. All you drag St. Lucia in such nonsense and we Lucians ain't gain nothing form that, well i guess the rum from the political rallies

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  10. Most probably he has been declared dead by his Saudi high ranking friends. He might be alive in Saudi Arabia and not paying the 75 million Pounds to his ex wife.

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  11. labour put our reputation on the line for a dying man. I guess no more chufalli dollars will come in to a certain someone.

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  12. RIP. I wish that the SLP's and Saint Lucians' gullibility index would both follow suit.

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  13. How convenient. Now Guy Mayers can be appointed as Saint Lucia's new IMO rep.

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  14. Rest in eternal peace.

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  15. Those who gave the man the position must have known that the man was sick and he could not be reasonably expected to perform in his role as the IMO person. So why did those involved go ahead with the appointment anyway?. It must have been a quid pro quo that had nothing to do with us in St Lucia but a quick benefit for those involved. the diabetic research center was a big ploy. if he was interested in us why didn't he contribute to it. Now we have been dragged through the mud and made history not for very good reasons as this case of diplomatic bobol will remain for ages. Now they also concerned that the embassy is breaking other laws like unpaid traffic fines and driving with no license and who knows what else. we have become a criminal infested place with crime in high places and low places.

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  16. "After a lengthy battle with Cancer. "Didn't they know he was suffering with cancer when they appointed him St.Lucia representative in the IMO obviously a background check would have been done
    But why appoint a terminally sick man represent st.Lucia at the IMO and he never attended a meeting because as the news say again he died after a LENGTHY battle with cancer .He was st Lucia's Representative for about a year and a half. Why tell me Why?For I assume he already had cancer a year and a half ago.I need to know did the government know??

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  17. do you think he cares how much she gets now............MONEY ONLY MATTERS TO THE LIVING.

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  18. I mean no disrespect. But for all the fuss and defense of this man against allegations that the SLP had secretly appointed him to the IMO as a secret deal, it would be a shame if Dr. Anthony, and especially Ernest HIllare including other high ranking members of the SLP did not attend his funeral.
    After all this was their guy. May his soul rest in peace.

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