The 'Lambirds scandal' drew international attention to Saint Lucia and the country's weak criminal justice system when it first came to the public's attention in March of 2015. To date, there is still no assurances that the matter which is being cited as a major international 'human trafficking case' will come to an end soon or persons in that matter will receive justice. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet who spoke about the case recently said there are a number of issues facing this particular matter and the world is looking at Saint Lucia and saying "the situation "stinks." \u201cAll lawyers are entitled to do what they have to do so I am not faulting the defense lawyers, but we are not equipped; so the cases have begun, the cases have been postponed, the cases have been delayed, the kids have gone back; there\u2019s a question as to whether there are enough witnesses," he said. Chastanet said\u00a0it begs the question as to whether the past administration was involved in this matter, based on the fact that the\u00a0former government issued visas and certified the Lambirds Academy. The prime minister said he would like to see the Lambirds situation resolved, but explained that because there is a separation between the executive and the judiciary, the executive can only provide the necessary resources. The court recently adjourned two matters involving the owners and staff of Lambirds Academy. The new dates for the next court hearings are: August 24 for the human trafficking charges, and\u00a0September 27, 2016 for the money laundering charges. Some 22 persons who were allegedly scammed by Lambirds Academy are still on Saint Lucia and are having difficulties returning to their home countries. Lambirds Academy\u00a0Chief Executive Officer Dr. Iftekhar Shams and two other\u00a0Asian men have been accused of luring a number of foreigners here, with promises of an education and jobs overseas. The students are mainly from Nepal, India and the Philippines. They claim that they each paid US$9,000 for the courses and US$13,000 to get to Saint Lucia, to undertake various courses. However on arrival here, they were told by law enforcement authorities that they had been duped.