Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) has sounded another call for the Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) Ernest Hilaire to resign forthwith.
Chastanet’s comment comes in light of a recent judgment made in the British High Court regarding Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Dr. Walid Juffali.
The court said Dr. Juffali has sought and obtained a diplomatic appointment with the sole intention of defeating his wife [Ms Estrada’s] claims consequent on the breakdown of their marriage.
The action was described by the judge as spurious and one that is an entirely artificial construct.
“How can you have a person who was involved in the appointment of Dr. Juffali that has brought Saint Lucia into such scandal…Ernest Hilaire needs to resign forthwith,” Chastanet stated.
Chastanet said the judge said what everybody has seen and understood which is the appointment of Dr. Juffali is basically is a farce and has nothing to do with what he was going to do for Saint Lucia.
“What was interesting is that this is not the first time that Dr. Juffali has attempted this. When he had his first divorce, he apparently did the same thing,” Chastanet added.
Opposition Senator Dominic Fedee has also recently advised Hilaire to break his silence and come clean on the Juffali affair, noting that the nation deserves an explanation.
“I think that if he was the High Commissioner at the time, he would know better than anyone else the details surrounding the appointment of Dr. Juffali,” Fedee told the media.