Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond has defended his credibility, after naked photos allegedly belonging to him, were shared on social media.
The country’s junior Finance Minister told a news conference on Friday (Jan.13), that he was blackmailed.
“There have been attempts to extort monies from me through devious means,” he explained.
Dr. Raymond said no amount of threats will cause him turn away from his values as a family man, declaring “I am not afraid.”
“People will constantly try to besmirch your character and use underhanded tactics to undermine your credibility,” he said.
But since entering politics, Dr. Raymond said he has maintained that his integrity and credibility are of utmost importance.
The United Workers Party minister said he will not give in to political operatives who will use the most “disgusting tactics” in order to malign his name or to scare him into submission.
“I will trust in the Court system and in the almighty God,” he added.
Dr. Raymond said other persons have gone through similar circumstances and they have probably not been able to fight back.
“They have been too scared, they have felt ashamed or they did not want toopen up themselves to the kind of attention that shames victims of such crimes,” he added.
The minister said he will not make any further statements on the matter.
The news has provoked a media frenzy in Saint Lucia.