Newly-appointed Opposition Senator Dominic Fedee is advising Saint Lucia’s former High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dr. Ernest Hilaire to break his silence and come clean on the Juffali affair.
Feedee said the nation deserves an explanation as to what led to the decision to appoint Dr. Sheikh Juffali’s as Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
“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, who by the way, never attended a meeting at all and that in itself helps to confirm the court’s judgment that Dr. Juffali’s appointment was inauthentic, was suspicious and it raises a number of questions,” the Senator told the media.
Asked by the media to express his opinion on why he thinks Dr. Hilaire continues to be silent on the matter, Fedee said he can’t speak for Hilaire, but would urge him to speak on the issue.
“I want to say to him as a friend, to come out and speak about it and let’s be transparent. He is a new person coming into the politics, so he should be transparent and let’s speak about the issues as they affect us,” he added.
Fedee like his colleague Mary Isaac, also expressed the view that the recent judgment by a UK High Court judge “cast a shadow over the diplomatic relations between St Lucia and the United Kingdom,”
But more importantly, the Senator stated that there is also a moral side to the story, which speaks to the alleged ill-treatment of women in divorce cases, such as the one involving Dr. Juffali and his ex-wife.
“Women here should be very concerned about the actions of the government, because not only is the matter legalistic, but there is a moral imperative women should take note of the treatment of his ex-wife.”
The British High Court judge has said that 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.