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Assistant Superindent Gregory Alexander of the Police Public Relations Department, who initially reported that 18-year-old Kershel Louis was charged with blackmail in the nude photo scandal involving a senator, said the charge is actually aiding and abetting blackmail.
Alexander told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that Louis, a resident of Cas En Bas, Gros Islet, was on Monday charged with aiding and abetting blackmail and appeared in a First District Court in Castries yesterday where she was granted bail in the sum of $5,000 cash or suitable surety.
The charges are connection to the release of nude photos on the internet involving Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance.
Conditions of her bail include surrending all travel documents, not to apply for any travel documents without the State’s permission, do not come within 100 yards of the complainant, and report to the Gros Islet Police Station on Wednesdays and Saturdays between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Louis joins her friend, 18-year-old Curshaby Alexander of Beausejour, Gros Islet, who was charged with blackmail in the same case. It is believed Louis assisted her friend in carrying out the crime.
Curshaby was also granted bail.
Senator Raymond had said at a news conference that he was the victim of an extortion attempt.
He remains part of the Cabinet despite calls from various political and non-political organisations to resign.