St. Lucia Offers To Accept BVI Prisoners
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Published: September 09, 2017 8:39 am AST
Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet disclosed that St. Lucia has made an offer to the United Kingdom (UK) government, to have prisoners from Her Majesty’s Prison at Balsam Ghut, in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), transferred to that island.
He was speaking to reporters at a news conference in St. Lucia on Friday, September 8. However, Chastanet said that the UK government has not taken up the offer of the prisoners transfer.
“But certainly we wanted to let them know that we would make facilities available, should it be needed,” Chastanet said.
There has been widespread destruction by Hurricane Irma here in the BVI.
“The prison (at Balsam Ghut) was badly damaged and so we were making space at Bordelais as well as making facilities available at the free zone to be able to help,” Chastanet said.
The PM, who is also the Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), said that there is a shortage of manpower because people are helping with essential services.
“St. Lucia stands ready to assist all of our brothers.”
According to media reports, an initial sum of half a million dollars has been given to the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), which has been activated to coordinate supplies to be sent to the Islands that have been affected by Irma.
NEMO is preparing to deploy persons to some of the affected Islands as early as Sunday.