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St Lucian president on murder charge

Regional 13 Oct, 2022 Follow News

Stanley Felix must appear in court next month

St Lucia’s President of the Senate, Stanley Felix, has been arrested and charged in connection with a murder. He will re-appear in court on November 16, after being granted EC$15,000 ($KY$4,600) bail on a charge of perverting the course of justice.

Felix, 59, appeared before Magistrate Bertlyn Reynolds after he was arrested by police on Thursday as law enforcement officials continue their investigations into the murder.

According to the charge read out in court, Felix had “between 2pm on Thursday, 21 April 2022, and 10am on Sunday, 24 April, 2022 at the Anse La Raye Police Station” attempted to conceal a murder, by attempting to induce Kyle Alexander aka Kyle Daniel to withhold evidence.

As part of the condition for bail, Felix, an attorney, is to report to the police weekly as well as surrender his travel documents. He must not leave the country without permission. Felix’s appointment as President was subsequently revoked.

St Lucia Prime Minister Phillip J Pierre said the Governor General, has been advised by him to revoke Felix’s appointment and relieve him of his Senatorial duties in the Upper House of Parliament. His successor will be announced at a subsequent time.

The main opposition United Workers Party who called for the removal of Felix as President of the Senate said it viewed the development as another low point in St Lucia’s history when the country is already battered by an increase in serious crime, particularly robberies and gun related homicides.

“The United Workers Party further urges Prime Minister Philip J Pierre to rid his government of any unsavoury characters and criminal elements within his Cabinet in the interest of this country,” a party spokesperson said.

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