System-wide failure gets fugitive into St. Kitts

MyVueNews Staff-writer

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 14th May, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – A system failure allowed a wanted man of Jamaica to live in St. Kitts-Nevis for several months without Police having any knowledge that he was a wanted fugitive in Jamaica.

According to the High Command of the St. Kitts and Nevis Police Force, the 23-year-old Jamaican Andre Coore arrived in the federation on 18th January, 2018, and was granted the usual six-months stay as a CARICOM citizen.

At that point, Police indicated, the man was not logged in the system as wanted by the Jamaican Police.

“There was nothing to indicate that our Jamaican counterparts were seeking his arrest, and he was in possession of a return ticket to Antigua. As a CARICOM citizen, in accordance with the Revised Treaty of Chagaramus, he was granted permission to stay for up to six months,” the Police statement reads.

A further breakdown in the regional communications system occurred when the authorities in Antigua and Barbuda were finally notified in April that Coore was a wanted man.

But this information had not been transmitted to the Police authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis

So on 11th May, 2018, Coore departed St. Kitts heading to Antigua. With the information available to the Antigua Police and Immigration authorities, Coore was arrested after coming off the Liat aircraft.

Law enforcement in St. Kitts and Nevis worked quickly to explain the circumstance around Coore being in the federation undetected as a wanted person for over four months.

The joint statement issued on the matter reads in part: “The Chief Immigration Officer and the Police High Command would like to make it very clear that at no point in time prior to, or during his stay in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, was any information passed on to our Immigration Authorities or other Law Enforcement agencies in St. Kitts and Nevis from any regional or international institution, with regards to him being wanted in Jamaica.”

It continued, “We consider regional cooperation on Border Security and other security related matters integral to ensuring that the perpetrators of crime do not find refuge in any other territory, including St. Kitts and Nevis.  Such cooperation is of paramount importance in creating safe communities and ensuring that justice is served across the region.”

Photo: The 23-year-old Jamaican Andre Coore is likely to be transferred to Jamaica Police shortly.

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