The latest incident was sparked by ongoing controversy over a decision by the Cabinet to authorize the Health Minister to transfer duty free concessions that were approved for his guest house, (Tuxedo Villas), but were instead used on his private home.
When the announcement was made last week about the removal of the Attorney General, Prime Minister King provided the nation with no explanation for the dismissal. However, it is the claim of Opposition Leader, Kenny Anthony that King was using the Attorney General as a “fall guy”, because the real persons who should be fired are Chastanet and Mondesir.
Anthony charges that “the dismissal of the Attorney General alone is not an answer to the judgment in the Tuxedo Villas matter.” Anthony is of the view that the recent court ruling on the matter, had been damning against Mondesir and Chastanet.
“The St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will not rest until both of them are dealt with, Chastanet in particular for misleading the court, I mean the court concluded he had no credibility,” said Anthony, noting that “this entire matter started with Minister Mondesir who engaged in an elaborate subterfuge to prevent the Customs Department from laying charges against him”.
The new Attorney General and Minister of Justice, who was sworn in on Tuesday, (July 21st), is Rudolph Francis.