According to media reports out of St. Vincent, the opposition’s response came after Gonsalves told Parliament that the police have arrested and charged with “serious offences, not relating to the conspiracy of murder”, an assassin hired to kill him.
He said, “The murder plot was devised by the two major drug trafficking and money-laundering entities in St Vincent and the Grenadines and that the NDP received substantial funding for last month’s election from the two crime syndicates.”
Gonsalves, who is also Minister of National Security, said while the would-be killer was remanded to prison without bail, police did not charged him with conspiracy to murder “because the security authorities are keen at protecting the most valuable intelligence sources”.
It was also revealed by the Prime Minister that the criminal was nabbed at the end of a one-week man-hunt and the search yielded one high-powered assault weapon and security authorities were still searching for another such weapon, “which had been in the contract-killer’s possession”.
However, NDP president and Leader of the Opposition, Arnhim Eustace, told Parliament on Tuesday 25th January that conspiracy to murder “is not the nature of the new Democratic Party”.
“I want to make it absolutely clear that the New Democratic Party members, particularly those members of the House here gathered, are not involved with those persons who are, as it was put, money launderers and drug dealers,” said Eustace, who is also the NDP’s shadow minister for national security.
“I take very strong, the strongest objection to that implication being made about our members. I also want to make it absolutely clear that the New Democratic Party is not involved in any action related to the assassination of or the death of the prime minister of this country,” he said.
“Any such implication that we are involved in any attempt aimed at the prime minister’s life, real or imagined, we clearly want to disassociate ourselves from any such remarks,” Eustace told legislators during the budget debate.
(Contents of this article were obtained from I Witness-News)