US revokes St Lucian’ minister’s visa

| 21/09/2011

(Jamaica Observer): St Lucia’s Prime Minister Stephenson has asked the island’s diplomats in the United States to investigate reports that Washington had revoked the visa of his Housing Minister Richard Frederick. In brief statement, King said that he has instructed his diplomatic representatives to submit a report as soon as possible. “As soon as I receive information I will invite the media to discuss the issue,” he said, adding that he had no details regarding the revocation of the visa but was aware that since Frederick’s entry into local politics, there have been numerous unproven allegations about him. Former government legislator Janine Compton-Antoine first broke the news here that Washington had revoked Frederick’s visa.

The daughter of the late co-founder of the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) told a television audience over the weekend that the onus was now on Prime Minister King to clear the air on Frederick’s position since the issue reflected badly on his administration.

“This raises some serious questions as to how effective this minister can be in a job that often requires him to travel to the USA on the country’s business.

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