St Vincent Opposition Calls For "No Secret Trial" In Yugge-Camilo Saga

A number of Opposition parliamentarians and supporters of the St Vincent and the Grenadines main opposition party gathered outside of the Financial Complex in Kingstown on Friday, calling for Finance Minister Camilo Gonsalves to resign.

The young Gonsalves has been embroiled in scandal after allegations were made against him by former model Yugge Farrell of having an extramarital affair with her.

Farrell who was under the microscope of the police since 2017, for posting videos with numerous allegations against the minister and other prominent Vincentians on social media was arrested on Thursday 4th January 2018.

She was brought before the court on 5th January 2018 and charged that on Thursday, January 4 at Granby Street, Kingstown, she did cause a breach of the peace by using abusive language to Karen Duncan- Gonsalves of Prospect, which was “You dirty b**ch.”

Duncan-Gonsalves is a lawyer attached to the Attorney General’s chambers and is the wife of Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves.

At today’s protest, prominent members of the opposition were present including, Leader of the Opposition Dr Godwin Friday, Hon St Clair Leacock, Senator Zita Barnwell, Senator Kay Bacchus Baptiste and Hon Roland Matthews.

Along with high ranking officials of the party, there were a number of age able protesters and a few young adults.

The protesters bear placards with various messages including, “FREE YUGGE, JUSTICE FOR ALL WOMEN, YOU ACCUSE A MINISTER YOU GO TO MENTAL HOME, NO SECRET TRIAL AND CAMILO MUST RESIGN”.

On Wednesday Grant Connell lawyer for Yugge Farrell described the society as a sought of vicious one.

“We live in a sort of vicious society, when you drop off your pedestal according to where you fall, they are like hyenas, and they will strip you to the bone, then walk away”.

Connell who is offering his service pro bono, told News784, on Wednesday morning that he would ask the court to extend certain courtesies in the interest and protection of Miss Farrell, and hopefully, the matter would be heard in camera.

Connell further told News784 that he would call on the office of the DPP on Monday to Nolle Prosequi the case.

Miss Farrell is expected to return to court on Monday 29th January.


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