St Kitts Government Hit With Over $10 Million In Lawsuits

St.Kitts-Nevis Attorney General Hon. Vincent Byron Jr. has confirmed that over the government has been hit with over $10 million in lawsuits for wrongful arrest and detention mostly under the watch of Former Commissioner of Police C.G Walwyn.

AG Byron stated “Our Attorney General’s Chambers, since 2015, we have inherited a situation where we have some 15 claims against the state for wrongful arrest and unlawful detention. Some people more than three years in jail, and then when they reach court the case is withdrawn.”

In 2015 Everette  Davis was awarded $160,000 for the breach of his constitutional right to freedom of movement when he successfully took the State to court for wrongful arrest and imprisonment.

Another young man was awarded $170,000 after spending some 8 months on remand for murder, only to be released on lack of evidence. Recently another young man who was similarly held  was awarded $60,000 in a suit settled

One suit settled just last week resulted in the government having to pay the claimant over $60,000.

AG Byron stated the majority of suits stemmed from arrests made during the tenure of former Police Commissioner CG Walwyn.

TIMES CARIBBEAN

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