RCI St. Lucia
posted on June 17, 2015 06:57
The repatriation of dozens of Nepalese nationals who arrived in St Lucia to pursue studies at Lambirds Academy has been shelved.
The news comes from the Ministry of Legal Affairs through a press statement that was released on Tuesday, where it stressed governments commitment to continue to honour its obligations to the alleged victims associated with the Lambird’s Academy Investigation, until court proceedings have come to an end.
The statement adds that the earlier decision to return the students to their homeland, including those funded under the International Organization of Migration Assistance Programme was based on detailed discussions with the Police, regarding the list of witnesses.
However, recent discussions with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions have resulted in a review of this decision and officials have agreed that all individuals will remain on island.
Meanwhile, the Government of Saint Lucia through the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security has had to absorb significant costs, in order to secure lodging and meals for the Nepalese and Indian nationals.
As of June 8, 2015,the total sum of money incurred for the period of three months stands at: $472,328.92.
The statement also noted that the Government of Saint Lucia also continues to collaborate with the Ministry of Health to provide health - related services to the individuals, and support agencies were approached by the Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security, in order to provide ancillary supplies such as toiletries.
It adds that the Government of Saint Lucia is of the view that the situation is being handled in a humane and compassionate manner despite the financial challenges confronting the island at this time.