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In a ruling handed down on Monday, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal reinstated a claim against Allen Chastanet, the newly elected Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, alleging breach of trust and misfeasance in public office. The action had previously been struck out by the judge hearing the case, but the ruling has now been overturned.

On December 10, 2013, the Attorney General of Saint Lucia filed a claim, which was amended on January 21, 2014, against Chastanet, as a former Government Minister, and Kenneth Cazaubon, former Chairman of the Soufriere Town Council, in which several allegations were made.

Chief among those allegations were that Chastanet, while a Minister of Government and a Candidate for the United Workers Party (UWP) in the 2011 general elections, requested, advised, received, permitted or acquiesced in the expenditure of the sum of $38,119 of public funds of the Council for the unlawful purpose of a campaign and political event for his personal and the political benefit of his political party, the UWP.

Those funds were raised by the Government of Saint Lucia for specific community projects from the government of Taiwan. It was also alleged that Chastanet knew or ought to have known or was recklessly indifferent to the fact that the conduct in question was unlawful and that, as a consequence, he acted in a manner that amounted to a breach of his fiduciary duties as a minister of government, bad faith and/or misfeasance in public office.
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