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Dr. Iftekhar Shams, the man at the centre of the Lambirds Academy human trafficking scandal, is due to make a court appearance today Thursday October 19.

However the Lambirds Academy CEO says he’s sceptical that the case will be heard adding that he’s fed up Justice System in St Lucia.

Shams and three associates were arrested after several mainly Nepalese students claimed that, after each paying huge sums of money which they had borrowed from persons back home to come here to get Hospitality Study degrees, they realized that Lambirds Academy, which boasted a campus in the North of Saint Lucia, had ripped them off.

They were initially charged with Human Trafficking, Obtaining property by Deception and Money Laundering.

They men have all maintained their innocence.

The Charges of obtaining property by deception was withdrawn against the Lambirds Academy CEO following a criminal mediation process.

Shams is appealing to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to intervene in the case saying that it’s placing a stain on St Lucia’s reputation as an attractive country for foreign investors. Dr. Shams presented journalists with a document from an organization called Human Rights International – which urges Prime Minister Chastanet to intervene and direct the court to speed up the case.

The report also accuses the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution of political bias and of dragging the case.

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