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Former St Kitts Tourism Minister sues country's Prime Minister

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:31 PM

News Americas is reporting that Former Minister of Tourism and International Transport and retired legislator under the St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party Government, Richard 'Ricky' Skerritt, has filed a legal claim against The St Kitts & Nevis Minister of Finance, Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and Attorney General Vincent Byron, Jr, for withholding payments of his outstanding gratuity and pension.

The lawsuit comes some ten months after Harris took over leadership of the Government of St Kitts & Nevis as Prime Minister, where he is also responsible for the Federal Treasury as Minister of Finance.

Quoting sources, the site says according to an affidavit by Skerritt filed with the High Court Of Saint Christopher and Nevis, he is now owed in excess of EC$200,000 by the current Government for his gratuity and pension after more than ten years of service to the people of St Kitts & Nevis.

In the affidavit, the former Tourism Minister and chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organization, said he has tried since May to amicably secure his entitlements, to no avail.

Skerritt, 59, in the affidavit, says the continued refusal by the Ministry of Finance to carry out their obligations to him is a clear breach of his fundamental rights and smacks of “political victimisation and discrimination".

The lawsuit was reportedly filed on December 7 2015, and lists Minister of Finance Harris, as the first defendant and Vincent Byron, Jr, Attorney General, as the second defendant.