UPDATED: St Lucia paid to keep BVI prisoners
The British Virgin Islands (BVI) government says it is paying an estimated US$13,000 a month to St Lucia to house 21 inmates brought there following the passage of two hurricanes through the Lesser Antilles in September.
The Minister responsible for Prisons, Myron Walwyn, told the House of Assembly that the prisoners are expected to be in St Lucia for at least six months with their return expected in March next year.
Earlier this month, the St Lucia National Security Minister Hermangild Francis, said he hoped that the prisoners who were brought there following the passage of the hurricanes are not a financial burden on the state.
The prisoners are being housed at the Bordelais Correctional Facility which said that arrangements made so far can allow for the prisoners to remain for an indefinite period until the necessary structures are put in place in the home countries.
NOTE: The headline in an earlier version in this story had incorrectly said St Kitts was being paid to keep BVI prisoners.