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St Lucia gov't files suit against opposition party

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2013 | 4:55 PM

The main opposition United Workers Party said it would not be intimidated by the St Lucia government after the Office of the Attorney General announced that it had filed a civil case against the party’s leader, Allen Chastanet.



The government said that the civil action suit against Chastanet, a former tourism minister, was as a result of a breach of his fiduciary duties as a minister of government, in bad faith and/or constitutes misfeasance in public office.



It said that Chastanet, while a minister of government and the UWP’s candidate in the last general election, had requested funds totaling EC$38,119 of public funds for the unlawful purpose of a campaign and event for his personal and political benefit.



The government is also alleging that Chastanet knew or ought to have known or was recklessly indifferent that the conduct in question was unlawful.



However, Chastanet told a news conference that the ruling St Lucia Labour Party administration was using the outcome of a questionable audit as a tool for political mischief.



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