By Caribbean News Now contributor
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s minister for physical development, housing and urban renewal Stanley Felix was reportedly arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning for allegedly playing excessively loud music at a pub he operates in the Rodney Bay area of the island and for failing to comply with instructions from the police to turn down the volume.
Felix was said to be drunk and disorderly during the commission of the alleged offence and, according to a senior police officer, he was detained for a short while by police and then released, pending the issue of a summons to appear in court.
On Monday, Leo Clarke, the general secretary of the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP), confirmed that Felix had been arrested on Saturday morning. However, no response was received from the prime minister’s press secretary to a request for further information and comment.
Felix is no stranger to legal controversy. At the same time that the government of Saint Lucia was celebrating the commencement of a multi-million dollar low-cost housing project in the north of the island, allegations of fraud were made against Felix
in legal pleadings filed in the High Court in London by Bau Panel Systems in relation to a joint venture agreement with the National Housing Corporation (NHC) of Saint Lucia for the construction of low-cost homes involving the development of approximately 400 acres of land, including 58 acres at River Doree, Choiseul.
Further, questions concerning Felix’s apparent US citizenship, as evidenced by his voter registration in New York on October 30, 2000, and any constitutionally required renunciation of such citizenship prior to his appointment as a senator still remain unanswered.
According to public records in the US, Felix also has some 16 civil judgments recorded against him that may serve to disqualify him from practicing as an attorney in Saint Lucia – an issue that also remains to be addressed.
Persistent reports also link Felix to a sealed criminal record in the US – something he has consistently denied.