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Two in custody in connection with OAS, embassy fires in St Kitts
Published on January 9, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Andre Huie

BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Police in St Kitts have determined that the two fires at the Venezuelan embassy and the Organization of American States (OAS) office in Basseterre are cases of suspected arson and said that two people are currently in custody assisting with the investigation.

Fire Chief Everette O’Garro on Sunday had already confirmed that the fire at the OAS office was suspected arson but stopped short of blaming arson for the destruction of the Venezuelan embassy.

The police said investigation revealed that the Venezuelan embassy building was intentionally set on fire and an abandoned vehicle was confiscated at the scene, along with two other items.

The embassy in Basseterre was burnt to the ground in the wee hours of Sunday morning while the OAS office escaped major damage but showed signs of attempted arson.

OAS Ambassador Starratt Greene condemned the incident, which he described as a malicious act and attempt to cause confusion and create instability in the country.

Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas condemned the acts and linked the incidents with opposition protest actions.

Opposition leader Mark Brantley rejected the charges and labeled the prime minister’s comments as “unfortunate”.

Republished with permission of West Indies News Network
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Mr Louis:

The comments by Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas are totally inflammatory and without foundation. It is these kind of irresponsible comments that inflames and stare up political problems within the populace.


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