St Lucia opposition leader calls for dismissal of minister following prison breakout

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By Caribbean News Now Staff

CASTRIES, St Lucia (GNC) — St Lucia opposition leader, Kenny Anthony, has called for the dismissal of National Security Minister Guy Mayers following the breakout of three inmates, including two Venezuelans, from the country’s main prison.

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St Lucia opposition leader, Kenny Anthony

Anthony said in a press statement that "this unprecedented crime against such a key institution of state security cannot provide comfort to citizens concerned about their safety and that of their friends and family."

Law enforcement officials said that three or four heavily armed, masked gunmen were able to penetrate three security fences in order to free two Venezuelans, who were in jail for drugs related charges, and a local man who was jailed for gun related offences.

Anthony, a former prime minister, is also demanding that an independent Commission of Enquiry be established urgently to get to the root of the security breach.

He is convinced that a Commission of Enquiry could provide answers to a number of questions relating to the incident.

The opposition leader wants to know if the attackers got help from prison guards and asked, "Where was the Special Security Unit whose establishment was recently announced?”

He said Mayers should shoulder the blame for the incident.

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