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No Charges Against Lambirds Students Who Left For Grenada

ANOTHER mysterious occurrence has taken place in the controversial Lambirds Academy affair, the latest being the apparent decision by police not to charge the seven Nepalese students who left Saint Lucia unlawfully last month.

Though confirming that the students left Saint Lucia and were detained by police in Grenada, local lawmen are silent on the course of action they could take against the students.

In fact since reporting that the students were returned to Saint Lucia, lawmen have not released any other information that would shed some light on the reasons why the seven had to flee Saint Lucia, what vessel was used in their departure, or any other information relating to their departure and subsequent return.

The Lambirds Academy scandal involving 60 plus students from various countries in Asia and officials of the Academy, has fascinated the nation with four of the officials facing charges of human trafficking and money laundering.

Talked into believing that they would be attending classes and that they would be housed by the academy after paying upwards of US$9000 each, the students were left holding an empty bag and were placed under the care of the Government of Saint Lucia and other kind hearted souls.

As the magnitude of their dilemma unfolded talk of suicide surfaced among them. Saint Lucians rallied to their cause with food and shelter. As the case against the four progressed in the court students were regularly seen standing near the courthouse, some waiting to be witnesses in the matter.

The scandal involving the academy has since raised several questions aimed at local authorities as to how the school was able to be in possession of all the prerequisites needed to set up shop here yet in reality turned out be a hoax, not living up to the promises made to the students.

The government, since then has been under fire, especially from the Opposition in Parliament for allegedly attempting to press charges against the seven detained in Grenada.

A theory floating around is that the police need the students’ cooperation in the ongoing case against the school’s authority hence they decided not to press charges against the seven detained in Grenada.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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