by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Yesterday (May 3), the Premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) Andrew Fahie’s request for diplomatic immunity was denied by the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, according to several media outlets.
BVI based 284News reported that the ‘Notice of Invocation of Immunity’ did not apply to Premier Fahie.
The Premier filed the notice because he was, and is, the Premier of the British Virgin Islands.
The United States says it does not recognise the British Virgin Islands as a sovereign state saying “that description does not convey upon the Defendant head of state immunity… or that Fahie is entitled to any immunity from this prosecution. Accordingly, Defendant does not and cannot enjoy immunity as a head of state or government.”
The Notice was filed on behalf of the Premier by his attorney on May 2.
Premier Fahie and Oleanvine Maynard are detained in Miami on conspiracy charges to import a controlled drug and money laundering.
A pre-trial detention hearing is set for today (May 4).
Update – May 4, 2022, 3:30 p.m.
At the pre-trial detention hearing on Wednesday (May 4) the premier was released on a $500,000 bond prior to his May 13 arraignment.
Federal court Judge Alicia Otazo-Reyes rejected the prosecutors’ argument that Fahie would flee the U.S. if released.
According to the Miami Herald, the Judge said that Fahie could remain in Miami, at the rented home of his two college-age daughters, if he and his family surrender their travel documents and he wears an ankle bracelet monitor as well as pay a $500,000 corporate surety bond.