by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): On July 19, claims were being circulated alleging that Former Prime Minister and Candidate for Constituency No 6 in the St. Kitts Nevis Labour Party, Dr. Dezil Douglas, was charged and arrested.
The message circulated on Whatsapp reads; “The United States has formally requested the extradition of Denzil Douglas, the Kittitian-born doctor who was Prime Minister of the small Caribbean island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis from 1994 to 2015, to face charges including corruption, fraud, money laundering along with wire fraud and conspiracy. The U.S. embassy in Bridgetown submitted the extradition request on July 13 for Douglas to stand trial in the United States, according to a sealed court filing in Miami dated June 10.”
WINN understands that the circulating message reached media professionals in Antigua and Grenada.
WINN reached out to a representative from the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, for comment on the matter.
On July 20, Simone Kendall, the Acting Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, confirmed that the alleged reports are rumours and that the Embassy is unaware of any such request.
WINN reached out to Dr. Douglas for a reaction to the claims but was unsuccessful at news time.