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Saint Lucia Premier Phillip J. Pierre said on Friday he had asked the Governor General to revoke the Senate appointment of attorney Stanley Felix, after he appeared in court on charges of perverting the course of justice. .

In a brief statement, Pierre said he was informed that Felix, the President of the Senate, had been formally charged by the police under Section 376 of the Penal Code of Saint Lucia.

He said that as head of government he “demands the highest levels of professionalism and integrity from all audiences at all times.

“As such, the Governor General, acting on the advice of the Prime Minister and in accordance with Article 27 (2) € of the Constitution of Saint Lucia…. was advised to revoke Mr. Félix’s appointment and relieve him of his duties. Senate Offices in the Upper House of Parliament. His successor will be announced later,” the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office read.

Stanley Felix, will appear in court again on November 16, after being awarded EC$15,000 (one EC dollar = 0.37 euro cents) on charges of perverting the course of justice.

Felix, 59, appeared before Magistrate Bertlyn Reynolds after being arrested by police on Thursday as law enforcement continues to investigate a murder.

According to the accusation read in court, Félix had between 2 p.m. on Thursday April 21, 2022 and 10 a.m. on Sunday April 24, 2022 at the Anse La Raye police station, west of here “with the intention of concealing a crime namely; murder, attempted to induce Kyle Alexander alias Kyle Daniel to withhold evidence of the occurrence of said crime, which tended to pervert the course of justice, contrary to Section 376 of the Penal Code…of the Revised Laws of St. Lucia 2013”.

As part of the bail condition, Felix, a lawyer, must report to the police every first Saturday and hand over his travel documents.

The main opposition United Workers Party (UWP) had called for the removal of Felix from the presidency of the Senate.

“In light of this astonishing development and the sensitivity of the post of Speaker of the Senate, the United Workers Party calls on Prime Minister Philip J Pierre to immediately remove Stanley Felix from the post in light of the outstanding charges expected to be brought today. today.

“The UWP, which lost the last general election here in July last year, said it viewed the development as ‘another dark day in Saint Lucia’s history when the country is already plagued by an increase in serious crime, particularly robberies and gun-related homicides.

“The United Workers Party further urges Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre to rid his government of any unsavory figures and criminal elements within his cabinet in the interest of this country,” the party said. (CMC)