Sources confirm “word leaked” on instructions to arrest Labour Party leader Denzil Douglas

Basseterre, St Kitts, May 7, 2019 – Multiple sources have confirmed that “word leaked” after directions were given to arrest Leader of the Opposition,
the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L. Douglas, when he returned to the Federation on Saturday.
Although the High Command issued a statement denying “there was no warrant out for the arrest of Dr Douglas,” scores of supporters refused to believe
the Police High Command and parked their vehicles along the F T Williams Highway and waited outside the private terminal. “Police do not need a warrant to arrest. Police can simply take a person up for questioning and that was the game plan,” the sources
said, adding: “The cat was out of the bag. Word leaked out and the authorities issued further instructions to pull back.” “Who gave the directions was not aware that the police could not make any arrest as any failure to declare a departure of an aircraft did not fall under the prevue
of the police,” one source said. “Air Traffic Control and Customs are the appropriate and competent authorities clearing all aircraft prior to departure, not the police,” said another source, who added: “bungling by that individual was responsible for the
seemingly embarrassing episode.” “Douglas was not flying any aircraft. Clearing was not his responsibility. It is the pilot’s,” said the source. Another source also pointed to the presence of a police vehicle on the airport compound awaiting the arrival of the private aircraft. Lawyers close to Dr Douglas and his supporters did not believe the statement from the Police High Command on Saturday.
Queen’s Counsel. Delano Bart and attorney Sylvester Anthony waited inside the private lounge in case their services were need.
As Dr Douglas appeared from the lounge and walked through the exit of the terminal, the crowd which included several party officials and candidates,
surged forward and lifted him above their shoulders in a jubilant greeting.
In a brief address to the crowd, Dr Douglas related that while he was in Dominica, he was informed that the authorities in Basseterre would wish to interview him on his return to St Kitts “because the aircraft he departed the Robert L Bradshaw International Airport on had no clearance.”
“I do not know why this government wants to harass me. I went to Dominica. They are saying that the aircraft that I went to Dominica on did not have clearance and on my return I would be questioned. I do not clear aircrafts. I am not a pilot and so when I return am told, I would be held and questioned. I thank God that you all are here, because if you were not here this morning, I might have been arrested.”
“And that is why I say, that we must continue to be on fire. We have our rights and we must never allow this dictatorial government to trample on the rights of the people of St Kitts and Nevis,” Dr Douglas told the crowd.
“I was a passenger. I do not give aircrafts clearance. I went through the government security checks when I was going out. I do not do like (Minister of Transport Hon Ian) Patches Liburd. I make sure that I go through security checks whenever I travel, whether at the main terminal or here at the lounge,” Dr Douglas said, adding: “I do not see why (Dr Timothy) Harris would try to arrest me.

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