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Former Saint Lucia Government Minister Dr. Keith Mondesir, on Tuesday declared that he has never owned a gun, amid reports police arrested him after complaints regarding a firearm.
He disclosed that the police searched his home and did not find a weapon.
Mondesir, a former Anse La Raye-Canaries MP in a United Workers Party (UWP) administration, said he owns a property in Beausejour, Gros Islet.
He said Rayneau Gajadhar’s construction company washes vehicles that carry cement, and the water flows into the drain on his property, settles, and becomes a concrete mass.
“It blocks the drain and blocks the pipe that runs onto my property,” Mondesir told St. Lucia Times.
He said he went to Rayneau Construction and Industrial Products Limited to report the matter, the company cleaned the drain and invited him to contact them should the problem occur again.
According to the former MP, when the problem persisted, he contacted a company employee and received a reprimand and an order to leave.
“I left, went to my vehicle, then they reported I went in my vehicle to take a gun,” Mondesir told St. Lucia Times.
However, he declared that he had never owned a gun and had never applied for a firearm licence.
“Up to this day, I have no gun,” Mondesir declared.
He recalled that four months ago the police searched his home and found no weapon.
The former MP said on Monday, the police returned and searched twice but did not find a firearm.
“They are harassing me because four months ago, all that was gone but lately it is coming back again,” Mondesir lamented.
The former MP asserted that he could have obtained a legal firearm when he served as National Security Minister but did not.
Mondesir told St. Lucia Times that he qualifies to own one even now.
“I told them fifteen years later I am so ignorant and so against the law for me to go, knowing I can have a legal firearm with no problem, that I would get a gun without a licence? I told the officer that doesn’t make sense,” the former Minister stated.
He said he spent about two hours at the Gros Islet Police Station and intends to seek legal advice regarding his spat with the construction company over its activities near his property.
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