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ANTIGUA | Tourism Minister released from detention in UK following arrest

Featured Antugua's Tourism Minister, Ascot Michael has been released from police custody Antugua's Tourism Minister, Ascot Michael has been released from police custody
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Oct. 23, CMC – Just hours after being arrested in the United Kingdom on Monday, Tourism Minister, Ascot Michael has been released from police custody.

This was confirmed by the Government’s Chief of Staff, Lionel “Max” Hurst who told the Antigua Observer that Michael was released from custody shortly after 4:00pm (local time).

According to Hurst, Michael, who is being represented by UK lawyer James Guthrie, may be wanted for further questioning.

The details surrounding his arrest are not known.

Shortly after news of the arrest emerged, Prime Minister Gaston Browne, by way of a release said he advised Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams to immediately revoke Michael’s appointment from the Cabinet.

The Prime Minister said  he received news from Antigua and Barbuda’s High Commissioner in London, Karen-Mae Hill, that  Michael was arrested on his arrival in England early Monday.

“While I have no firm details of the reasons for Mr. Michael’s arrest, the arrest itself is sufficient for me to revoke immediately his appointment as a Cabinet member and to relieve him of all Ministerial portfolios until this matter is resolved,” PM Browne said.

“I have repeatedly stated that I expect every member of my government to comply with the highest possible standards required of public office, and while Mr. Michael might establish his innocence in time, the fact that he has been arrested, obliges me to relieve him of all government duties,” he added.

  • Countries: Antigua_Barbuda