Ca­lyp­so­nian Charged With Threat­en­ing To Kill St. Vin­cent PM and Fam­ily

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

An over­seas-based ca­lyp­so­nian is singing the blues af­ter be­ing charged with threat­en­ing to kill Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Ralph Gon­salves and his en­tire fam­ily, and us­ing sedi­tious words. But the at­tor­ney for Paul Scrubb is adamant it’s a witch hunt and an at­tempt to in­tim­i­date crit­ics in the Di­as­pora.

Scrubb, whose stage name is I-Madd, was re­leased on EC$25,000 (US$9,259) bail on Mon­day on charges that be­tween De­cem­ber 9 and 31 last year, he ma­li­ciously sent or ut­tered the threat, ‘Ralph Gon­salves should be as­sas­si­nated, also his whole damn fam­ily pe­riod; blessed love”; and that he ut­tered sedi­tious words – the same words in the threat.

His court ap­pear­ance came three days af­ter his ar­rest at the E.T Joshua Air­port last Fri­day, as he was leav­ing the is­land at the end of a five-week hol­i­day in his home­land.

As a con­di­tion of his bail, Scrubb was re­quired to sur­ren­der his travel doc­u­ments. He will not be al­lowed to leave the coun­try with­out the court’s per­mis­sion, and will have to re­port to the po­lice sta­tion twice a week. A pre­lim­i­nary in­quiry has been set for Oc­to­ber 31.

De­fence at­tor­ney Is­rael Bruce says not only are the charges trumped up, but forc­ing Scrubb to re­main in St Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines for at least the next three months puts his job in jeop­ardy.

“You’re ask­ing him to stay here for three months while you in­ves­ti­gate . . . In seven months, you couldn’t have enough ev­i­dence to bring the charge, but you want three more months and in three months you will be able to do it,” Bruce said scep­ti­cally. “The ul­ti­mate ob­jec­tive is scare­mon­ger­ing; to scare peo­ple like Paul Scrubb and the oth­ers. But for those who in­tend to suc­ceed on scare­mon­ger­ing, they must get the mes­sage: It will not work. Peo­ple in the Di­as­pora will be re­solved to speak about the is­sues in St. Vin­cent,” Bruce added.

Paul Scrubb was ar­rested as he was leav­ing St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines at the end of a five-week hol­i­day. (Photo credit: iwnsvg.com)

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