St Lucia launches probe

  • pm anthony takes up stranded nepalis’ case
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Apr 10, 2015-

The St Lucian government has launched an independent inquiry into an alleged smuggling of dozens of Nepali students stranded in the nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea, according to St Lucian online news portals.

At least 70 Nepali students reached the island for February intake at the Lambirds Academy based in the town of St Gros Islet.

After the incident came to light, St Lucia’s Prime Minister Kenny D Anthony last week said that the Cabinet had already taken a decision to conduct an independent inquiry into the matter.

“The inquiry will determine, among other things, how the investors were granted approval, how the students arrived on the island and what arrangements were made for their studies and welfare,” Prime Minister Anthony said in a statement.  

While Anthony’s statement mentions only 60 Nepali students currently stranded there, it says nothing about 18 others who returned Nepal last month after a few weeks’ stay in St Lucia.

Besides 78 Nepali students, the Post has learnt that around 100 others had applied for admission at Lambirds Academy.

“Each student has paid Rs 60,000 to the college for the offer letter,” said Sohen Shrestha of Significant Education Consultancy. Twenty students had applied for admission at Lambirds from Shrestha’s consultancy.

Operated by Indian and Bangladeshi nationals, St Lambirds had charged the students up to Rs 2 million with on the pretext of providing credit transfer to the US-based universities after a year. The St Lucian authorities have charged four persons of south Asian origin with fraud, human trafficking and money laundering. The court ruling on the case that was due to take place on Friday had not been made public as of the late evening.

Published: 11-04-2015 08:31

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