The Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) says it will by Wednesday announce “the direct course of action” it will take as a result of the arrest of opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick last Thursday.
Frederick was arrested and slapped with nine charges relating to making false declarations, swearing falsely, and fabricating evidence, hours after a magistrate dismissed six charges against her.
“The New Democratic Party, in a day or two, will announce the direct course of action that we will take with regard to this matter,” Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace said on his weekly radio programme on Monday.
“We cannot allow things like this to continue. We cannot allow our freedoms to be eroded. And most of all, we cannot allow our country to be chained,” the NDP president further said.
He said developments like that involving Frederick would cause citizens to question whether there is a judicial system that protects their interest.
This, he said, has social, political and economic implications, including for foreign and local investment.
“I think we need to have a very clear perspective as to how these matters should be settled,” he said, adding that the party will decide its response at an internal meeting on Tuesday.
“I encourage our people to continue to speak on this issue. Vynnette today, it’s you tomorrow … or the next day. We can’t forget that. We must not forget that.
“We look forward to action being taken by as many people as possible to express their dissatisfaction…” Eustace further stated.
“I am calling on all Vincentians to keep your eye focused on this matter. … It is not just about Vynnette; it is about the system of justice in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a system that protects your rights and freedoms, a required under our Constitution. … All of us must be conscious of that.
“I find the matter exceedingly annoying … that you should have an administration in office today that is prepared to disregard our rights, our freedoms,” Eustace further stated.
“We are calling on Vincentians to keep your eyes on the ball and join those who are trying to do something to change the situation which we now face.
“This is not the world that we want. The world out there is hard enough for us to impose self-inflicted wounds. When it comes to your freedoms, when it comes to justice, don’t play games with it. It is too important, too fundamental…” Eustace said.
The charges dismissed on Thursday stem from private complaint that Frederick had made against Prime Minister DR. Ralph Gonsalves after the December 2010 general elections.
She is due in court on July 31 in relation to the charges brought against her Thursday.