A prominent Vincentian lawyer has questioned the origin of the three new charges against opposition senator, Vynnette Frederick.
A court on July 11 threw out six perjury charges against the opposition legislator.
Nine charges relating to false declarations, swearing falsely, and fabricating evidence were laid against her later that day.
The case has triggered much debate locally, regionally, and internationally.
“Where did they come from?” former attorney general, Parnell R. Campbell said of the three additional charges on Monday.
“Were they being put up in a refrigerator waiting patiently until that moment to bring them forth?” he further said on his weekly television programme, during which he explains the laws of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“If they were matters on which she could have been charged originally, why wait ‘til now to bring three fresh charges? Something is wrong. The prosecutorial system has been abused,” the former parliamentarian said.
“It has been used in a manner calculated to create maximum embarrassment for the young lady, regardless of the merits of the case,” said Campbell, who strongly criticised the police for arresting Frederick during lunch which her legal team, political colleagues and relatives at a restaurant in Kingstown.