Prime Minster Ralph Gonsalves has ordered that the salary for recalled diplomat, Edson Augustus, be discontinued.
Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, told I-Witness News on Thursday that he gave the order on Tuesday.
The decision came as Augustus failed to report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kingstown, five days after he was recalled, and his diplomatic passport withdrawn.
The Government announced on Monday that it had recalled the former deputy consul general at the nation’s Consulate in New York, having received “sufficient confirmation” of reports that he was “involved in activities outside the scope of his employment and inimical to the interest of the Consulate General and the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines”.
Gonsalves said he inquired around Thursday afternoon and Augustus had not returned to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
“He was recalled on the 7th. He has to tell the Foreign Ministry where he is. If he doesn’t, that is not in keeping the terms of his employment, Gonsalves said, adding that he therefore ordered that Augustus’ salary be stopped as of Feb. 7.
On Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in its statement, “All matters touching and concerning the said activities are under further review,”