Ruling party wants MP sacked over fraud allegations

St John's City South MP Attorney Steadroy "Cutie" Benjamin

St John's City South MP Attorney Steadroy "Cutie" Benjamin

ST.JOHN’S, Antigua – The ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) is calling on opposition MP Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin to bow out of the electoral race following a Privy Council decision that criminal charges were properly levelled against him.

UPP political hopeful for the Constituency All Saints East and St Luke, Senator Joanne Massiah told the media yesterday, “The UPP is of the view that ”Cutie” Benjamin must voluntarily step down as a candidate in the 2014 general elections. We believe it is the honourable thing to do because persons seeking the highest level of executive office in Antigua and; Barbuda must not have criminal charges against them.”

Massiah said if Benjamin refuses to step down, the leader of the opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP), Gaston Browne, should see that it is done.

It is alleged that on two separate occasions Benjamin, a notary public, signed passport applications for individuals purporting to be someone else.

(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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15 thoughts on “Ruling party wants MP sacked over fraud allegations

  1. All I would like to say to UPP when ,where,place,date and time to vote. Let get the show on the road. And go from there what is puzzle me I what this hold up. Action speak louder that voices. Bring it. And let good lord put the fit and better leader to run the island of Antigua that all for now

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  2. The UPP are a bunch of outlaws they are the ones should be already out of government ,they should take a good look in the mirror before looking at anyone else they are a sorry bunch except for a few.

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  3. We must hold our political leaders to a high standard of integrity. If this was the U.S or the U.K the candidate would have stepped down readily without asking to do so.

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  4. Guys:

    While I agree that this certainly a black eye for the senior member of the legal profession. I am a true believer in the quote ‘innocent until proven guilty’. Even Mr. Benjamin deserves his day in court. I hope that justice will not only be done, but even more importantly, seen to be done. The justice meted out to the poor man should be the same for the professional. Regardless of this influence and prominance in society.

    Importantly, I notice that most persons are comdemning Mr Benjamin; while he does play a significant role in the whole drama. IIt was the DPP who has orchestrated this predicament. How does he determine who charges are laid against? That is what I do find scary. How many other matters has he dealt with in a similar manner? How many other prominent members of society have been given a pass, when the poor have been hauled before the court and untimately jailed?

    That is truly frightening!

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  5. One is innocent until proven Guilty, that is the law of the land. Let justice takes it course.

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  6. I like him but the law is the law and over the years, he has been quite reckless, not only in this matter.

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  7. ,their should be some law to remove him,some ppl have no shame,respect for high office.that evil one.

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