Pressure Mounts On St Kitts Prime Minister To Address China Fugitive Issue

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – A group of protestors on Monday called on Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris to respond to allegations that a Chinese fugitive is being protected by the local authorities.

The Prime Minister was greeted by the protestors who were standing outside his office.

The placard-bearing demonstrators urged the prime minister to deal with the request by China to hand over one of its nationals.

China accuses Ren Biao, who holds Chinese and St. Kitts and Nevis citizenship, of swindling more than US$100 million from a Chinese state firm.

China, which does not have a formal relationship with Basseterre, said it has made a formal request, through a third-party Caribbean government to St. Kitts and Nevis, but Basseterre has failed to deal with the request.

On the weekend leader of the main opposition, St Kitts Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP), Dr. Denzil Douglas urged Harris to resign as the region and the world await the government’s next move following accusations that it is protecting a Chinese national who is paying large sums of money for continued protection.

In a statement on Friday Douglas said that despite formal requests by China, as well as Interpol, to secure the return of Ren Biao to face prosecution in China, the Government is refusing to cooperate.

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