Repatriation process for Lambirds Academy students to resume soon

Repatriation process for Lambirds Academy students to resume soon

Officials from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the Government of Saint Lucia will be meeting with students involved in the Lambirds Academy scandal tomorrow.

One of the students, who asked not to be named, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) Tuesday (June 2) that this information was communicated to them recently.

The student said that police officials will pick them up at 8 a.m. Wednesday (June 3) to transport them to an unknown location for the meeting.

The meeting is being held to discuss with the students, the date and time and process in which they will be repatriated.

The male student, who spoke with SNO on the condition of anonymity, said he and his friends are happy to return home after being stranded here for several months.

He said he is glad that he will be able to reunite with his family, especially since he hasn’t seen or heard from them for the time they have been in Saint Lucia.

According to him, they are now more at ease, because they were given the assurance by government that once the case against Lambirds Academy concludes in their favour, they will have their money returned to them.

During the course of last week, the court heard each individual charge against the academy’s CEO Iftekhar Shams. He is facing charges of more than 60 counts of money laundering and human trafficking.

Shams along with three others are accused of scamming the students who are mainly from Nepal, India and the Philippines.

The group of students claimed that they had responded to an offer of education in hospitality, cruise and business management from Lambirds Academy, which is based in northern town of Gros Islet in St. Lucia.

The foreigners said they each paid US$9, 000 for the courses and US$13,000 to get to St. Lucia, but on arrival here were told by law enforcement authorities that they had been duped.

Some of the students have already been returned to their home with the assistance of the IOM.


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  1. Some body made an observation earlier on Marcus Foster photograph.I was shocked to see M/Foster's face compared to what he looks like years ago.To me he looks different.Has he just been recovered from a stroke?But,back to those Nepalese students,that was a very serious crime on record in this country.I really felt sad for these people.To me the perpertrators involve should be behind bars for a long time.I also think that,these students may suffers phycological effects as life goes on.Once you have tampered with someones career.IT's a challenging process.


  2. Tanto, Tanto. You will not know what doo doo this government has put you in untill they demit office. Remember Grynberg, Frenwell, NCA etc. I am at a lost to know why people don't learn from their mistakes. Time will tell.


  3. The government should allow the students to get their money first and then go home. These students should be at court for the court hearings. what kind of foolishness is this? Is it because government officials are invlove in the Lambird affairs? Thats the worst of this Labour government i have ever seen.


  4. I can't wait for that nonesence to be over. The crooks should refund the students their money and set them free.


  5. How are they gonna ensure that the case will rule in their favour? Marcus Foster eh say that yet!


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