Special laws to punish persons for crimes against tourists not necessary: Fedee

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Special laws to punish persons for crimes against tourists not necessary: Fedee
Left: Men accused of murdering British tourist Roger Pratt during a robbery in St Lucia. Right: Cruise passengers visibly shaken after their group was held at gun point and robbed in a separate incident on St. Lucia. * FILE PHOTOS
Left: Men accused of murdering British tourist Roger Pratt during a robbery in St. Lucia a few years ago. Right: Cruise passengers visibly shaken after their group was held at gun point and robbed in a separate incident on St. Lucia in 2013. * FILE PHOTOS

Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has sided against suggestions for special laws to be institutionalised to deal with crime against tourists; instead he wants legislation that takes the entire population into consideration and not any specific grouping.

Fedee spoke to reporters on the heels of a meeting held among various stakeholders in Soufriere which was geared at deciding on a clear policy aimed at reducing crime on yachtsmen and women.

There has been debate as to whether laws should be established against crime on tourists as the island’s economy is dependent on the sector.

Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee said: “I think incidents of crime… are really, really sensitive and no doubt tourism would be affected, but so would the safety of local people. And so for me the conversation ought not to be a specific policy to deal with crime for tourists but as a country we need to make the country safe for all of us. The citizenry, our children, the elderly, single mothers.”

Fedee called for a holistic approach to deal with the matter.

“We have to make sure that there is a comprehensive effort…These are the things that we need to address[they include] the judicial system. If someone commits a crime, what’s the point of arresting him and not trying him or having the wherewithal to be able to try that case fast enough. I think that all of these things do add and does stymie efforts to reduce the crime. But I don’t wanna separate tourism from the rest of us. I want to say that it continues to be a major concern for the entire country,” he said.

Fedee reiterated that he does not agree with the notion that government should establish criminal laws specific to tourists as it is the entire country that is affected by crime and needs to be safe, not just visitors.

“No, I don’t subscribe to it. What I subscribe to is a national policy to make this country safe for all of us, whether we’re tourists or citizens,” he said.

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  1. There is this breathtakingly beautiful island with two iconic mountains, crystal clear water and miles of golden sand which beckons you to come and explore - that is how St Lucia is advertised abroad.
    There should be a proviso that says “looks is deceiving”. Once you enter this paradise island, never put your guards down, travel in groups everywhere, avoid local venues because you can be a target or can get caught in the crossfire of warring gangs or bandits. To ensure your safety from rape, bolt your doors day and night. It is not personal, the locals are subjected to the same kind of treatment but you are more likely to be singled out because you are a tourist. If you are assaulted it’s your fault because you are warned before coming to St Lucia. Take it or leave it!

    Minister Fedee, I doubt that you and the prime minister would entice any tourist to your shore. Tourists want to know that there is no slack where their welfare is concerned and that everything possible is done to keep them safe whilst they are on your island.

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  2. I've said it once and I'll say it again. The only way to solve any of this hold-up crime
    on the Island is:- when one is found guilty HE DESERVES A GOOD CUT ASS WITH A
    LOLO-BEFF. I'm not asking anyone to disagree as I know too well you will; it's my
    opinion and everyone is entitled to one. It does not matter who the victim is, native
    or not, you steal, you get a cut-ass. Repeat offenders should get it in public, and
    their faces should be in the Papers. Now give me hell, but you have to live with it.

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  3. what kinda bullshit is this and my people suffering , raped robbed murdered . Anyone drinking the bullshit of that story deserve the hell that all politicians should get.......................

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  4. whose stupid idea is that? st lucia have laws to protect everyone. it is the fault of first the criminal people who disobey the law and the police who fail to their job and the judiciary who fail to be of value in this country. it is not the lack of laws, the problem is obedience of the law and its enforcement. tourists not better than us to create special laws for them. whoever thought of this need to be fired.

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  5. Why the special treatment all crime is crime whether local or tourist,are you all serious. Special punishment for tourist only. I tell you only in St.Lucia,Mr Fedee is not that stupid after all.

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  6. . Tourists saving for their life time vacation , taking cruises etc , and that's your response? Too many times tourists are robbed, killed , assaulted etc . This senseless crimes must stop . Those crimes goes unsolved .Those bandits have to under st.lucia is fully dependent on tourism. That's an embarrassment fedee . Something must be done . You as minister should have a tougher approach towards a dressing this problem.

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  7. As I agree, tourists need to feel safe visiting any country; but so does the citizens. Tougher panishment need for all

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