On Monday, 28 October 2019, Justice Eddy Ventose of the High Court of St. Kitts & Nevis found the Attorney General of the Federation and an Inspector with the Royal St. Kitts & Nevis Police Force liable for unlawful arrest of award winning political consultant Matthew McMillan of BuzzMaker in December 2017.
Mr. McMillan was unlawfully arrested whilst working with the opposition Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) during the 2017 Nevis Island Administration elections. Mr. McMillan was detained and formally arrested on 4 December 2017 whilst attempting to leave the Federation at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport. His freedom of movement was constricted for approximately 12 hours before being released without charge. On Monday, the High Court ordered that Mr. McMillan be awarded a substantial sum for damages incurred related to his unlawful arrest.
“Political victimization should not happen to anyone in the Caribbean,” said Mr. McMillan in response to his court victory. “Politicians must realize that if they cannot illegally victimize and harass people over their political activity.”
“The region is blessed with a sound and independent judiciary. I hope to inspire all Kittitians and Nevisians wronged by this government to not give up – but, to stand up for your rights. It does not matter where you are born or where you come from, if you are wronged by government, you should seek justice – because, you too can win,” McMillan concluded.