The Antiguan and Barbudan government is dismissing a lawsuit filed by a prominent Dominican businessman challenging his arrest and subsequent release in Antigua.
According to Lionel Max Hurst, the government’s Chief of Staff, the claims lack merit and would not hold up in court.
The lawsuit names Antigua and Barbuda’s Attorney General, Steadroy Benjamin, and Commissioner of Police, Atlee Rodnev, as defendants.
The businessman, Dowlin Alexander, who was detained in Antigua last week, is represented by Wendel Robinson. The lawsuit seeks damages for false imprisonment, wrongful arrest, and violation of freedom of movement.
Alexander’s attorney filed a Writ of Habeas Corpus and a constitutional motion, arguing that his client’s arrest was arbitrary and violated his rights.
However, Hurst asserts that Antigua and Barbuda has the authority to determine who can be considered persona non grata, citing previous experiences.
Alexander was promptly returned to Dominica after his arrival, and Hurst claims that this decision cannot be challenged in court, absolving Antigua and Barbuda of any liability.
In his sworn affidavit, Alexander describes being taken back to the immigration department by an unidentified individual after clearing immigration, where he overheard mention of a Red Notice.
He was then transported to the Criminal Investigations Department in St. Johns and held in custody.