Local security officials make statement on Jamaican fugitive arrested in Antigua

From the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force

The following is a statement on the Jamaican fugitive arrested in Antigua:

It has been brought to the attention of the chief immigration officer and the Police High Command that a Jamaican national, who was wanted in his country for criminal acts committed there, was arrested in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday, May 11. We also learned that he was apprehended after disembarking a flight from St. Kitts during a joint operation between the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda and immigration officials at the V.C. Bird International Airport, Antigua.

Our investigations so far have revealed that the individual in question, Fitzroy Andre Coore, 23, of Jamaica arrived in St. Kitts on a flight from Antigua on Jan. 18. At the time of entry, he was not flagged in our system as a wanted person, there was nothing to indicate that our Jamaican counterparts were seeking his arrest or that he was in possession of a return ticket to Antigua.

As a CARICOM citizen, in accordance with the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramus, he was granted permission to stay for up to six months. Further [inquries] have also revealed that it was only after the advanced passenger information was submitted on the same day the fugitive was set to depart from St. Kitts that the authorities in Antigua and Barbuda were notified of his status and were put on watch. Notwithstanding this update, the authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis were still not notified of this development.

Coore departed St. Kitts May 11 for Antigua. Because of the information the authorities there received, they were prepared to arrest Coore once he disembarked the aircraft.

The chief immigration officer and the Police High Command would like to make it very clear that at no point in time prior to, or during his stay in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, was any information passed on to our immigration authorities or other law enforcement agencies in St. Kitts and Nevis from any regional or international institution with regard to him being wanted in Jamaica. We consider regional cooperation on border security and other security related matters integral to ensuring that the perpetrators of crime do not find refuge in any other territory, including St. Kitts and Nevis. Such cooperation is of paramount importance in creating safe communities and ensuring that justice is served across the region.