Police and immigration officials in St Kitts and Nevis are claiming that they were not aware that a man, who had been staying in the country since January, was wanted in Jamaica for several violent crimes, including murder.
The fugitive, 23-year-old Fitzroy Andre Coore, who is from Alexander Drive in Farm District, Clarendon, was held shortly after he arrived at the V.C Bird International Airport in Antigua on a flight from St. Kitts and Nevis on Friday.
According to a report on the St Kitts and Nevis Observer website, on Sunday, May 13, a police statement said that Coore “was not flagged as a wanted person” when he arrived on a flight to St Kitts from Jamaica on January 18.
This despite Coore being listed among Jamaica’s 30 most wanted that same month for the offence of shooting with intent.
“At the time of entry he (Coore) was not flagged in our system as a wanted person, (and) there was nothing to indicate that our Jamaican counterparts were seeking his arrest and he was in possession of a return ticket to Antigua,” the St Kitts and Nevis police said in their statement.
The release highlighted that as a CARICOM citizen and in accordance with the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, Coore was granted permission to stay for up to six months.
They say their inquiries had later revealed that it was not until April that the authorities in Antigua and Barbuda were notified of his status and they were put on watch.
“Notwithstanding this update, the authorities in St. Kitts and Nevis were still not notified of this development,” the St Kitts and Nevis observer quoted the police as saying in their statement.
It added that Coore departed St. Kitts on May 11 for Antigua and because of the information the authorities there received, “they were prepared to arrest him 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 regards to him (Coore) being wanted in Jamaica,” the police reaffirmed in their release.
Meanwhile, arrangements are being made by Antiguan immigration officials and the police to have Coore handed over to the Jamaican authorities.