Alexander files law suit against Antigua following arrest

Dowlin Alexander

The government of Antigua and Barbuda is facing legal action from Dominica businessman Dowlin Alexander who was arrested upon his arrival at the V.C Bird International Airport last week Friday.

Police in Antigua had arrested Alexander based on a notice issued by INTERPOL on behalf of the French government.

Alexander, through his attorney Wendel Robinson, is seeking damages which could amount to as much as ECD$200.000.00

Robinson told reporters that his client was wrongfully arrested and was exposed to the most inhumane situation while in the holding cell in St John’s Antigua.

The lawsuit filed is against the Commissioner of Police Atlee Rodney and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister, Steadroy Benjamin.

“So, it is a breach of his liberty, breach of this freedom of movement, false imprisonment, I would say arbitrary arrest, being arrested and wasn’t given any reason, oral reason or any reason as to why he’s been arrested or detained. No documents were served upon him during the 48 hours he was detained and also there has been a breach of his treaty rights. We are members of the OECS.” Attorney Robinson said.

He said “according to policies, everybody within the OECS moves freely among the OECS and remember, he’s not convicted of an offense. He’s not yet charged with an offense. If the French authorities charged him, that is in the jurisdiction of the French authorities but he is not in the jurisdiction of the French authorities. He was in the jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda, and Antigua and Barbuda had no justification for detaining him”.

Where the INTERPOL Red Notice is concerned, Robinson explained that Antigua and Barbuda had no right to arrest him based on the French government’s request

“INTERPOL Red Notice serves as an alert to the countries concerned, but it does not automatically give anybody the right to have the person arrested as the case may be. It is just a notice informing that this person is a person of interest wanted perhaps by another territory, and [in] the jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda.”

“So, there should be a monitoring process. Now if the French government or the French authorities want him arrested, then there’s a process which has to be done,” he said

Meanwhile Alexander in an affidavit said that he arrived at V.C Bird on a LIAT flight at 6 p.m. after he cleared immigration and proceeded towards the Customs Department to collect his luggage.

He said once that was done, a “fat man dressed in plain clothes” took him back to the immigration department where he overheard something about a Red Notice. The man was later identified as a police officer.

Alexander was immediately transported to the police station in St Johns.

“All I was told by Sergeant Chapman at CID is that I am wanted by overseas law enforcement for drug trafficking. Nothing else was said to me nor was I given any documents; except for a list of items taken from me and being held by the police in CID along with my Dominican passport…”

“There are no blankets, no pillows, and no mattress available to sleep on, except for empty benches. I hardly got any sleep. Human feces [is] all over the floor in the bathroom and there is no running water. The toilets are not even flushing,” he said in the statement. Alexander, who is well known in Dominica, said that he was given no reason why he was being detained and was never shown any Red Notice or any other document.

“No warrant for my arrest was issued to me by the police officer. My human rights are being infringed upon,”

He said the police in Antigua did not offer him anything to eat but in any case, the conditions around him were not conducive to eating.

“I cannot eat in the cells because of the stench from the feces in the nearby bathroom. No hand sanitizers are available and no mask is given to me to block out the scent. It is the worst experience I ever endured. I have never been convicted of any offense in Antigua and as recently as a few weeks ago I was in Antigua,” he said

Adding, “Furthermore, my rights as a native of an island within the OECS, being born in Dominica, was further infringed under the relevant regional tactics which govern members of the OECS regarding freedom of movement.”

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25 Comments

  1. bianca jack
    July 18, 2023

    What is Interpol red notice for?
    An Interpol red notice is not an international arrest warrant but asks authorities worldwide to provisionally detain people pending possible extradition or other legal actions

    so the lawyer say
    “INTERPOL Red Notice serves as an alert to the countries concerned, but it does not automatically give anybody the right to have the person arrested as the case may be. It is just a notice informing that this person is a person of interest wanted perhaps by another territory, and [in] the jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda

    that lawyer should have researched what a red notice is before opening his mouth

  2. Electric
    July 16, 2023

    Dominica businessman Dowlin Alexander :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

  3. Anthony P. Ismael
    July 16, 2023

    Scores of Dominicans travel all the time and there are no “Red Alerts,” issued by Interpol. There can be no smoke without fire.

  4. Bwa-Banday
    July 15, 2023

    Dowlin garson, take this as a warning to change your DORTY ways. You and your bro think you are invincible but people are only in political power for period of time until the people who put them there decides enough is enough. “THEY” say you are a businessman which has me laughing my behind off because jah know best. Tell us how you became a businessman please sir! There are many ways to become a businessman because my big bro was a big-time drug dealer and no one referred to him as a businessman. Matter of fact his home was constantly searched by the police until he was busted.

    My brodda you better leave that alone because you don’t want regional police to put you on their secret list. You and I know where there is smoke there is fire and we don’t want to put gas in that fire.

  5. Ben hur
    July 14, 2023

    Guadeloupe Martinique joined caricom they have a treaty to arrest and expulsion wanted person so who doe know is because it looking like they was keeping it quiet

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  6. Ben hur
    July 14, 2023

    The problem is new laws are being voted among parliaments and they are not being advertised to the people and lawyers so is like somebody have to go through it for people to know….Caricom countries independent and non independent including Martinique and guadeloupe who recently joined has come together at a treaty that any individual from any caricom country wanted for a crime in any caricom country as is found in any caricom countries will be arrested and expuLeeds to the country where charges facing him ….watch all u self

  7. Bwa-Banday
    July 14, 2023

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: If it was in Dca the plastic DLP police force would book you a siute at the Intercontinental/ Kempinski Hotel but crapo smoked you damn pipe in Antigua so now you bawling. Man just shut up and take it like a real man! Only in Dca you have force. You are lucky big garrat-bubba was not in the cell with you because is not on the door alone poop would be but all over your rear end with you pants down at your knees.

    Pardner here is what I want you to remember; The evil that men like you do will leave with you as long as you have breath.

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    • Man bite dogs
      July 16, 2023

      @ Bwa – Banday, That last verse, should also be told to Ugly Lenny, and his acolytes; please let me remind you, “The evil that men like you do will leave with you as long as you have breath ” Very good just you remember to share with so-called UWP clowns and sick parrots.

  8. Magway ca
    July 14, 2023

    Well if there is a warrant for his arrest why does it take Antigua to move on an interpol warrant. When he is in Dominica and the dca popo always claim they work hand in hand with interpol but he was not picked up in dca

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    • Man bite dogs
      July 16, 2023

      Magway ca, You do not understand how Interpol works or anything about Interpol for a start no Interpol, FBI, CIA,or
      British intelligent could not walk into Dominica and arrest anyone more so a Dominican citizen, without being given permission be advised Dominica is no longer a tin pot or banana republic as it was under Edison James, so-called workers incompetent party.

      • bianca jack
        July 18, 2023

        i guess you did not comprehend what magway ca said

        he never said that interpol can come in dca and arrest. he said that dca popo works hand in hand with interpol so dca popo was the ones who should have been first to act on that warrant. not let the man run round dca and then for anu popo to arrest him in anu

        dca popo was supposed to have made that arrest on behalf of interpol

        but people like you always lack basic comprehension so that expected

      • If we knew better
        July 19, 2023

        Edison James? that was since 1995. almost 30 years ago. What? are you you talking about?

  9. Original
    July 13, 2023

    If it’s a wrongful arrest, then Dowling should go Guadeloupe or to the French authorities and have his name cleared….and sue the French in the process…

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    • Bigbamboo
      July 14, 2023

      :-D :-D dat for him to do oui. Right now he sheeting bricks!

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    • July 14, 2023

      Guadeloupe and Martinique joined the caricom community they have a treat your to arrest wanted individuals and that the problem some people don’t know there rights and they just taking advice from people who just don’t know and just want what they have

  10. If we knew better
    July 13, 2023

    Thats fine. Dowlin is a good sponsor of the DLP and one of the soldiers, navy seals, snipers that Madame Skerrit loves so much. These are the kinds of people that the DLP is fully in bed with. Hence why i want the election reform to have a forensic analysis of the funds that parties receive. But non the less, Nothing will happen to him. Skerrit will write a whatsapp to Gaston Brown and Dowlin will be flown home. Maybe even on a private jet.

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    • MI9
      July 27, 2023

      Exactly, all these crooks and gangsters are protected by Bonny and Clyde of Morne Daniel!

  11. dissident
    July 13, 2023

    So what is de real reason behind the firebombing of the vehicle of de journalist who reported the story first?
    If de man claim to be innocent…..why all de drama and show off???
    Did de reporter tell a lie in de report?
    No comments from the ministry of security eh!!!!!

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  12. MEME
    July 13, 2023

    The entire CDPF seem to be afraid of you, but don’t you worry, the French will nab you!

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  13. Johnny
    July 13, 2023

    DNO please explain business man, what kind of reporting is this, tell us the people what is his business, you think red notice is actioned for legitimate business man. The press afraid to talk man or you scared for your transport? Fertilizer is like poison so I shall assume if a business man is selling poison he legal, boy see joke.

  14. Ibo France
    July 12, 2023

    Antigua is getting entangled in all sorts of controversies and has severe difficulties to extricate itself.

    The seizure and sale of the luxury yacht, Alfa Nero, the kidnapping of one Mehul Choski have given Antigua an indelible stain. The list of dubious governmental faux pas is inexhaustible.

    Antigua and Dominica are two colossal embarrassments to the Caribbean region. These two misleaders live in a dark place.

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    • Man bite dogs
      July 17, 2023

      Ibo, Antigua is no stranger to controversy on their door steps!!

  15. Skerro
    July 12, 2023

    You do right sue them for a millions these people disrespectful with there nasty place make sure you check doctor for infection in your lungs good luck my brother

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    • Galileo
      July 14, 2023

      Reading comments like yours is so upsetting and makes my wonder should we mourn with you when people like you become victims of criminal activity. The issue here is authorities not following correct procedures and in the process messing things up and that’s what we should focus on. Having said this, we all in the Dominican community know who these guys are and should not make heroes of them. When our children emulate them and criminal activities increase then we start crying and blaming leaders when we are our children first teacher and we teach them both explicitly and implicitly.

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      • MEME
        July 14, 2023

        @Galileo
        That’s a beautiful comment!!
        I support it 100%.

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