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St Kitts police charge two, including a woman with Venezuelan Embassy fire

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Police confirmed that the two people had been formally arrested and charged with the offence of unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to the building on January 5.

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts. Tuesday February 4, 2014, CMC – Two people, including a woman, have been charged in connection with the fire that destroyed the Venezuelan Embassy and partly damaged the building housing the Organization of American States (OAS) Office last month in what one diplomat said was a “malicious act”.

Police confirmed that the two people had been formally arrested and charged with the offence of unlawfully and maliciously setting fire to the building on January 5.

Last month, Opposition Leader Mark Brantley dismissed suggestions by the government that opposition politicians may have played a role in the fire that destroyed the buildings.

“It is sad that Prime Minister Douglas has sought, through innuendo, to inflame this unfortunate incident and blame the Opposition. To connect a peaceful opposition protest at the Marriott with these fires several hours later and several miles away can make sense only to the most cunning and calculating mind,” Brantley said in a statement.

Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas had warned that his administration would deal “firmly” with anyone “involved in fomenting mayhem and destruction” in the twin-island federation as law enforcement authorities continue to probe the circumstances surrounding the two fires.

In a radio and television broadcast, Dr Douglas said that in recent months, those who opposed his administration “have attempted to undermine my Government and weaken our nation by attacking, in various ways, relations between St Kitts and Nevis and other nations.

So far this year, there have been four fires including one that destroyed the Treasury building in Nevis, and another that gutted a building belonging to former leader of the main opposition People’s National Movement (PAM), Lindsay Grant.

The police say they are continuing to investigate the Nevis fire, but said that the blaze at the building owned by Grant was due to an electrical fault.

The owners of that building have disputed the police findings.

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