Billionaire threatens lawsuit against government on eve of court date; says he was wrongfully detained

A Californian billionaire who is to appear before the magistrate’s court, tomorrow, May 14, to answer to three charges brought against him by law enforcement officials has threatened suits against Prime Minister Hon. Timothy Harris and the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.

The disclosure was made by billionaire David Alkiviades during a press conference at the Marriott Hotel, on May 13.

Alkiviades was charged with possession with intent to supply, possession of controlled drugs and importation of a controlled drug into the federation.

A press release put out by Swiss X, a company that Alkiviades owns, the billionaire claims that he and his friend Chase Ergen were arrested because talks with Prime Minister Harris about coordinating support efforts with other territories that have shown an interest in being shareholders in the hemp industry broke down.

Ergen is currently detained, allegedly because his bipolar disorder medication has not been verified, Alkiviades stated.

The billionaire said that this was wrongfully detained and went on to disclose that he had filled out the required paperwork to bring in his supplies.

He also dispelled rumors that he was here to purchase hundreds of acres of land for his business ventures, insisting that he wanted establish partnerships with local farmers.

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Alkiviades’ statement somewhat contradicts comments made in Parliament last week by Prime Minister Harris.

“We are told that some among us are assuring foreign interests of preferential treatment in return for underhanded funding for their ambitious pursuits. Misguided local operatives are promising land giveaways of up to three hundred (300) acres to their friends and associates. Let me make it clear, this Government has not granted any license to anyone to import plants or seeds. The Government has not had any conversation with any foreigner about setting up businesses to trade in cannabis. It would be irresponsible for us to do at this time since there is still a lot of work to be done,” Prime Minister Harris had said.