Prime Minister Harris denies meeting with billionaire, days after he left

Two days after billionaire Alkiviades David left St. Kitts and Nevis, after posting bail to several charges he faced, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris has denied meeting with the businessman.

Prime Minister Harris also refuted claims that he had discussions with another billionaire who was with David, Chase Ergen.

“I have never organized or in fact engaged in any meeting with either parties,” Prime Minister Harris was quoted as saying.

In relation to Chase Ergen, Prime Minister Harris said he knew of Ergen but he had not interaction with him on May 12.

“I have had reason in the past to intervene because Mr. Edwards was the subject of an Interpol investigation and as a consequence of that I had given direction that the St. Kitts and Nevis passport that he held and which he obtained from Denzil Douglas in 2010, that that passport and any subsequent one that he had that they had to be disabled and the Interpol be notified, and we did that really to prevent any reputation damage to St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Harris said.

Prime Minister Harris’ account is in total contradiction to Alkiviades’ account, which he gave on May 13, the very next day when the alleged encounter occurred.

David was charged with possession of controlled drugs, possession with intent to supply and importation of a controlled drug into the federation. He was briefly detained on Tuesday, May 14, before he posted a cash bail of $300,000 and $600,000 with two sureties.

The other billionaire Charles Edwards, also known as “Chase Ergen” of Colorado, was formally charged on May 15 with threatening language, resisting arrest, and battery on Police, stemming from a May 12 incident.

However, the Police have not yet indicated if he has since posted bail.