Billionaire Charles Edwards, also known as Chase Ergen, ended a week in custody with a court case yesterday afternoon, May 20, during which he paid at least two fines imposed by the court.
He was fined $1500.00 for the use of threatening language to be paid forthwith or two months in prison and $3000.00 for Resisting Arrest to be paid forthwith or six months in prison.
Additionally, the businessman was convicted and cautioned for the offence of Battery.
Multiple reports have surfaced indicating that while the Director of Public Prosecutions office had no objection to Edwards’ bail, the Office of the Prime Minister had instructed the Police High Command to object to his release on bail.
The billionaire was detained by authorities from since May 12. He was part of businessman Alkiviades David’s entourage that travelled to St. Kitts and Nevis with intentions of forming partnerships for cannabis cultivation.
Alki David alleged that Edwards’ detention came about because talks between Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Timothy Harris and David fell through after the Prime Minister asked him (David) to do something that he did not wish to do.
Prime Minister Harris denied the allegations several days later and also refuted claims that he met with both billionaires.
PM Harris stated that Edwards has a bad reputation so he knew to stay away from him.
“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 reputational damage to St. Kitts and Nevis,” Prime Minister Harris said.