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St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The government has not responded at news time Saturday (May 6) to a call by the leader of the Opposition Dr. Denzil Douglas for the resignation of Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, or other allegations leveled by Dr Douglas, in relation to a Chinese economic citizen resident in the federation who is wanted in China on financial charges.

In a statement issued Friday (May 5), Dr. Douglas accuses the Prime Minister of rebuffing calls for cooperation with Interpol and China.

He said "Despite formal requests by China, as well as Interpol, to secure the return of Mr. Ren Biao from St. Kitts-Nevis to face prosecution in China, the current St. Kitts-Nevis government is refusing to cooperate."

He added that while the government has said there was no formal request from China, he was reliably informed that there had indeed been several requests to the government from a Caribbean Head of state whose country has diplomatic relations with China.  

Prime Minister Harris has not heeded the urgings of his fellow Caribbean Heads of Government to cooperate with the Government of China and with Interpol, Dr Douglas said.  

He accused the Prime Minister of exposing the country to severe and multi-faceted consequences and of stoutly refusing to provide a full account of the matter or to revoke the passport of Mr. Biao and do all that is necessary to stem this international scandal.

He concluded "I therefore on behalf of the Opposition call upon the Prime Minister to tender his resignation and to allow our great country to move beyond the quagmire in which he has placed it." 

The Team Unity Administration in statement Wednesday (May 3) dismissed charges that it is protecting the Chinese national Ren Biao and denied that China has made a formal request to the government.

The administration though admitted that it had received information on the matter.

The government's position is that the fugitive is entitled by the constitution to due process as is any other citizen.



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