Asot Michael responds to “misleading” Observer reports

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(Press Release)

“I have been shown a copy of the article printed in the Observer and later repeated in a broadcast by Martina Johnson on Observer News, on 25th October 2017.

The article and broadcast both began with statement that “The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the UK did not pick up Antigua and Barbuda’s M.P Asot Michael for a routine interview as he suggested in a press statement Tuesday.”

I would like to make it clear that I have not said or suggested at any time that the interview was “routine”. My press statement was as follows: “After completing the usual formalities, I was approached by police officers, who asked me to accompany them. I agreed. The officers wished to interview me, and for that purpose, I was arrested.

I have been advised that this is often done when persons are traveling and not expected to remain in the United Kingdom.”

Every word of this is true. The statement made in the Observer article and broadcast is therefore untrue and misleading.

I have been advised by my lawyers that I am unable to make any comment on the contents of my interview with the police while their investigation is ongoing. However, I will state again, as in my previous statement, that in the interview I made it clear to the British police that I deny any allegations made against me, and that I have not been involved in any wrongdoing, which is the case.

I hope this further statement will be reported without any misleading comment by the Observer, or elsewhere in the media.”

The Hon. Asot A. Michael, MP for St. Peter’s Constituency
26th October, 2017

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14 COMMENTS

  1. Asot, just buse off dem UK police, jump on a plane an come home, man! That’s how u accustomed to behave down here, not so?

  2. What a load of garbage. Does Asot think all Antiguans are idiots? No one gets arrested because they are to be interviewed. And if they arrested everyone who was travelling and not staying in the UK, there would be a big noise about such goings ons.

    Why would you attain lawyers if you were not arrested?

    This is one situation you may want to confide with Elmo. Let’s see what Elmo can do for you now.

    • I understand what ur saying but even I tru my sporting days while traveling with a diplomat passport as I often pass tru uk to get to Germany have been detained for questioning from time to time for different reason. So this has also happened to others that I know. It even happens here even if ur being held for questioning unless you go willingly when requested the only way u can be question is to be detained or arrested its procedure. They will not question u at the side of the road.. that’s how the system works. I have a friend in the U.K. That was arrested for spitting and had to lawyer up. It’s always ur word against there having a lawyer in any police situation is always a good idea… before we cast judgement let’s wait for the facts. No disrespect just wanted to shead some light on ur statement.

  3. If he don’t do any thing wrong y he write a note to observe media that’s look fishe and sound funny .how can the take u on a interview at the airport .and arrested him only good know what happen.

  4. Don’t be decieved, if the police asked that you accompany them for an interview, they will not arrest you unless there’s something for them to arrest you on. There’s a lawsuit call false arrest that the British police don’t want on their plate. They can arrest an individual on suspicious grounds, but there must be something so that they don’t find themselves walking on thin ice.

  5. I notice some people want to put a spin on what happened! I think Asot said it best ” and I quote” I was arrested ” ! Asot also said he couldn’t make and comments about the “interview” while the “investigation” was still ongoing! So two things we know for a fact.. he was arrested and there is an ongoing investigation! Still no need to assume it’s the end of this youthful politician’s career! Let’s hope for Asot’s redemption and reconciliation 🌴🇦🇬🌴

  6. Black on black in the Charger I’m creepin’ Rub me the right way, you might get a genie B.o.B, black Houdini

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