Hon Fahie, who was recently granted bail and is now out of detention in Miami, was one of three Members of the House of Assembly (HoA) who sent in notices of absence, according to Speaker Hon Corine N. George-Massicote.
“Please note that the following Members have given notice of their absence from today’s sitting,” Hon Massicote read and then listed the Members as being Minister for Natural Resources and Labour Hon Melvin M. Turnbull (R2); Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs and Sports Hon Sharie B. deCastro and Member for the First District Hon Andrew A. Fahie.
Former Premier Fahie was detained in Miami on April 28, 2022, by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on drugs and money laundering conspiracy charges.
He was released on bail from the Miami Detention Centre on June 13, 2022; however, he is not allowed to leave the US or his place of residence in Miami.
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) in a statement on May 2, 2022, said “Like all persons charged with a criminal offense, Andrew Fahie is entitled to the presumption of innocence, procedural fairness, and a free and affair trial within a reasonable time.”