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