Ghislaine Maxwell (D), the Canadian co-founder of a network accused of orchestrating “the largest-ever diamond heist” in the Caribbean, appears to be in more trouble than before.
Maxwell allegedly took $1.4 million in cash and diamond jewelry worth $2.7 million. Dressed as a US Federal Constable, the ringleader allegedly escorted the diamond heist crew through the island of St. Vincent, claiming he represented the US government.
The jewelers who were robbed lost more than $60 million worth of diamonds. The police said they were armed with machine guns and loaded with bullets.
Maxwell had previously been jailed until she was released due to lack of evidence.
“This organization needed Ghislaine to be their face, because she makes it look glamorous,” said Millard Vallely, a former official with the US Federal Property Manager of St. Vincent, the country where the robbery occurred.
In another unusual development, the Jamaican Ministry of Health has created a registry for drugs that expired between January and May of this year, drawing criticism from staff on the island.
The identification and registration of the pharmaceuticals that expired has been called “legitimate” since countries such as Jamaica, Chile, Costa Rica, and Norway, have similar records for their pharmaceuticals.
Antonio Gayle-Serro, Antigua’s Labour Party Member of Parliament, said on MSNBC that he “respectfully disagrees” with the registry and is “disappointed that the health ministry would go down this path.”
Kerwick Stanley Miller, an Antiguan doctor, said, “We need to regulate this.”
Since its inception, the registry has received negative attention. An accompanying registry shows the following:
Agents supply medical items/items that expired in 2019
Deaths that occurred between January 1, 2019 and May 31, 2019
Approved changes to regulations
Applications that expired
Applications that are pending
Data that was turned over prior to Jan. 1, 2019
Collection of expired items
And the serious concern is that with a global shortage of medication, the registry could hurt those most in need on the island. “We are seeking to establish a system of medicinal provisions that will reflect the different health-related issues in the territories and cover both infrastructural and agricultural issues in accordance with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda,” the Ministry of Health’s website states.
With several countries making variations of the registry, and the beleagured health sector on the island, the ministry’s actions are being criticized.
Caught up in scandal, Maxwell recently had her passport revoked, delaying her attempt to defend herself. Upon learning the passport had been revoked, the lead prosecutor in the case also appeared to suggest Maxwell would be committed to mental health facility.
“One of the concerns that will be having to do with [Ghislaine Maxwell] is that she’s a mental health professional,” Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Crown Counsel, George Ashipour, told Channel 4 News after the passport cancellation. “I don’t know anything about that, but that would be one of the areas you would probably have to look at.”
Just days later, Maxwell did say she would go to court to contest the crown’s request.
Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial is set to continue tomorrow, June 19.