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Apostle Lincoln Doughty, the leader of El Shaddai Deliverance Ministries.
SASCHA WILSON

Head of the El Shaddai Deliverance Ministries Lincoln Doughty was arrested by police, last night.

He is expected to make a virtual court appearance today, charged with gathering in a public place in contravention of the COVID-19 regulations on Sunday.

Doughty was arrested by officers of the Southern Division around 11.30 pm at his Iere Village, Princes Town home, police said.

On Sunday, he had led his followers on Harris Promenade in San Fernando to pray for the nation.  The police had cautioned informed him that he was breaking the law and allowed him and his followers to leave, pending investigations.

Religious leaders and members of the public have since condemned his actions, with some describing his behaviour as sickening, disgusting and reckless. 

In an interview with Guardian Media on Monday, Doughty said he had no regrets as the Lord told him to do it.

“No regrets, no apology neither. I only fear God,” he had said.

Doughty said nobody in his congregation could get COVID.

“The Lord tell me to go there (Promenade). I even questioned God. I am no mad man. I know it is people lives we dealing with.”

Doughty said he had written to Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and President Paula Mae-Weekes asking for a curfew from 6 pm to 6 am.

When asked why he wished the police officers would get COVID and die, Doughty said he did not regret what he had said.  He told Guardian Media his Lord told him three times to say it.

He said he formed his church four years ago, and had a membership of about 75 to 100 people.