The embattled premier of the British Virgin Islands (BVI), Andrew Fahie, has claimed immunity from prosecution on drug trafficking charges, Sky News has reported.
He is therefore demanding his immediate release from US custody.
According to Fahie, he cannot be tried for the allegations because he is an elected, constitutional head of government of the British overseas territory.
He was arrested in Miami by agents of the US Drug Agency (DEA) posing as Mexican drug traffickers.
Port Director, Oleanvine Maynard, who was with him, was also arrested and charged.
The arrest sent shock waves through the BVI.