BREAKING NEWS: EU delegation issues stern statement on St. Lucia’s handling of IMPACS Report

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BREAKING NEWS: EU delegation issues stern statement on St. Lucia’s handling of IMPACS Report
Pm Anthony... EU says due process must be followed according to local criminal laws.
Pm Anthony... EU says due process must be followed according to local criminal laws.
Pm Anthony… EU says due process must be followed according to local criminal laws.

Less than three weeks after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Victoria Clarke-Charles revealed during a press conference that the majority of the IMPACS Report did not contain “the evidentiary material” admissible in accordance with local laws, the European Union has released its own statement on the report, calling on “all those responsible to ensure due process according to the St. Lucia criminal law system”.

Below is the full EU statement obtained exclusively by St. Lucia News Online:

Local EU Statement on St Lucia

The European Union Delegation issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission responsible for St. Lucia, following their meeting in Barbados of 1 December 2015:

“The EU reiterates its support and strong commitment to the development of St Lucia recognizing the challenges it faces as a small and vulnerable island state. Substantive support has been provided by the EU and its Member States in various areas, from health, trade, agriculture to infrastructure, and much progress has been made.

Successful growth and development include effective legal systems and criminal justice. In this context, the public statement on 8 March 2015 by the Honourable Prime Minister Kenny Anthony on the IMPACS report is very important. Following this statement, due process must be followed. Without due process, there would be no effective criminal justice system.

The EU and it Member States call on those responsible to ensure due process according to the St Lucia criminal law system.

Effective judicial systems are critical for a country’s Human Rights record. With much progress achieved on other fronts, it would be regrettable if this issue would undermine St Lucia’s reputation in the international community. It is in the full interest of all St Lucians, and of EU visitors and investors, to see this situation move forward.

The EU and its Member States stand ready to support the country’s endeavours in this critical area, including with assistance under the 11th EDF (European Development Fund) Regional Indicative Program, which has 44 million EUR assigned to programs fighting crime and security.”

CLICK HERE FOR DPP’S FULL STATEMENT 

CLICK HERE FOR ORIGINAL STORY ON IMPACS REPORT BY PM ANTHONY

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  1. Kenny. You are a gold digger Stop digging for money. Try an look into the small big picture and too much Disappointments in a small Country,

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  2. The truth is the people of St.Lucia has allowed politicians to handle such sensitive matters on their own- where manipulation and political prejudice are inevitable. No one will want to take blame; it is almost certain that if the UWP wins the next election, then the IMPACT report will used for another political mileage. At this stage, both parties have deep secrets about this entire fiasco but neither is willing to come clean. As a result, The country ST.LUCIA is being dragged through the mud, locally, and internationally.

    If extra-judicial killing are proven- not by the existing politicians BUT by the people to ensure that every person involved be reprimanded. The fact of the matter is that there are serious allegations of corruption by both administrations and the rule of law.

    The people of ST.LUCIA need to demand the full IMPACT report and engage international bodies to investigate the matter.

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  3. These first world countries go round the world committing countless human rights attrocities. When we do something about our local terrorists everyone blows a fuse. Sometimes draconian measures are necessary to restore order. There is enough blame to go arround.

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  4. You can tell elections is around the corner: hacks on both sides trying to score points. Ah just watching all-yuh while I sip Tea.

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  5. My gosh, are we lacking critical comprehension skills? Do we not understand what the statement is implying or is that beyond our capabilities? The EU is simply indicating and outrightly implying that there ought to be some ACTION based on the IMPACS report. Thus, if Joe Blow a policeman, is guilty of some crime, then he ought to face due process and he should be investigated by the authourities and if need be, charged accordingly. Alternatively, the police should not have taken the lives of individuals "just so" to use our colloquial phrase, without that individual being brought before the courts, and be given an opportunity to defend themselves. And if persons sought and killed extrajudicially (meaning by police) were innocent people who did not deserve it, then that too must be investigated and law enforcement must be held to account. So far the IMPACS report is just talk and no action. The report raised serious issues with regards to policing in St. Lucia but no-one has been charged. Is the police a law unto themselves? Apparently.

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  6. My fellow st.lucians, I need you to take a moment and listen.this issue is a very sensible one and should not be politisize.from all indications its a very frustrating issue I'm sure Dr.Anthony wish he would not have to deal with. He was in oposition when orc was introduced and facilitated.why don't we targets those persons solely responsible.the PM is trying his best to deal with this issue. He has hired an English law firm which is in constant dialogue with America on the issue.at the end of the day america has put sanctions and we have to adhere to their reccomendations.one of these being the the commissioner be sent home.at the end of the day who are we to challenge america.st Lucia plz educate yourself on matters before making rediculous comments.thank you

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    • I do agree, lots of ignorant and backward statements on this board. People only see things in a political context. Remember those killings happened, not on Kenny's watch. I do think that people should be held responsible for what happened. We cannot and should not appease those who have made themselves judge and jury without due process.
      It's St.Lucia's reputation that is on the line, not the two political parties. We all pay for the misdeeds of others.

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      • Saint Lucia would be a much better p[lace without people like Glen and Lincoln. Either they are genuinely uneducated /ignorant or they are just politically brainwashed. They need to research the following terms: 'due process' and inquest. Also research who were the people who went to the US embassy before last general elections to make 'false reports' to score cheap political points. Those false reports are biting them in their behind and the PM has no way out. 'O what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.' The EU and the Americans treat us just as the PM does. Like we are jackasses but we are not except for the brainwashed ones like Glen and Lincoln

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        • I suppose it is only UWPs who have the knowledge of who went to the US embassy! So, can you furnish those names? thanks.

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        • Sir the PM name is very clean in this matter.

          The PM has a Visa and all his cabinet members...
          It is the people that was in charge of the country at the time that have their heart beating....

          I can a sure you of one thing the SLP administration have no one in the cross hairs of the justice system for this matter..

          Put that in your pipe and smoke it...

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          • You are so full of political crap!!! Dig deeper and see what other crimes the SLP administration "individuals" are noted for...when you get the answer, then start posting/commenting again.

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    • What a contradictory statement...smh...The introduction to your comment reads, "My fellow st.lucians, I need you to take a moment and listen.this issue is a very sensible one and should not be politisize"...I am not making any corrections to your grammer or spelling because that's not the issue; but you went on to say, ".....He was in oposition when orc was introduced and facilitated.why don't we targets those persons solely responsible.the PM is trying his best to deal with this issu - See more at....." Typical party hacks, want to piss in your eye and call it whatever they choose too...moi mem

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    • THE PM AND HIS COHORTS, GREEDY AND READY TO MAKE $8500 A MONTH WANTED POWER SO BADLY THAT THEY SOLD OUT THE POLICE FORCE AND THEIR COUNTRY TO THE UNITED STATES. GET THIS! A LABOUR PARTY SOLD OUT ITS POLICE OFFICERES TO THE US! THEY WERE SO DESOLAY THAT THEY FAILED TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT WOULD COME BACK TO BITE THEM IN THE FORM OF ACTION WHICH IS NEEDED TO BE TAKEN ONCE THEY WON. BUT THESE HACKS DO NOT THINK FURTHER THAN GETTINGIN POWER, LIKE ACTUAL DELIVERING THESE PURPORTED CAMOUFLAGECLAD MURDERERS, OR BETTER DAYS FOR THAT MATTER. THE PM IS DOING NOTHING! HE INSTITUTED A COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE SOME SO CALLED POLICE SHOOTINGS....BUTGOT A LOAD OF HEARSAY AND VERY LITTLE ADMISSABLE EVIDENCE. WHAT HE ALSO GOT WAS QUAGMIRE BIGGER THAN HIS CHAIRMAN RESERVE STOMACH AND WIDER THAN JADIA'S SPACE TOOTHED BANDIT SMILE. THESE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND COUNTRIES WERE MADE AWARE OF OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED MURDERS AND PRECEDING AN INVESTIGATION WHICH PURPORTS TO PROVE SUCH WANT SOME SORT OF ACTION TAKEN. THE PM IS DOING NOTHING AND HAS DONE NOTHING! GIVING THE EX-POLICE COMMISSIONER A BLOWJOB DEAL TO GET OUT OF THE POLICE FORCE IS NOT TAKING ACTION! WHAT IS NEEDED IS THE EXPOSURE OF THE ENTIRE REPORT SO THAT THE RUMOURS OF DUDUS COKE RIDING IN A CARAVAN PROTECTED BY TRAFFIC POLICE OFFICERS WHO ARE NOW IN GREEN UNIFORMS AND EX-DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONERS IS PROVEN WRONG....AND TO PROVE THAT A CERTAIN CONTROVERCIAL CURRENT MP EXMINISTER WAS NOT INVOLVED IN TAKING OUT PROBABLE WITNESSES AGAINST HIM THROUGH USE OF THE BLACKSQUAD, AND THAT NO ONE FROM THE SLP WERE INVOLVED IN GOING TO SNITCH ON HARDWORKING POLICE MEN IN ST. LUCIA. THE FACT IS THAT THE PM IS A SACK OF HOT COW DUNG!!! and HAS DONE NOTHING BUT TRY TO HIDE FROM A REPORT WHICH WILL NOT MAKE ANY POLITICIAN LOOK BAD, BUT WILL MAKE THE ENTIRETY OF ST.LUCIA LOOK BAD! AND DONT START YOUR SILILOQUOYS WITH NO "FELLLOW ST. LUCIANS" BULLOCKS TRYING TO PERSUADE PEOPLE ON HERE! FALL BACK AND ACCEPT THAT THE LABOUR PARTY IS A SOUCERE PARTY, FILLED WITH SOUCERES WHO ARE ALSO GREEDY AND SELF SERVING AND WHO HAVE LONG MOVED AWAY FROM THE SOCIALIST ETHOS OF THE FOUNDERS OF THEIR PARTY....I MEAN GANG!

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    • Glen you are a brilliant spin doctor. Kenny has called this on himself. He set his own trap and fell in it. It was only a matter of time that he got paid in his own coin. Please stop insulting the our intelegence.

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      • Kenny did not read enough English Literature to understand the meaning of 'being hoisted on his own petard'. What do you see? He just does one thing after another that comes back to haunt him.
        You name it. Grynberg, IMPAC, the march for the 14% raise in salaries for civil servants that created the need for the 15% VAT when he came into office, forcing the 4% on the public service one year, and one year later, that causing him to forcefully try to huff 5% from the same people. The entire English-speaking Caribbean is having belly laughs!

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    • The American Government made it clear they will not work with COP Francois... As a matter of fact security weekly briefing from the USA Barbados Embassy was stopped until Francois was sent home....

      Guy Myers and stupid advisors put SLU in this position....

      Thereafter the DPP was playing games and politics with the report...

      She wanted the hard evidences in her office which dangerous... She as the administration for a special prosecutor to handle the case of 12 individual crimes...

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  7. Majority of you who have post comments on this article is one of the dumbest morons on planet earth.
    You make animals look more intellectually brilliant than you.

    I seriously don't know why the Mod of this website allow those comments to be posted.
    It's just dumb and pure ignorance being showcased there.
    And makes us all look stupid and dumb.

    I have visited other Internet media services from other Caribbean countries and I swear that St Lucians here, are indeed the groups with the Lowest "IQ" as was suggested by a survey a few years ago.
    Many of you need to stay off the internet and this website.
    smh.

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    • You right to say we have the lowest IQ because we have allowed SLP to do what they have done to us to long. You are a party hack singing for your supper.

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      • And here you are making a bigger fool of yourself by stating “…have allowed SLP to do what they have done to us to long.”

        Since when political parties have influence on childrens’ desire to learn at school! "Couyou"

        The man’s got a point, have you read some of the comments posted, not only to this article but in general.

        No grammar, spelling, proper sentence construction etc.

        Am so glad for the licks Mrs Regis gave at R.C. Boys Primary (spelling bee) back in my days, trust me if it wasn’t for that I’d be just as bad as some people on here, if not worst.

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  8. a ben wee don don! NOW LET THE GAMES BEGIN. Things just warming up, HEADS WILL HAVE TO ROLL. SOME PEOPLE WILL HAVE TO SEE BORDELAIS FROM THE INSIDE. TANTO TANTO.

    g.j

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  9. I take this EU statement to mean that the EU is advising that instead of convicting or acquitting the police without a trial, victimizing them in spite of "intangible evidence" or "insufficient evidence" or "no evidence at all", or letting the police go about their business as though "nothing" has happened we have to get to the bottom of this nightmare by committing resources to the process.
    In this vein the EU is informing the government of St.Lucia that it has financial resources that can be made available to St.Lucia to get whatever it needs to ensure that everyone is treated in accordance with our laws.
    In the final analysis it has to be known whether the Police are guilty or innocent of the accusations leveled at them and this in their opinion can only be laid to rest if those cases come before the courts. The Government of St. Lucia has to be seen as doing something substantial to this end.

    So rather than seeing the EU statement at as a "warning" we can see it as an "opportunity".

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