EU diplomats assured DPP, Deputy DPP will be appointed

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EU diplomats assured DPP, Deputy DPP will be appointed
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Left to right: : Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation Mikael Barfod, British High Commissioner Victoria Dean, and the Ambassador of France Eric de Moussaye.

Several issues were raised in relation to security and justice when three European diplomats met with Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony today (Jan.14) at his Castries office.

Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation Mikael Barfod, British High Commissioner Victoria Dean, and the Ambassador of France Eric de Moussaye, were those in attendance.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Barfod told the media that a strong message was delivered to the Prime Minister with regards to the IMPACS report and other issues relating to justice.

The foreign diplomat said that the criminal justice system in Saint Lucia needs to be improved, pointing to the backlog of cases and too many adjournments that lead to delays.

He noted that delays can often lead to no justice and stated his concern that this could lead to a sense of impunity that is dangerous for the society, especially for the future generation.

The EU diplomat warned that the situation could affect tourism, as travelers “will be given advice that they cannot expect the proper functioning of the judicial system.”

He noted that the issue is a long standing one that requires collaboration and stated that plans are being made to meet with members of the Opposition to discuss these same concerns.

Barfod said the team recognised that vacancies for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Deputy need to be filled and are hoping that can be done quickly, so that the IMPACS report could be looked at.

He said: “due process in respect of the allegations of extrajudicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, is an indispensable condition for a system that respects the principle of rule of law.”

While admitting that the Prime Minister does not have any direct control over the judicial branch and there is separation of powers, he said it is was still the remit of the Prime Minister and his government to provide the necessary resources for the DPP to carry out her work.

Barfod said the Prime Minister has given his assurance that the vacancies for a new DPP, Deputy DPP and Commissioner of Police are well on track and these appointments could happen anytime soon.

The group of foreign diplomats plan to meet again with the Prime Minister in March or in early April this year, to follow up on the progress made with regards to the issues which were discussed today.

Only Tuesday the U.S Embassy in Barbados issued a statement urging the government to act on the IMPACS report. The U.S said it is concerned that four years have passed since these allegations of human rights violations first surfaced and due process is yet to be served.

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  1. The rest of the world must really think poorly of St. Lucia.

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2016/1/13/us-criticizes-st-lucia-over-alleged-extra-judicial-deaths.html

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  2. It's truely sad how far we've fallen.
    Is it corruption or incompetence that has brought us to this point ?

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  3. I hope the system (not only the prime minister) understands the implications of recent poor performance in the area of justice and fairness in society. The diplomats were clear and right in my humnle opinion in suggesting a perception of 'no justice' and dire consequences for 'future generations'.
    I would love St Lucia to be nice again, dear PM. Our grand children must be able to enjoy what used to be genuine St Lucian pride.

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    • And you always rushing to eat it up. Go weh with your colour tinted lenses. St. Lucia for St. Lucians.

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  4. In the USA police kill innocent black Men (mostly men) all the time We all see the stories on CNN so why are those people trying to do. STAY OUT OF OUR BUSINESS!!!!!!!! You enslaved, colonized and still trying to control. Made our people dependent on handouts from you to this day and you owe your industrial development to the blood of millions of African people. Shame on you and shut up.

    When apprehending Christopher Dudas COke how many citizens did the police Kill (79) DId the USA withdraw any funding/ NO!!!

    I want to know what Kenny told the US Embassy back in 2008 when the police was ridding us of the vermin in our society..

    Where is the actual report KENNY?YOu tink we stupid? Well we aren't.. BUt alas you are the PM and you know what you are doing full well. ANd another thing. DOnt try to impose Hilare on the People of St Lucia. It will fail.

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  5. These meddling Europeans are at it yet again. To say that I am appalled would be an understatement. Why can't these old colonials just let us get on with running our own affairs? St Lucia is a sovereign state perfectly capable of taking care of everything within it's confines. The prime minister once declared 'The sovereignty of St Lucia is not for sale'. I could not agree more.

    Big Up St Lucia The Land Of My Beautiful Mother Nad Land We Love.
    Malcolm L'Overture
    Haitian- Lucian
    Berlin Germany

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    • Malcolm, "St. Lucia fully capable of taking care of everything" what planet are you on.

      If we were, then we wouldn't be in this situation now would we!

      "The prime minister once declared 'The sovereignty of St Lucia is not for sale'. So what do you think is happening with CIPS!!!

      You call them meddling re Europeans, so tell us why are you living in an old Colonial then!

      Your level of stupidity is quite amusing.

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      • Let's assume for a second that police actually killed those guys "illegally". Are you feeling safer walking the streets of Castries now that they are gone? I do. So by "breaking the law" they have benefited society as a whole. Isn't the point of laws to protect society as a whole and reflect the will of its people? EU, the will of the St. Lucian people was carried out by the police. Kindly stay out. We are no longer slaves.

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      • What situation is St Lucia in right now? The country is doing well and we have a wonderful leader at the helm. He is the consummate leader and politician. He is the captain of "The St Lucia" and under his leadership, we are moving in the right direction. What more can I say?

        I was born European, I was brought up in Europe as my parents came to Europe in the 50's when I was born. I say like Minister Louis Farrakhan: ' I do not like the evil and injustice of the Europeans and therefore, as a citizen of Europe, I must speak out about that injustice and intolerance' whether I offend people like you is not important because my life should be constructed on truth. I should not live just for living. I am living with purpose and fulfillment and I endeavor to speak out against any injustice that plagues and affects my African and Caribbean cousins.

        The Europeans did the very same thing especially the English. They came to our shores and ill-treated us. We extended our hospitality to them and they threw it right back in our faces. They spat at us and speak ill of us. The English have nothing good to say about St Lucia yet they live in our splendid isle. I am really taken aback by your poor characterisation. I will say no more but to leave you to work it out, mate.
        Remember he who knows best knows how little he knows. Work it out ole chap. Work it out!

        Malcolm L'Overture
        Haitian Lucian
        Berlin Germany

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  6. EU yOu Invaded Iraq without just cause, ISIS now on your back and remember you recruited innocent black Caribbean boys to your Army and put them in the front line. YOu obviously sill believe that you are our enslavers, colonialists etc .

    THe British citizens told you they disapproved of the IRAQ invasion and you did not listen and now you are suffering the effects I suppose.

    Why not go deal with ISIS and leave us alone. Damn rude and out of place. Obviously you are more concerned about your citizens in SLU then our own people. Serves Kenny right for all his alleged dirty tricks and lies......deal with it!!!

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  7. Honest people I don't feel safe in my own country and if it takes the EU, UK or US to come talk sense into our PM and his gang then so be it. I have to protect family and our PM never address the crime issue. We have a justice or Just Us Minister my God he is so quiet. Thank you EU UK and USA for speaking to them and letting them know how we feel. Our voice will be heard and felt on Election Day. Just waiting on a new party to vote for.

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  8. LUCIANBOI VERY FUNNY, ONLY US KENNY WANT TO TAKE FOR PAR PI SHOW. HE USRD TO PAR PI SHOW US WHEN WR THOUGHT HE WAS GENUINE BUT NOW WE ALL, EXCEPT THOSE PARTY HACKS THAT HE SHARMAY WITH HIS RED COOL AID JUICE, KNOW THAT HE IS A FALSE PRETENDER. YOU CAN FOOL SOME PEOPLE SOME TIME BUT YOU CAN'T FOOL ALL THE PEOPLE ALL THE TIME AND THANKS TO THE US, THE BRITISH AND NOW THE EU WE CAN SEE THE LIGHT. COME ON LUCIANS LETS STAND UP AND FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHTS. WE NEED TO DEMAND A NEW ELECTION. FOR BRINGING HARD TIMES UPON US KENNY MUST NOW LEAVE WITH HIS TAIL BETWEEN HIS LEGS.

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  9. Weeeee Babad. Seems like all the spin and nonsense from the airwaves had no effect outside of St. Lucia. It seems like everybody else has no understanding of the situation except the select few who posture and strut as though they are the anointed on high.

    All the hogwash and nonsense has allowed us to come to this. After so many years of independence the 'Great Leader' was scolded and caned in the headmaster's office. Waiting for the three Stooges to come feed us with their majee tomorrow.

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  10. So it had to take outside help to coach Kenny Anthony as to how to run a country smh

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  11. We have NOT come to understand that the world is watching.
    And that we do not exist in isolation.

    Keep on acting a fool!

    We elected you to do a JOB. But as soon as your fat behinds feel the soft cushioning of the office chairs, you become arrogant, those of you who never ate beef before, now, will buy yours from secret places, you begin to buy expensive cars, take massive mortgages, engage bomm activites, passing Brown envelopes under the table, fooling the people, refusing to hear them out.

    And then you have the Gaul to state how wonderful the economy is doing, when our young Saint Lucian women are prostituting themselves to buy basic necessities, when we should be providing and protecting them.

    You should be ashamed of yourself, Sir!

    By the way, it is embarrassing to us, to see, little Saint Vincent has and advanced and modern International Airport when we have had ours for many decades that looks like a dilapidated metal waste of an old vehicle left abandoned.
    But you found all excuses to stop the upgrading and modernization due to "political Motivational Reasons."
    But you are the same ones who travel abroad and see how airports are upgraded to facilitate everyone coming in and exiting.

    I am a supporter of the SLP, but I have never and will never support the reasons why YOU delayed the upgrading of the airport.

    And for this I won't vote for you or another party.
    I will be on the bench for a while.

    Enjoy your Legacy, Sir!

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  12. So after all the pomposity they make him look like a lil boy in his own country. He often acts like a principal talking to students when in the house and otherwise, but it seems that the principal has been visited by the chief officer. Lol lol they will come back in a few months to check on his progress lol lol. Clipped his wings good. Let's see how the machinery spins this. I am very happy for this group meeting with the PM though. I think it might be one of the few things that may spur him out of inaction and possible curb his arrogance.

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    • Boi it's still a big fish small fish move even if KA needed to stay on top of this problem coz no small island gov can tell any of them big countries nothing when they out of line especially in USA, EU,CHINA,UK or any other big country so in all aspects when u small any ting big does try to make u crawl even if they know they in worse position then u

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  13. Delegation : Saint Lucian has been assured a lot by this administration and we will be assured a lot more coming next General Elections ...But all we get is TAX, further unemployment, deplorable justice system and unbelievable high cost of living ...

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    • SLU Observer please reread your comments before you post them.......Saint LucianS HAVE been PROMISED.........etc. I would like to say that I totally agree with you on this one.

      G.J

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    • When our leaders act like idiots and dictators running banana republics then foreign powers feel it necessary to come in and look over our shoulders to see how potential despots may affect them and their people. This is not about us for sure, it's about them and their people. Sadly though, our leaders keep behaving like only the threat of the whip on their backs (physically or metaphorically) can move them to act in benefit to their own people. I am thankful for the delegation. Finally an iota of accountability.

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    • Momma spoke! Now we listen.
      St.Lucia has no power. We are just puppets in a system.
      I think there were more surreptitious reasons for which this visit was conducted.

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      • State the obvious! Off course St Lucia has no power whe it comes to EU/UK/US.

        When did we ever or ever will?

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