PRESS RELEASE – In three consecutive human rights reports, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the US reaffirmed its confidence in St. Lucia’s Judiciary.
The three reports state, “there is an independent, impartial judiciary in civil matters where one can bring lawsuits seeking damages for a human rights violation.”
By 2013, six (6) inquests into police killings in 2010/2011 were heard. All six (6) inquests concluded that the police acted lawfully. It has been reported that most civilian casualties occurred during the execution of duly authorized search warrants.
However, IMPACS investigators declared the opposite, alleging somehow, that ALL the killings were fake encounters.
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois and dozens of other police officers were subject to lie detector tests conducted by the US. The overwhelming majority of police officers tested including the Police Commissioner, were found to be telling the truth.
Still, the Jamaicans reached the conclusion that the High Command of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force may have been involved in a cover up.
The allegations of the IMPACS investigators seem overzealous and fallacious.