LPM wants gov’t to clarify reason for hiring foreign legal team

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LPM wants gov’t to clarify reason for hiring foreign legal team
LPM leader Therold Prudent.
LPM leader Therold Prudent.
LPM leader Therold Prudent.

Lucian People Movement (LPM) wants government to provide some clarification with regards to the move to hire a firm of lawyers based in Washington, D.C. to represent them in the IMPACS matter.

LPM Political leader Therold Prudent said U.S government has clearly indicated what it wants to see Saint Lucia do on the issue, which is to hire a Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and a Deputy DPP.

Prudent said he sees no reason why the government should have legal representation, while lamenting that the cost of hiring this foreign legal firm has not been made public.

He said since 2012 the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government has been hiring foreign lawyers to deal with the Grynberg matter, including the recently introduced Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP).

The Prime Minister revealed in his New Year’s address that the group of foreign attorneys will “represent us in discussions with officials of the U.S. State Department”, regarding the IMPACS matter.

He noted that the IMPACS report has caused much anxiety and uneasiness, but gave his assurance that the matter will be looked at and a resolution will be reached.

The U.S. has encouraged government to ensure that due process is served in the matter. The European Union has echo similar sentiments and even had a meeting in this regard with Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.

DPP Victoria Clarke-Charles had revealed that the majority of the IMPACS Report did not contain “the evidentiary material” admissible in accordance with local laws.

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  1. This country buck administration is setting us up for failure. It is priming the entire country for a dumbed-down future.

    Never, in the history of any country in the world, except perhaps in the case of a dishonourable defeat in war, has there been such an overt capitulation and surrender of national sovereignty as this administration has just done. Never!

    Aren't these country bucks setting up a disastrous precedent? So, are the Saint Lucian governments from now and those of the future, answerable to the US Department of Foreign Relations?

    Does the symbol of that piece of paper immortalized in bronze held over SJC's head in Castries, have any kind of relevance?

    SLP is a disaster.

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  2. I don't think you Lucians know what you are talking about. We need US lawyers to represent us in what matter? Do we have an impending lawsuit against the US for refusing to give us aid? Or do we need them to advise us on St. Lucian law? Maybe we need them to negotiate with the US but shouldn't that the job of our reps in the US (Ms. Menissa Rambally, Ausbert Regis etc.)?

    Or probably our PM never bargained for such attention especially from the mighty US and EU. Thought his allegations would just be the usual wolf, wolf call where nobody listens but gullible St. Lucians who only reply in the ballot box. However with a noose around his neck he is held accountable to them to prove his allegations and do something about it.

    Imagine the PM saying that they "cannot blame me for something that happened under the UWP administration." Could the PM clarify what happened under the UWP? Arn't these just allegations? Take for example his rantings about the Taiwanese funds, obviously it helped him to win the last elections (another wolf, wolf call), however, what did the DPP say about that issue? Same as IMPACS (no evidence). What did he do? He went further and gave Mr. Estaphane (foreign lawyer again) public money to file a civil suit. What did the judge say about these allegations in the civil suit? Up to today nothing further. I assume he wanted IMPACS to take the same course, use the propaganda to win a next election and call that George.

    However (according to the PM), thanks god for our big brothers and sisters who look out for a people who can neither help themselves nor decipher any truth or the intentions of politicians. They held him to his words.

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  3. It's plain and simple the local lawyers are not good enough to face the American legal team. They will eat them for dessert.

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  4. Prudenr's queation question to the government is a very legitimate one. If you have already been told what is required why not act upon it and then after you are finish then you informed the USA through your diplomatic channels.

    This just goes to show that kenny is all about wasting the the countries money. He does not respect us and those who continue to shamelessly defend him do not love our country either.

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  5. LPM here is your answer:
    The Prime Minister revealed in his New Year’s address that the group of foreign attorneys will “represent us in discussions with officials of the U.S. State Department”, regarding the IMPACS matter."
    In other words they need to use the American vernacular to explain and help the US understand what the DDP said which is :
    " that the majority of the IMPACS Report did not contain “the evidentiary material” admissible in accordance with local laws."

    They probably don't know how to say that the policemen involved in the alleged extra judicial killings cannot be prosecuted based on what was presented. So they need to "yank" to the US.

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  6. Ferrol compound or prudent u have no legitimacy to ask any questions . u r an idiot. Can't get six people to show up for a demonstration. Y wud anyone take u on choops tan.

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    • Even Steven
      You are very shallow in thinking that you can degrade Mr Prudent. I am sure by now that most St Lucians including myself are convinced that he is no idiot. Compare him to the bozos in your party that are yes men to to Kenny Anthony. Prudent have proven that he can take your wayward government on.
      Typical St Lucian low mentality. If you cant respond to something thay is stated then the next step is to disparage the person. Sorry too late for that the man has already made his name as an advocate of the people.

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