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.