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Human rights activist Mary Francis has welcomed the appointment of Daasrean Greene as the new Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).
Greene will officially begin working on October 17, 2016.
The coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights said Greene is ‘competent,’ given his years of experience as a defense lawyer in the Criminal Court.
“I think he will do a good job based on his understanding of the criminal justice system,” she stated.
Francis, who has been calling on government to make way for the appointment of a DPP to deal with the IMPACS matter and the backlog of cases, said she is now confident that the work will begin.
But the human rights activist said that Greene will have to be assisted by a competent team at the DPP Chambers.
There was some difficulty in securing someone to serve in the position of DDP based on the previous salary scale.
It was recently upgraded to somewhere between EC$22,000 – EC$23,000.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had that the appointment of a DPP was essential to address a number of judicial matters and was crucial in proceeding with the case regarding alleged extra-judicial killings by local police.
He said that once the DPP gets involved, a special prosecutor could be appointed to determine the quality of the evidence and whether the courts can proceed with the case.
National Security Minister Hermangild Francis told a news conference on Wednesday afternoon that the new DPP will be faced with a “phenomenal task” of dealing with several high level cases.