Minister debunks claims that police officers implicated in IMPACTS investigation have been promoted

By Ministry of Home Affairs

St Lucia’s National Security Minister Hermangild Francis

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Senator the Honourable Hermangild Francis has debunked recent claims made by Human Rights lawyer Mary Francis that police officers implicated in the investigation into the Restore Confidence Operation of 2010/11 or the resultant IMPACTS Report have been promoted.

Minister Francis responded to the claims on the morning of April27, 2018.

“From the time I have been Minister of Home Affairs, Justice and National Security I am unaware that any promotion was made of any of the officers implicated in the IMPACS Report.”

The minister noted that as far as he is aware the lives and careers of those officers has not returned to normalcy post Operation Restore Confidence and that notably the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) as an institution has also been very adversely hampered in its operations and that is well-known. Minister Francis highlighted that Succession Planning is one of the areas that is suffering.

The National Security Minister noted that there is room for Ms. Francis and him to work collaboratively with a view to further clarifying this issue.

The Minister also empathized with relatives who lost loved ones during Operation Restore Confidence but emphasized that life is not a bed of roses for the Police Officers who worked in that police operation either.

“I read the report by Ms. Mary Francis and I can understand where she is coming from. I am concerned that we need to do something to deal with this IMPACT Report. I understand it was sad for the families of the young men that were killed but we must we must understand what is happening to the police officers involved. They can’t get ahead with their lives; they don’t know what is going to happen. They are the ones who are alive and have to deal with this on a daily basis.”

Minister Francis says the Government of Saint Lucia remains deeply committed to working closely with US State department Officials to lift the dark cloud of the Leahy Law on the country and so far good progress has been recorded.

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4 comments

  1. Distracted media and public

    St.Lucia, why isn’t the public being given access to reports tax payers pay for.
    Under a freedom of information legislation all these would be available in some form somewhere. Impacts, St Jude’s, DSH etc would be no irrelevant debate because we would be able to debate the facts within.
    It’s amazing how all the talk shows can debate about documents they have not seen and collectively cannot encourage the government to pass the freedom of information act( or whatever they officially call it)

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  2. Publish the IMPACS Report.

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  3. So what if they were promoted? Aren't they innocent until proven guilty!? When did this change. So their entire lives and careers must be put on hold while Politicians do what they do best; play Politics. Especially with IMPACS. If the guys are deserving reward them. Nonsense!

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  4. Have you been silenced stlucianewsonline ws! no mention of an attack,stabbing,shooting or murder since the 9/04/18! st lucia hasn't been that quiet!

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