Not Prudent? Annoyed Francis tells LPM leader to stick to familiar matters

By SNO Staff

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Francis (left) and Prudent

(SNO) — National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has warned Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) Leader Therold Prudent to stay clear of things he knows nothing about.

Prudent had accused Francis of prejudicing the IMPACS investigation into the now-infamous 2010/2011 Operation Restore Confidence (ORC) in which members of the police force were accused of extrajudicial killings.

He based his accusation on the fact that Francis had said the US wants nothing short of prosecutions in the matter.

But speaking to reporters earlier this week, Francis made it sound as if Prudent does not know what prosecution means.

“I just want to inform him that prosecution does not mean a conviction or an acquittal,” Francis stated.

He added that there are a number of results from a prosecution and, “I am not prejudicing anything.”

Francis stated that Prudent should talk about things he is familiar with “and don’t get involved in other things”.

The minister also took a swing at the media in the controversial matter.

“Nobody has ever looked at the other things that I have said,” he remarked. “And again that is where the press comes in. You have interviews and you all choose the little snippets that you all want to sensationalize and then you do that. The full story is never told. I said I was very annoyed with the Americans, always annoyed, and every opportunity I got when I went out to represent Saint Lucia, I made my voice heard.”

Former prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony in 2013 commissioned an investigation by the Caribbean Community IMPACS agency into the ORC matter.

Eleven criminal suspects were allegedly killed by the police during the operation aimed at quelling a crime wave.

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4 comments

  1. Yes. Ask the SLP the have the freedom of speech to talk shate. And that is lots of it.

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  2. I don't mind a fall guy, however i want to make it absolutely clear that under no circumstances should anyone be a fall guy for politicians. While it is true that the police created Operation Restore Confidence, it was the politicians who created IMPACS end of story. They should have weighed weather the proper way to handle any such inquiry should have been IMPACS especially when we had various options under our laws to deal with it. Now we have to deal with an IMPACS which is clearly incompatible with our laws.

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  3. These Guys believe that they are so bright and other individuals don't understand English.Prosecution means two things.1) It's either you are convicted or exonerated. I don't know if there's another definition for the Minister.
    It's also sad now that in this Country,we have to sit and see things happening around us and we shouldn't comment.Hermangild I find that you are rude and out of place to tell Mr Prudent that he should not speak on issues that's affecting us as a Nation."Since when".

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  4. There is something called freedom of speech. Are people no longer allowed to comment on issues in this country? This impacs matter is brought up every few months with no resolution. If there is going to be a prosecution do so if nothing is going to happen move on. But remember the DPP is getting a salary of over 22 000 dollars a month and one of the reasons was to deal with impacs.

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