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PM “dead serious” about getting IMPACS matter resolved

By SNO Staff

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unnamed (8)Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is “dead serious” about ensuring a resolution to the issues raised in the IMPACS report are addressed.

While explaining that he wants to see that the case is dealt with quickly, Chastanet also stated that he will do all that is within his legal right to do, without interfering in the case.

“That is what I am not going to do…so my role as the executive of this country was to make sure that the DPP was appointed and to make sure that the DPP has the necessary resources to do the job,” he explained.

Chastanet, who had the opportunity to read the IMPACS report, described it as a ‘horrible report.’ He said it makes some damning statements, and also called it an embarrassment.

The prime minister noted that the report does not mention the names of any of the witnesses.

Chastanet also criticized former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony for having read excerpts of the report on national television, who claimed that police officers kept a death list and staged killings of suspected criminals.

“He is a lawyer, so you are telling me – it’s either he didn’t see it and therefore pronounced on the guilt of people without seeing the evidence…or he saw it and he became the judge and jury by himself.”

The government also plans to set up a independent tribunal to deal with the IMPACS matter.

Members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) were accused of the extra-judicial killings between 2009 and 2011, during Operation Restore Confidence.

The United States (US) had used the incident to cut back on aid to Saint Lucia. In August 2013, the US officially informed the Saint Lucia government that Washington had suspended assistance to the RSLPF, citing human rights violations.

A ban was also placed on all Saint Lucian police officers, from travelling to the US.

A team of police officials from Jamaica was appointed to investigate the alleged police killings.

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4 comments

  1. TELL HIM DONT BLAME WHAT KDA SAID ON TV( HE DIDN'T LIE) AND IS KING N THE BOYS INCLUDING HIMSELF TO FIX IT (NOT BY FICS BUT FIX IT) N PLEASE MR MC STOP USING (THE LAST ADMIN,KENNDY, PIPE,ALVINA NAME IS YOU THAT IN POWER (F**K THEM)

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    • Actually WILO, it is what KDA said which is causing the problem because in doing so he made some accusations. And these accusations that are required to be proved. Remember also, as it now stands there is no tangible evidence in support of the accusations made by KDA, so said the DPP and the Police. IMPACS can write a report implicating whoever it wants, however the evidence that IMPACS relies on in implicating them must be reliable, authentic, uncontaminated and uninfluenced and provable. All the conditions mentioned were apparently lacking to the DPP in the IMPACS report. It may very well be what KDA said which can affect the "uninfluenced" criteria which would hinder the prosecution of the case.

      What KDA did is even more significant and can also pose another barrier; by appointing investigators, not allowing the DPP unhindered access to evidence and the investigative process and even influencing the resignation of the COP in "the public interest." In fact one of the key pieces of evidence mentioned was the "hit list" as it would prove the intent of the accused officers, a criteria which must be satisfied if the prosecution is to be successful. However, the pronouncement that the "hit list" did exist was first made officially by KDA. IMPACS later confirmed its existence, however it was only based on information coming from KDA. Therefore any prosecution of IMPACS may have implications for KDA since it points to the fact that the IMPACS report and KDA are inextricably linked.

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  2. I think the PM talking too much. Lets see some action. After you can talk and tell us how you managed to do it.

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