Releasing the CARICOM (IMPACS) Report in the public domain, can endanger the lives of people who gave evidence and compromise future prosecution, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has said.
Speaking at a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) political rally in La Clery on Sunday evening, Dr. Anthony warned Political Leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet against releasing the report.
The Prime Minister said Chastanet has declared that he is going to disclose the IMPACS report and questioned whether the opposition political leader is “sane” for promising to do so.
“I ask you whether it is responsible to disclose a report that contains the names of persons who gave information to investigators that allowed them to come to the conclusion that they did?” he questioned.
The SLP political leader hinted that an opposition leader who has “an altar of love for his country” should not get hold of that confidential report that has never been released, and take it and make it public.
He said, “I ask you whether is it responsible to put the lives of those persons in danger? That is why I have asked you, whether he is sane. Whether he understands what he is doing? I don’t understand it.”
Dr. Anthony told his supporters that the question that should be asked is whether by releasing that report, Allen Chastanet, is not causing injury to the relationship between the United States (US) and Saint Lucia.
“And that’s him. A sinister mind. Would stop at nothing, because he desperately wants to win this election and poison the mind of the people of this country,” he remarked.
The Prime Minister said there are several consequences in releasing the report in the public domain, which includes prejudicing the minds of persons who might be potential jurors if there is any prosecution.
“Why are you doing it? This is the time as leader of the opposition you have to be bigger than cheap politics, think of the country first, and think of the relationship between the country and the US.”
He further stated: “You need to ask yourself whether any responsible leader would do what Allen Chastanet has chosen to do…What truth is there to expose?….You don’t go about and damage a country that way…”
Although the SLP has laid blamed on the feet of the former UWP administration led by former Prime Minister Stephenson King for the alleged extra-judicial killings, the UWP has in turn blamed the current SLP administration for creating that IMPACS Report which led to a fallout between the US and Saint Lucia.
The UWP has promised to announce the terms of reference of an independent tribunal to deal with the IMPACS case, within one hundred days if elected into office. The party had said that the proposed tribunal would review what has transpired so far and recommend a way forward.
The report was compiled by a team of Jamaican investigators probing the police killings of twelve Saint Lucians between the period of 2010 and 2011.
The killings occurred during a police campaign dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence.