Minister of Home Affairs and National Security Minister Phillip La Corbiniere made this announcement last evening on a live televised programme when asked for an update on the matter.
La Corbiniere revealed that 98 per cent of the report is completed by a team of police officials from Jamaica. He explained that the preliminary round of investigations was not as fruitful as expected and was the main reason for a delay in the entire report.
The minister stated that the team of investigators have requested from the Government of St. Lucia to provide clarification “on a couple of critical matters” before the report can be finalised and presented to the government. Once this is done, then the final touches will be made to the report.
The United States had used the incident to cut back on aid to St. Lucia. In August 2013, the United States officially informed the St. Lucia government that Washington had suspended assistance to the police force as a result of allegations of serious human rights violations.
A ban was also placed on all St. Lucian police officers, including its chief Vernon François, who was last year prevented from travelling to the United States to represent regional police commanders at a Conference of Black Police Officers in the United States.