United Workers Party (UWP) member, Hermangild Francis, announced on Sunday that if elected, his party will allow Britain to investigate the gruesome murder of hotelier, Oliver Gobat.
Francis, a former Deputy Police Chief, told a UWP rally on Sunday at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet that Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony should have allowed due process to take place and invite the British.
“There are criminals out there. There are murderers among us, and we need to know who those persons are,” Francis, the proposed National Security Minister, told UWP supporters.
The British Foreign Office had requested for Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to waive the death penalty in the case of the murdered hotelier, which the Prime Minister refused to do and said it was “improper.”
Dr. Anthony was quoted by a British newspaper saying that Whitehall’s stipulation to send a squad only if Saint Lucia guarantees that it will not see capital punishment for the killers is illogical.
The Prime Minister had said no government can get into the business of bargaining as to the outcome of a criminal case.
While he declared his position on the matter, Dr. Anthony said he still supports the request made by Oliver Gobat’s parents for British officers to support with the investigation.
In November 2015, local police said that the lead person in the homicide investigation in Saint Lucia visited England to hold discussions with law enforcement officials there.
The police official had met with the head of the Surrey Police and an investigating team, to discuss the case in greater detail and to exchange information that could help to advance the investigations.
The then acting Police Commissioner, Errol Alexander, had said that investigations might, however, “take us out of Saint Lucia,” while noting that no assistance was received from the British Government.
Gobat’s body was found in his Range Rover on Cap Estate on April 25, 2014, burnt beyond recognition.
His killing is thought to be related to a legitimate multi-million dollar property deal he was near in completing.