The Kenny Anthony administration has been urged by the United States (U.S) government to act on the almost one year old IMPACS report in relation to the alleged extra judicial killing of 12 citizens.
Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet has said that he finds it to be a ‘very sad’ situation, where the U.S. has to go publicly with the things they’ve been saying for the longest time.
“I only hope that the government is going to adhere to the request and resolve this matter. In fact they’ve put us in this mess in the first place; they have mishandled the IMPACS report from the get go,” he told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview on Tuesday in front of Parliament.
Chastanet said many persons believe the prime minister has already prejudice the case, when he made certain pronouncements from the report and added to that, the DPP claims that certain resources were not provided to her, specifically evidence which were supposed to accompany the report.
He said, “The most damaging part is when the Jamaican police came here, they ought to have been working with the DPP office and not as an ad hoc committee of the cabinet.”
The UWP leader told SNO that when all of these facts are taken into consideration, persons can only conclude that the prime minister is allegedly trying to sabotage this case.
“What does he know that the rest of us don’t, and why is he doing what he is doing? And is he aware of the consequences of it to St. Lucians?” Chastanet questioned.
Asked if he has any confidence that the government will take the advice from the U.S government to act on the report, Chastanet responded in the negative stating past examples can prove this.
“We are waiting 15 years for Grynbery and if it wasn’t for a report we would never have known about the Rocohmel matter” the political leader explained.
Chastanet accused the government of “always covering up things” and said “they do not like to speak the truth.”
He said he doesn’t expect any changes now, but can only hope that they will respond one day, if the UWP and other organisations and groups continue to apply pressure.