Human rights advocate Miss Felica Browne is calling on the Director of Public Prosecutions to update the nation on the status of the IMPACS Investigation.
In 2014, the then Prime Minster Dr. Kenny Anthony engaged the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) to investigate at least a dozen extra-judicial killings allegedly carried out by officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force between 2009 and 2011.
While a conclusion of the matter has been promised by successive administrations, Dr. Anthony says he is not surprised that the matter still remains unresolved.
Both Prime Minster Allen Chastanet and National Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis have stated publicly that the government has done all it can to help bring the case to an end. This included the appointment a DPP and the provision of the needed resources to have the matter resolved. All of this in the face of mounting pressure from the EU and US for those involved to be prosecuted.
The matter remains in the hands of the Director of Public Prosecution, who is yet to make a statement on the status of the case.
Human rights advocate Miss Felica Browne is calling on the DPP to break his silence on the matter.
Felicia Browne – Human Rights Advocate
00:36 “At this moment…
01:27 nor the DPP.”
While the families of the alleged victims await closure, the Royal St. Lucia Police Force continues to be barred from participating in training or receiving aid provided by the United States.
The island’s National Security Minister did indicate that he met with US Justice Department representatives who are demanding the prosecution of those involved.
While former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony says he is not surprised the matter remains unresolved, he admits that achieving a resolution is not as simple as it sounds.
Hon. Kenny Anthony – Fmr. Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
1:05 “The problem with this…
1:53 what is taking place.”
An ad hock task force of the RSLPF was accused of the extra-judicial killings between 2009 and 2011, during Operation Restore Confidence (ORC); a response to an increase in criminal activities on the island at the time.