The leader of the opposition United Workers Party, UWP, Allen Chastanet, has been critical of the government’s handling of the IMPACS report on alleged extra-judicial killings by some members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, RSLPF, warning that the current administration is “treading on thin ice.”
“How can it be that cabinet are the only ones who have seen the report and on the basis of the report allegations have been made publicly against the Commissioner of Police, making it impossible for him to do his job, and yet none of that information has been made available to us,” Chastanet told a news conference yesterday.
He asserted that natural justice had been foregone, as the government acts as Judge and Jury.
Chastanet said neither innocence nor guilt has been proven against Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois, who was sent on leave and opted for early retirement.
“Imagine if we find out that he is guilty and the state has paid him all this money,” Chastanet told the news conference, while raising questions of whether Francois should be sent on leave if he did something wrong.
According to the UWP leader, if there is information on the Police Chief that could either find him guilty or innocent, the government should be doing everything to ensure that it goes through the judicial system.
“Democracy and civil liberties are being eroded right before our very eyes,” Chastanet declared.
He warned that the UWP was putting the government on alert that the opposition party was going to agitate even further, if there is no greater transparency in the country.