Hermangild Francis yet to see IMPACS report

Hermangild Francis, Saint Lucia’s new National Security Minister, has said that he has not yet seen a copy of the IMPACS report.

The report was compiled by a team of Jamaican investigators.

The team was commissioned to investigate a spate of fatal police shootings between 2010 and 2011.

Then Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, had read excerpts of the IMPACS report on national television in March last year.

The excerpts Anthony read indicated among other things, that Saint Lucia police kept a death list and staged killings of suspects.

“The IMPACS report is a priority,” National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis has said.

He disclosed that the document has to be dealt with immediately.

While in opposition, the United Workers Party (UWP) had promised to announce the terms of reference of an independent tribunal to deal with the IMPACS case, within one hundred days of getting into office.

“Rest assured that we are going to deal with this matter expeditiously,” Hermangild Francis, a former Deputy Police Commissioner, declared.

On the issue of reactivating the National Security Council, the National Security Minister disclosed that he will have to examine the matter and determine whether the council will be continued.

Francis, who also has responsibility for Home Affairs and Justice, spoke of the need to address problems in the justice system.

He said thought is being given to getting an area where the courts can operate effectively and efficiently.

The Minister stated that attention is being given to re-opening the forensic laboratory, as well as beefing up security at schools, hospitals and health centres.