Francis receives IMPACS report

National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has confirmed receiving a copy of the controversial IMPACS report.

“I am looking at it and then we will decide the way forward,” Francis told reporters.

He disclosed that the new Allen Chastanet government will take no active part in resolving the matter.

“When I say no active part, we are not going to review the evidence or anything like that,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner declared.

He explained that the evidence will be given to a committee – perhaps of retired Judges to examine, look at what has happened and provide a road map as to how to deal with the issue.

Francis said he would not allow the IMPACS matter to cloud his judgement in dealing with the police.

He acknowledged that the issue is taking a toll on some officers, especially those who were involved in the exercise that resulted in the death of a number of persons and the family members of the deceased.

Francis indicated that they all want closure to the matter.

The IMPACS report was compiled by a team of Jamaican investigators probing alleged extra judicial killings by some local police officers between 2010 and 2011.

The slayings occurred during an anti-crime police operation dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence.

The United Workers Party (UWP) which now forms the government, had promised during the campaign for the June 6, 2016 general elections that within the first 100 days of getting into office, it would announce the terms of reference of an independent tribunal to deal with the IMPACS case.

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