IMPACS Tribunal on schedule

The promised IMPACS Tribunal is on schedule, Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has told the Times in an exclusive interview.

Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP) had promised during the last elections, that within one hundred days of assuming office it would announce the terms of reference of an independent tribunal to deal with the IMPACS matter regarding alleged extra judicial killings by police officers here.

The killings occurred in 2010 – 2011, during an anti-crime campaign by local police dubbed – Operation Restore Confidence.

An investigation through the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), found that the police planted guns and staged “fake encounters” to justify their actions.

Excerpts of the report compiled by the IMPACS investigators were read on national television by then Prime Minister – Doctor Kenny Anthony in March, 2015.

The current Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet,   told the Times that the move to set up the tribunal was “one hundred percent” on track.

He disclosed that his administration has been in contact with the British, the Americans and the Canadians.

The United States had withdrawn all forms of support to the Royan Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) over the fatal police shootings.

The Prime Minister said that collectively, the US, the UK and Canada, are being allowed to select one person to sit on the three-member tribunal.

“We on our side are identifying out two persons to participate in the tribunal and I am also putting together the terms of reference,” Chastanet explained.

He disclosed that simultaneously, attempts are being made to get the situation with the Director of Public Prosecutions resolved.

The post has not been filled since Victoria Charles-Clarke proceeded on preretirement leave in March.

Chastanet explained that once a DPP is appointed, he is hoping that the government can take up the offer of getting a special Prosecutor to specifically deal with the IMPACS situation.

“We are also making sure that we can get the tribunal so we can determine a path forward,” the Prime Minister stated.

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