Saint Lucia’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), is to receive a bigger salary and more perks.
Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, in an exclusive interview with the Times, disclosed that Cabinet recently decided to upgrade the post.
He noted that it was not the role of the executive to find a DPP.
However Chastanet told the Times that during the process of finding a new DPP, his new administration was informed that the salary being offered would not attract anyone.
“We have upgraded the position because we need a DPP and we have not been able to find a replacement,” the Prime Minister asserted.
Victoria Charles-Clarke, who last held the post, officially vacated the position in March this year after going on preretirement leave.
Chastanet told the Times that a replacement was needed not merely to deal with the IMPACS matter.
He explained that there were a lot of cases and judicial matters that depend on having a DPP.
The Prime Minister said that in regard to the IMPACS matter, the government is putting together a tribunal to review what happened in relation to the alleged extrajudicial slayings of twelve civilians by police officers.
The killings occurred between 2010 and 2011 during an anti-crime police campaign dubbed –Operation Restore Confidence.
Chastanet explained that the proposed tribunal is not intended to pass judgement, but recommend a road map in terms of how to proceed in the matter.
“We are in uncharted waters,” he told the Times.
Chastanet disclosed that once the DPP gets involved, a Special Prosecutor will be appointed.
“The first thing the Special Prosecutor will have to do is determine the quality of the evidence and whether the case can proceed.
“Unfortunately all these things take time – we are moving as fast as we can to ensure that the right people are in place in order to allow this process to continue,” the Prime Minister told the Times.