Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has told the Times that be believes only prosecution in the matter of alleged extrajudicial police killings, will satisfy the United States.
“I want to ensure we understand the difference between prosecuted and convicted,” Chastanet said in an exclusive interview with the Times.
The Prime Minister asserted that prosecution does not mean that anyone will be found guilty.
“Prosecution means having a day in court and I think that is when the United States will be satisfied,” Chastanet explained.
The Saint Lucia Prime Minister held a meeting here Wednesday with United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela.
He described the meeting as having been thorough and fruitful.
“We were able to discuss a lot of issues of mutual benefit and also of mutual concern,” Chastanet told the Times, adding that he was very satisfied with the discussion.
He disclosed that the IMPACS situation was one of the matters on the table.
Chastanet expressed the view that as long as the steps being taken by the government facilitate a court process, the US will be satisfied.
The new administration plans to establish a tribunal to deal with the allegations of extrajudicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) during 2010 to 2011 that prompted an IMPACS sponsored investigation.
When it was pointed out that the tribunal may decide that the matter does not need to go to court, Chastanet told the Times he would rather get there and have that discussion before making any assumptions as to how the United States may react.
“What I want to assure the public and the United States, the British and everyone else is that we are moving forward in trying to achieve this in a transparent manner and we want to make sure that the rule of law applies,” the Prime Minister told the Times.
He said he did not want it to be seen in any way that the Executive are the ones manipulating the process.