Chastanet: Only prosecution in IMPACS case will satisfy US

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.





  1. Anonymous
    August 5, 2016 at 10:53 am

    chastenant u did not know that what America wanted. they have been saying that FROM DAY ONE. GUY MAYERS MUST BE JAILED for orchestrating ORC and also his police goons.

    1. Fesel
      August 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

      On point Anonymous just remember (A Chas an G Mayers) are to peas in a pod of lies awaiting they time to b under fire by d same peeps who voted them in if they cah deliver whats in they MA NI FES TO to do d job clean an truthful d clock is ticking

  2. Anonymous
    August 5, 2016 at 11:26 am

    it is slp fault that impacs is going watch the mess he has put the country in.kenny is the one to be jail.what america has to do with what going in our country.i thought it was england that was in charge of us and not america..them america police officers killing people just so an no say for what the sense they are doing that..smh

  3. Sad-But-True
    August 5, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Chastanet is so caught up in his own lies, that he has NO clue when it’s day or night. You lied to the RSLPF and got their votes. Your administration killed those young men in “ORC” with Guy Mayers as Minister of Justice. And your party flipped it over making it appear that Impacs caused the killing of those young men. Dude, Your lies and deception is slowly catching up with you.

  4. Sad-But-True
    August 5, 2016 at 11:42 am


  5. Anonymous
    August 5, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Someone need to open a popcorn store. I’m out of popcorn in just two months!!!

    1. Anon!
      August 5, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Just get a machine, because there’s a lot more t come. These fellars don’t know whether they coming or going.

  6. Anonymous
    August 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    And they Sending mayers to England well look it

    1. Sad-But-True
      August 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      I doubt his credentials will be accepted by the UK government.

  7. T
    August 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    England human rights group should ban him from coming to their country like what they do these Jamaican artists. smh

  8. Disgusted
    August 5, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I say revoke Guy Mayers visa, make him accountable, the policemen was under orders from their Minister, he was the Security Minister and ORC was implemented by this Ministry

  9. DD
    August 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Well the SLP have been saying that.The UWP made it a political issue,. They said they could fix it. Now we are back to square one the same place where the SLP left off. Tribunal is a waste of time and tax payers money. Action is needed. The process has started and the court has said in one of the cases that there is evidence against the police. Move forward. Stop playing politics.

  10. Frustrated
    August 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    People listen to this. Impacs came under UWP, so stop blaming the SLP, let’s be just and give right and wrong their owners.

    The minister of justice at the time have to be responsible, stop beating around the bush and turning this into a political storm, this is UWP business.

    If impacts was right for the country at the time ,let it be, the country needed to do something at the time, all those so called alleged illegal killings, if the courts were proactive we would surely know people were also killed by the ones that were alleged illegally killed.

    Let st Lucia deal with its criminals the best way the country see fit, because police do not go killing people like it’s open season.

    ORC has come and gone???????

  11. Anonymous
    August 5, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    The action now must be for us as citizens to write the Foreign Office to reject his Letter Of Agreement as a diplomat. Guy Myers must remain in St.Lucia to deal with this matter. I am therefore requesting in one St Lucia to start the process and get the signatures.
    Also we at it we must also write the Judicial Committee to reject the last DPP application as Judge, she Victoria Clarke Charles must never become a judge.

    1. Sad-But-True
      August 5, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Agreed!!! I will send in my letter on Monday

  12. interceptor
    August 5, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Good for him. The St.Lucia Donald trump. He can fix everything. Allen Trump

  13. Sad-But-True
    August 5, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I have always lamented that Guy Mayers should be tried in the Hague for the deaths of those young by the Police. He was the Minister Of Security / Justice who authourized the Police to kill those young men.

    1. True-But-Sad
      August 5, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Kenny, for once agree with you. You don’t have to hide under the banner Sad-But-True right now. You are 209℅ correct. Guy Mayers is nothing more than a shyster and a crook. Disgusting little troll that he is. I’m sincerely saddened by his continued presence in the party and all that it represents. I hope the powers that be will see he’s nothing more than a detriment and oust him just like you did Walter Francois.

  14. Anonymous
    August 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    Sad but true get a life

  15. Boujon Guiyave
    August 6, 2016 at 6:01 am

    It would be courteous of Golden Balls if he would tell the the benefits and advantages of setting up a tribunal to carry out an investigation into these extrajudicial killings. Wouldn’t that be a waste of time and resources when one has already been conducted. I think he owes it to the families of the victims to explain the reasons for this retrogressive step..