Mary Francis welcomes appointment of new DPP

Mary Francis, the Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights, has welcomed the appointment of a new Director of Public Prosecutions.

Daasrean Greene is the new appointee.

He will officially take up  duties on October 17, 2016 on a one year contract.

Mary Francis told the Times that she was relieved that Greene had been appointed.

“It means that things will start moving,” she declared.

The outspoken Human Rights Activist noted that there is a lot of work that Greene will have to address.

She described Greene as being “quite competent”.

Francis said he has been a Defense Lawyer for a long time in the criminal court and will now have an opportunity to experience “the other side of things” as a Prosecutor.

“I think he will do a good job based on his understanding of the criminal justice system and his experience over the years,” Francis  told the Times.

She said Greene appeared to be a passionate Attorney.

“I am pleased with the choice,” Francis stated.

However she noted that Greene needed appropriate backup staff in the DPP’s  office to deal with the backlog of cases.

The Human Rights Activist said she would like to see the Chakadan Daniel matter addressed since the Inquest had returned a verdict of unlawful killing.

On the morning of Wednesday, October 23,  2013 the family of 22-year old  Daniel of Back Street, Micoud, was informed by police that he was found dead while in custody at the Micoud Police Station.

Police later announced that Daniel was found hanging from his cell after he had been arrested two days prior for escaping lawful custody, assaulting a police officer and damaging property.

“The parents are waiting for justice,” Mary Francis told the Times.

She also spoke of the need to bring closure to the case of the “Vieux Fort Five”.

On Thursday May 5, 2011 at around 2:30 am five men lost their lives at the hands of the police who said that they were intercepting a robbery.

Since then families of the victims have been on a mission to seek justice.

“In four of the cases the verdict was unlawful killing,” Mary Francis said.

She spoke of the need to speed up the process of justice for the surviving family members.