Daarsrean Greene, who was sworn in yesterday as Saint Lucia’s new Director of Public Prosecutions, has promised to do his best in his new post.
But he has made it clear that he is not out to ‘get’ anybody.
“I am coming to uphold and defend the constitution,” Greene declared.
The new DPP said he dis not understand why anyone would say that he is out to get anyone.
“I am not privy to the circumstances surrounding any of these matters to speak to what I am going to do, so I would like to be offered the opportunity – say maybe within ninety days of my term in office, to indicate the way forward with these matters; but we need to look at them and we need to study them properly before any decision in these matters,” he stated.
Asserting that he was humbled and honoured to take up the position, Greene said his priorities will be dealing with the backlog of cases before the High Court and the alleged extra-judicial killings by some members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
“From today I am going to commence my full investigation into these matters and try to bring some semblance of order to these matters and see how quick we can get these matters out of the way,” the new DPP said.
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is on record as speaking about a Special Prosecutor to deal with the case of extrajudicial killings and the Lambirds affair.
“For you to have a Special Prosecutor as Director of Public Prosecutions, I need to first establish what the matter is and to have an insight into what I am dealing with – my first day in office I cannot address you in that regard to tell you exactly what is available etc – as I know then I will decide on the way forward,” Greene stated.
He thanked the government for indicating that it would assist with getting a Special Prosecutor if the services of such an individual is needed.
Greene disclosed that he made an assessment of the office of the DPP and found that the staff there were very hard working.
“If I have that staff I know that we will do quite well; however we do need additional resources in the office which I will address later on,” he said.
Greene expressed the view however that a lot can be done with the current manpower in the DPP’s Office, although more is needed.