Francis backs referendum on death penalty

Asserting that there are compelling arguments both for and against the death penalty, National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has  come out in support  of a referendum on carrying out executions for criminals convicted of capital murders.

The last execution in Saint Lucia took place in 1995.

“The public has a say – Saint Lucians can decide ‘yes, this is what we want’,” he said.

The minister admitted that there is pressure from other countries not to carry out the death penalty.

“You are supposed to be independent but you are not really independent  because you need to get grants and you need to get assistance from some of these countries, but it is on the law books and again – it is not automatic,” Francis observed.

But he said if there is pressure from outside forces there was need to go to the people of Saint Lucia and explain the situation to them:

“We want aid from England and Sweden and those countries, but at the end of the day if we implement the death penalty then we will not get the type of monies that we need to take care of our people, ‘what do you want us to do as a government?'”

Asked whether he was indicating that there should be a referendum, Francis said:

“Yes. You can do that and then it sends a loud message to the persons out there that this is what the people want and at the end of the day  you have to give people what they want.”

Asked whether he intended to push for the referendum, Francis responded in the negative.

“I would not lead any charge on the death penalty,” he stated, asserting that the DPP is the one who decides whether to seek the death penalty.

Francis referred to Wednesday’s double homicide at Tamarind Heights, Active Hill, in which a man and his girlfriend were stabbed to death.

He expressed the view that if the perpetrator goes through the system and is found guilty, he was sure that  if the the DPP should ask for the death penalty no one would fight it.

“That is a discussion we need to have – I don’t want to say exactly how I feel about the death penalty, but the death penalty is on our books so if you commit murder there is a possibility that you can be sentenced to death, ” Francis explained.

He stated that since there is a provision for executions in the law, Saint Lucia should follow the law.

“Whether I like it or I don’t like it, that is what the law says,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner said.

The Minister was a guest last night on the DBS Television programme, Newsmaker Live, with  host -Timothy Poleon.



  1. Matthew Alexander
    February 2, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Who listens to this IDIOT? Crime breeds crime….understand!!!! Under his watch crime has escalated bigly. You think this is a coincidence….. Time will tell….Tanto Tanto…

    1. John Williams
      February 2, 2017 at 9:59 am

      When St. Lucia executed murderers the crime rate was low. I know that because I lived home. I don’t understand your logic.

      1. The Crow
        February 2, 2017 at 11:59 am

        The minister’s comment is ridiculous because he is very aware that the UK government will not take kindly to us executing people. A few years ago they (The UK) wanted to pull the plug on all aid to St. Lucia because of this same issue. NEVER HAPPEN!!!

  2. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 10:00 am

    this fool doesnot know that we have signed unto an agreement against capital punishment. what is wrong with dem ppl.

    1. Serious
      February 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

      When did Saint Lucia sign unto an agreement against capital punishment? Please check your facts and understand clearing what obtains in law before you write and say it is a fact.

  3. Just saying
    February 2, 2017 at 10:07 am

    Now we’re getting somewhere. Even if its not implemented just by having discussions on the issue will show these wild animals who kill humans that we are not only going to cage them but we are willing to end their miserable lives. If you have a dog at your home and it bites its own family membera you are obligated to put it down. So lets discuss.

  4. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I say death penalty. SIMPLE If England and Sweden have objects then no problem when perpurtrators are caught then we can happily ship them to ENGLAND AND SWEDEN …. NONSENSE HANG THEM

    1. Anonymous
      February 2, 2017 at 10:53 am


  5. Bob
    February 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Death penalty

  6. The Jackal
    February 2, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Enough is enough! Death penalty is the only solution right now,because these criminals not scared to go jail,jail is like hotel to them..its time an example is made out of some of them..and those who oppose of the death penalty,just wait until one of these tragedies knocks on your door from one of these only then you will know what these families feel who have been through it..

  7. Sharon terrell
    February 2, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I say no death penalty, life in prison without the possibility of parole.If you know christ you know thou shall not kill.What good it is for the government to hang someone when your love one cannot return.I want them to suffer until they die.prison is not a bed of roses dont not let any body fool you.Its not nice.may be in American its glory.But prison breeds tougher criminals,they get worst in prison.The death penalty and hanging is wrong to wrongs can never make 1 right.I say life hanging is to easy..

  8. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Sharron u hit the nail on the head

  9. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    really sharon? Well let me tell u something..these criminals always say is just do the crime and go jail,because jail not make for dogs and they are well feed and they are right because when they get their meals already,we out here don’t know where our next meal is coming from,
    And worst of all is our tax money feeding them while we out there working our butt off to feed them and ourself

  10. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Sigh. I think the minister is not in touch with reality. First age of consent now death penalty. One more senseless comment and he should resign. Not fit to be a leader.

  11. Lucian
    February 2, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    We need to have a constitutional reform, referendum. This can be one of the issues we vote on. Its about time the people are given a say in what they would really like to see changed. We need our own referendum!!!

  12. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Some of you’ll st lucians is so senseless,that’s why crimes will continue,and you’ll will blame the government,that’s why st Lucia will always remain how it is. Until an example isn’t made of some of these criminals,things will never change, you’ll want to bad talk the ministers when they make hard decisions but yet still say that they not doing nothing to stop crime

  13. Vibs
    February 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    I have agonized many times whether or not to support the death penalty. After reading many studies and viewing documentaries about capital punishment, I don’t support it. Many murders are crimes of passion and no thought is given to the possible consequences of one’s murderous action. People also commit murders because they think that they would never be caught. A poor innocent man can be wrongfully sentenced to death because of incompetent lawyers, overly zealous prosecutors, tainted DNA, etc. One of the harshest punishment is life imprisonment in isolation.

  14. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    Chastanet the capitalist crook would be the first to be hang

  15. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Crime of passion please murder is murder

  16. 666
    February 2, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    And your God said “though shalt not kill”…some of you are a bunch of hypocrites.

  17. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Yea am a Christian and l believe in the death penalty, if you take someone life scentless yours need to be taken. I agree with death the penalty. Check the old testament.

  18. Anonymous
    February 2, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    That is why OUR God said all the commandments hang on the first two. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And the second says love your neighbour as yourself. My question is how many of us would like to be killed? Or for that reason a family member? The problem with this whole thing is that some of us do not put ourselves in other peoples shoes to see how it fits. When a crime is committed the impact is on both families. The one whose child committed the act, and the one whose child will never walk through the door again. We need to leave emotions out of it, in other to think clearly, and rationally. The crimes are not committed by aliens from space, they are in our very homes or in our neighbourhood.

  19. 666
    February 2, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Murder is murder, no matter if it’s carried out by an individual or the state.
    So please change the way you think and your life will change…our thoughts are what we are today. Think positive!!!

  20. Khayti
    February 2, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Is that the best Francis can suggest for stemming the tide of the spiraling murder rate in St Lucia? What is the difference between a murderer and an executioner? The death penalty has never stopped people from committing murder. To revert to the death penalty as a means to deter crime makes no sense. To stop murder shall we commit more murder? Besides being an ineffective deterrent, there is always the chance of putting innocent people to death. I say there is another way..let Francis put his gray matter to work. Murder is murder whether you are the criminal, the hangman, or the judge who washes his hands and plays the role of Pilate. No more taking of human lives!

  21. Anonymous
    February 3, 2017 at 5:27 am

    If a man sheds blood his blood should be shed. This is justice.

  22. Anonymous
    February 3, 2017 at 5:35 am

    A man that defends himself from another man should not die for defending himself.

  23. Anonymous
    March 8, 2017 at 10:51 pm

    St.lucians you have to demand that crime be reduced. Reinstate the death penalty and clean house in your police force.

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