The United States Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela has expressed concern here over the unresolved IMPACS matter.
“I am concerned that it has not been resolved yet – we hope it will be resolved in the near future,” the US diplomat told reporters here.
She said the United States has asked Saint Lucia’s new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Daarsrean Greene to continue moving forward with the matter.
“I am not sure where he is – I am not privy to where the case stands at the moment, but yes, I think if the case was resolved we would have a better relationship because obviously we can provide a lot more assistance to Saint Lucia,” Taglialatela explained.
Former prime minister Dr Kenny Anthony had in 2013 commissioned an investigation by the Caribbean Community IMPACS agency into alleged extra judicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
In his address to the nation on March 8, 2015 on certain aspects contained in the report, Anthony said, among other things, that the police staged fake encounters and planted evidence in the 12 fatal shootings that took place.
In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations.