Francis: Integrity of IMPACS matter eroded

Attorney at Law, Mary Francis, has urged a speedy resolution to the IMPACS matter, although she feels that the integrity of the process has been eroded.

“Too many different people have become involved and the whole process to me should not have gone the way it did,” Francis told the Times.

According to her, something is holding back the process.

“Whether it is the characters behind the scenes involved, whether they are supposed to shield certain people – the politicians or whoever and the whole possibility that bringing the matter before the court might implicate certain people – I do not know; but we need to know,” the Attorney at Law stated.

She expressed the view that there is something that Saint Lucians are not being told.

Francis is the Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights.

She noted that at the end of a meeting here with on Tuesday between Ambassadors of EU countries and local officials, including Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, an EU spokesperson expressed confidence that the recommendations relating to the IMPACS report are being followed.

“We are left in the dark in Saint Lucia,” Francis told the Times.

She declared that the pace of justice in the twelve fatal police shootings between 2011 and 2012 that resulted in the IMPACS investigation is too slow.

The  damning report prepared by Jamaican investigators said among other things that that local law enforcers staged encounters and planted weapons.

Excerpts of the report were read on national television by then Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, in March 2015.

While admitting that the matter was a sensitive one, Mary Francis said that the relatives of those who were killed by the police need closure.

She acknowledged Saint Lucia’s dependence on European countries.

But she expressed concern that EU representatives could come to Saint Lucia and speak with ‘authority’ and ask authorities here to be accountable.

“I as a Saint Lucian, a proud nationalistic person – it’s an embarrassment,” Francis told the Times.

She said the situation smacked of a colonial relationship.

“Shame alone should cause us to rise up and say ‘This thing has to be resolved once and for all’ ” the outspoken Human Rights Activist declared.

“This is almost like musical chairs. I mean if this were not such a serious issue I would have a good laugh. One time you have the Americans, next you have the Europeans, one time you have a DPP; now you have a new DPP; you had the last administration; now you have a new administration – Oh my God, this thing has got to stop,” Francis stated.

She told the Times that the family members of the persons killed by the police need justice.




  1. Febert
    June 15, 2017 at 11:28 am

    What happen to that twi twi?

  2. onlooker
    June 15, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    you just hate the police

  3. Anonymous
    June 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Why don’t she take care of the families with her own resources. If she so much in a hurry.
    Let the gaddem people do their work.

  4. Anonymous
    June 15, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Mary that is what happens when you play politics with legal matters…

  5. Anonymous
    June 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Mary when they killed the lady in marisule you had nothing to say. Just shut up

  6. John Williams
    June 15, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    Yawn! Stretch!

  7. Anonymous
    June 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    Mary is a good girl smh

  8. Box head
    June 16, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Mary only these families needs justice???what happened to the other families,which has lost loved ones tragically you say seems to me you have your eyes set on some monies from the families of these criminals.Mary i think you should keep your mouth SHUT!!!!!.

  9. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 7:59 am

    the policemen who though that IMPAC would have gone away with the advent of UWP..think again its in you all face once more with it

  10. Neo
    June 16, 2017 at 9:30 am

    My st Lucian people Mary Francis
    Is the legal rep for Human rights
    And possibly the only person to turn to when Big Brother the State has violated your Human rights .tomorrow it can be you

  11. Society
    June 16, 2017 at 9:42 am

    I guess st.lucia should never join the United nations…….u ‘ll educated stupid people should know.. part of that agreement human rights is a key issue……even thou Mary is dead or alive……this impacts matter will be our downfall in the future.. be uwp or slp and already we are already seeing…what is already happening..

  12. Anonymous
    June 16, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Mary! that Mcfarlande guy you so want to defend, do you ever take the time to investigate how msny families he have hurt? I am one of them, he broke my house and thief almost everything that my husband and I worked so hard for, he didn’t just stole from us he also mashup our house,such as the ceiling , doors, step, and much more. I applaud the policemen for a job well done. You need to step down and let the policemen do their job.