IMPACS: LPM asks whether politicians above law

The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), has questioned whether politicians are above the law in the ongoing investigation into alleged extra-judicial killings by some members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLP).
LPM leader, Therold Prudent, told St Lucia Times that for years now he has been troubled by the IMPACS report, because it gave the impression that this country does not allow due process to those accused of violating laws.
“Suddenly it appeared as if we were living in a  totalitarian state reminiscent of the rule of the late President of Chile, General Augusto Pinochet, where political opponents would disappear, and the bodies of local criminals would be  found riddled with bullets on the streets of Santiago,” Prudent said.
“In time, I have also sought to balance the need for security on our island and the need for the police to gain the upper hand in the fight against crime, but have never been able to come to terms with the logic that even the most violent criminal among us should not be afforded due process, and that an ad hoc group of men belonging to a state apparatus could willfully  serve as judge, jury and executioner,” the LPM leader observed.
He told St Lucia Times that it was ‘mystifying’ that fast forwarding to 2017, the DPP has finally decided to question and may  even charge those who were involved in carrying out the alleged acts of extra judicial killings.
According to Prudent, it makes him wonder about true justice in Saint Lucia.
“The central question has never been answered, and that is, since the police are answerable to the government of Saint Lucia, who  in the then United Workers Party government of 2006- 2011  gave the green light to the police to undertake such actions?” The LMP leader asked.
“Has the DPP sought to question any of those persons who served in this particular administration? And why is it that the rule of law does not apply to Saint Lucian politicians as equally  as it does to their subordinates and as well, the average citizen?” He stated.
Prudent said that the LPM is not  seeking to cast aspersions on anyone.
“But  if we are in search of truth as a nation, why  does it seem as if the DPP  has curtailed investigations to focus  mainly on the police, and not on those whom we may never have  the privilege of knowing the degree of their involvement, if any?” He told St Lucia Times.
“The LPM is also concerned that this latest move by the DPP may be designed for political expedience , in hopes that the American government will move quickly to restore a favorable working condition with our government without a broad review or public  understanding of what really transpired,” Prudent said.
He said that the LPM does not believe that the American government will be that gullible.
“In fact, in as much as we would like to see the restoration of US assistance and training for our police force, especially at this critical moment when our country is under siege as a result of rising crime, there is also an important need to ensure that equal justice prevails,” the LPM leader said.

10 Comments

  1. Odd
    September 25, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    Most politicians ARE…and you idiots that put them in power..keep swallowing their nonsense each election.
    We THE YOUTH…will no longer tolerate your …WE ARE FROM THIS POINT colourblind.

    1. Anonymous
      September 25, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply

      Keep telling your self that

      1. Odd
        September 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm

        The truth hurts

  2. Mwen Mem
    September 25, 2017 at 3:45 pm Reply

    Las Parlee Marjee (LPM) on IMPACS. Give me a break!

    1. Judith
      September 25, 2017 at 4:39 pm Reply

      You can call them las palsy magii for as long as your small mind and big mouth will permit you to but as far as I am concerned they are the only ones making the most sense right now.
      Educate yourself about the topic before you go around calling people names.

  3. Anonymous
    September 25, 2017 at 4:59 pm Reply

    Impacs brought peace people could live there home and feel safe the island was quiet but from the time the criminals realize that they have a voice (mary and politicians) for points, they became reckless they raping day time, car jacking In plain sight tell me is that fair and don’t give me that about them being human all the people they killed were human. I also lost a cousin in impacs but I knew that day would come not by the police but it would. As the saying goes u live by it you die by it

    1. Merciful
      September 26, 2017 at 5:37 am Reply

      St Lucians are blind, how can u make a defence lawyer DPP? So what happens to the people he was representing before he became DPP? This is a conflict of interest. Get together St Lucians. They are laws for the rich and different laws for the poor.

  4. MAKAC kENNEY
    September 25, 2017 at 6:56 pm Reply

    What a hog of utter nonsense written by a fool. Why are you pre-empting the process of the investigation? How do you know the DPP will not question Politician as well as Businessmen who according to K. Anthony were behind criminal activity in Fair Helen. Really Prudent? Or is it your way of lining up to say that pressure from the LPM was the cause why the DPP is questioning the Politicians. For an intelligent man, I find your reasoning or argument baseless, you should be well aware that the alleged Crimes were allegedly perpetrated by the Police, Hence it makes total sense for the DPP to begin at the center and move outwards. In other words the DPP has to establish a crime was indeed committed and then determine who committed the crime before he can target who were the principal agents were who facilitated the crime. whether by ordering the crimes to be committed, or giving their consent to have it committed. That’s how investigations are done. There is a starting point. There is reasonable grounds to believe that a crime may have being committed in the case of IMPACs so there is no fishing to see if something drops out of the bag. Your saying you are not casting aspersions is the very evidence you are indeed doing just that, it corroborated by your commencement tone whereby you insinuated that politicians may be deemed above the law, and your closing where in you suggest that the DPP may be collaborating in a coverup by short changing his investigation and limiting it to Police officers. This is not only immature of you, but also it is an immature conclusion as the DPP has not given you, or any other person that I am aware of at what stage his investigation is at, neither has he suggested that he is only focused on one set of persons as opposed to another set in his investigations. So grow up if you want to represent as Rick would say “We the People” You seem to be engaged in the same tired old politics of innuendo with no substance as all the other politicians past and present. We need better than that and we need our Politicians to respect public officials who are doing their jobs and stop bringing them into disrepute without evidence of wrong doing. Green is a person of integrity, not a know party hack as far as I am aware, and definitely not at this point a politician, neither does he have to sing for his supper, and I fail to see your reasoning that he is up to cocomarckery.

  5. Trump
    September 25, 2017 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Operation Restore Confidence was definitely needed at the time since there were so many killings and crime going on…….HOWEVER in some cases the police took that as a free for all which was not right. So many questions left unanswered. Shakadan is a perfect example…..so let the chips fall where it should. And BTW hurry up already cuz this is past due to be resolved.

  6. Anonymous
    September 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply

    Why do you think you can tell the DPP how to do his work. If the politician have to be questioned, they must be. Let us just wait. To bloody fast.

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