Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told a gathering of police officers that his predecessor Dr Kenny Anthony is responsible for the current IMPACS debacle.
Mr Chastanet was addressing the annual general meeting of the Police Welfare Association on Wednesday.
When asked for an update on the IMPACS investigation, Mr. Chastanet said Dr Anthony decided to politicize the issue by running the investigation out of the Office of the Prime Minister.
“If there was an investigation to be done, the investigation had to be done through the DPP’s office. And if, in fact, the DPP by their wisdom determines that the normal investigating arm of the local police could not do the job, then it was for the DPP to solicit assistance from somewhere else,” Chastanet said.
“So what happened is, instead of the DPP doing that, the Prime Minister’s office did that. And the Prime Minister’s office hired IMPACS to be able to do the investigation. The report, once it was completed, was given to the Prime Minister and the Prime minister then choose to go on public TV and make pronouncements about what that report was. And some people, some people, would suggest biasing the case,” he added.
Prime Minister Chastanet’s comments came in response to concerns from police officers that their colleagues, identified in the IMPACS report, were being hauled for questioning like suspected criminals.
The Prime Minister said he does not involve his office in the investigation, neither does he ask the DPP for updates on the case.
Mr Chastanet said DPP Daarsrean Greene has been reviewing the IMPACS report and following up on the allegations contained to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for criminal prosecution.
“What the US and the Europeans have indicated is what they want to see, they want to see prosecution. They want to know that the evidence that has been provided has been tested in a court of law. But does it mean there’s going to be a prosecution?” he said.
The Prime Minister said he wasn’t implying there would be no convictions.
According to Mr Chastanet, until it is proven that the testimony and evidence laid out in the IMPACS report can meet St Lucian legal standards, the claims made in the report remains simply “hear-say” and allegations.
He said his office has been providing the DPP with all the necessary support and resources that will bring a speedy resolution to the IMPACS matter.