Former Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois, has said that it should be incumbent on the government of Saint Lucia to explain the legal basis for other police departments to use this country’s facilities for gathering communication intelligence.
Writing in his just published book ‘Restored Confidence’, Francois disclosed that the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) legally gathers communication intelligence.
But he said what he was never able to ‘wrap my head around’ was the legal standing of other police forces that were using the Saint Lucia facility to gather intelligence.
He disclosed that during his tenure as Police Chief, there were at least two other police departments in the region with officers based in Saint Lucia for that purpose.
“I cannot now say if it is still ongoing,” Francois wrote.
“It would be interesting for these police forces to explain their legal ability to collect communication intelligence on their citizens, particularly the fact that it was done outside of their jurisdiction,” the former top cop asserted.
“It may very well be above board, but it surely would make for an interesting discourse,” Francois stated in his book.