DPP Urged To Issue Statement On ‘Vieux Fort Five’

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Human Rights advocate, Mary Francis, wants the DPP to issue a statement on the ‘Vieux Fort Five.

She says it’s been ten years since the men were shot dead by the police.

Jn Baptiste Mc Farlane, Mitchel Cadette, Allan Louisy, Myron Dupal and, Kevin Ferdinand all died following a police operation on May 5th 2011.

The five men all resided in La Clery, Castries.

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Mary Francis described the incident as one of the bloodiest days for law enforcement in this country.

But she lamented that one decade later, there has been no closure.

“Impunity exists – there’s been no prosecution,” the outspoken Attorney told St Lucia Times.

Police had said that the five men were going to break into a restaurant.

However, Francis recalled that at the inquest, the watchman and the owner of the property denied that there was a break-in.

“The tax payers have a right to know why such incidents took place,” she told St Lucia Times.

And while acknowledging the independence of the office of the DPP, Francis believes that the DPP has a duty to account to the public.

“If there is no proper evidence to ensure a prosecution, come out and say something,” she declared.

Francis explained that it is a matter of transparency, accountability and the rule of law.

“This is at the heart of good governance,” she stated.

Headline photo caption: Three of the man who were slain (L to R) Mitchel Cadette, JnBaptiste McFarlane and Kevin Louisy

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