National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, believes police officers accused of extrajudicial killings during Operation Restore Confidence (ORC), ought to be compensated in the event that they are exonerated.
The allegations of extra judicial killings by some members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) arose out of several fatal police shootings in 2010-2011.
Hermangild Francis explained that the DPP can decide whether the matter goes to court or nullify the cases if he feels there’s no evidence to prosecute.
“It’s really left to him,’ the former Deputy Police Commissioner told reporters here last week.
Francis said he would have loved to see some of the accused officers being promoted and if they are found guilty, the promotions can be withdrawn.
But he disclosed that the idea did not sit well with the Americans.
“As far as they are concerned, those persons should not be elevated because by the mere fact that you elevate them, they would be responsible for a number of persons below them and those persons would be looked at as being tainted,” he said.
Nevertheless, Francis told reporters there is a way of compensating the officers if they are exonerated.
“And I do hope that we are still in government and I will make sure that I am in the forefront to see those officers, if not convicted, get the compensation they deserve,” the minister said.