National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has told reporters here that he is not surprised that the United States wants prosecution in the case of reported extra-judicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The case is commonly referred to as the IMPACS matter, IMPACS being the acronym for the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security.
In 2014, IMPACS concluded an investigation into 11 alleged extra-judicial killings by Saint Lucia police officers between 2010 and 2011.
Francis told reporters that he knew all along that the Americans wanted prosecution.
“All I was surprised about is the type influence – the types of things that were said about Saint Lucia by our own Saint Lucian politicians,” the minister said without going into detail.
He explained that the disclosures upset him and made him disappointed in “our people.”
“That we can go to a foreign country and say those things about our people, just for political gain,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner declared.
He told reporters that there are three possible outcomes from prosecution.
The minister said the DPP can determine that there is insufficient evidence to go forward, there could be convictions or matters could be dismissed.
“So its a long process and the government has tried its very best in that issue and I am happy – I think there is light at the end of the tunnel,” Francis asserted.
But he made it clear that the government would allow the DPP to perform his function without any influence whatsoever.
The minister disclosed recently that when he attended a security meeting in Mexico, he held talks with the Deputy US Under Secretary of Defence, Sergio de la Pena.
“In that discussion I was told that we definitely have – there must be prosecution,” Francis explained.