Outspoken Attorney at Law Mary Francis has urged the government to channel funding for a special prosecutor to probe corruption under the former administration into legal aid for Saint Lucia’s poor who cannot afford the services of a lawyer.
“I heard the Prime Minister speak of a Special Prosecutor for corruption. It is all well and good to stop corruption among organs of the state, but this money can be put to
legal aid to provide access to justice for the people,” Francis told St Lucia Times.
She asserted that it is an affront to democracy when the poor cannot have access to justice, an issue that needs to be urgently addressed by the government.
“The question of talking about accountability, transparency, throwing those words across the table in the house of assembly – that will not do. Accountability is when you have proper measures, proper inquests, independent hearings, and a timeline for the police to deliver their files when they kill a citizen,” the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights coordinator asserted.
She said that delays raise suspicions in the minds of the public.