National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has asserted that the United States ‘cannot dictate’ regarding the outcome of what has become known here as the IMPACS matter.
Francis made the comments in response to a question posed to him during Police Insight, aired Tuesday night by MBC Television.
IMPACS, the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security, concluded an investigation in 2014 into reports of 12 extrajudicial killings committed by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) between 2010 and 2011.
The investigation was carried out by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.
In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations.
Programme Host, Zachary Hippolyte, asked the former Deputy Police Commissioner whether he foresees some police officers implicated in the IMPACS affair facing the courts.
“What the Americans were saying was that they wanted prosecution, but the Americans can’t dictate exactly what you do,” the National Security Minister asserted.
He explained that the office of Director of Public Prosecutions is a constitutional position.
“No Minister of government, no Prime Minister, nobody can tell him exactly what to do,” Francis said.
“What he will do when he gets all the evidence and he is satisfied that he can proceed, he will proceed. If he figures that the evidence is insufficient for a prosecution, then he will not,” the Minister declared.
“Whether the Americans are happy or not with that decision they will have to live with it because that is our constitution and we must adhere to what our constitution says,” Francis stated.
He expressed the view that he can see the DPP making a determination before the next general elections.
“Trust me on that,” the Minister told Police Insight.
He explained that authorities here had to start the process all over after a failed bid to obtain relevant documents from Jamaica investigators.