The Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights, Mary Francis, has again called on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Daarsrean Greene, to issue a statement on the ‘Vieux Fort Five’.
Francis, an Attorney at Law, is representing the family of Allen Louisy, one of the five men fatally shot in a police operation in May 2011.
She said the deceased was not known to have any trouble with the law.
Mary Francis recalled that last year the DPP had declared that there would be no prosecution regarding some of the fatal shootings that occurred during the police anti-crime initiative dubbed Operation Restore Confidence (ORC) during the period 2010-2011.
But she noted in the case of the Vieux Fort Five, the DPP said he had advised the Police Commissioner that there were further lines of inquiry to be explored, the investigation was active and an update would be forthcoming.
“I am now asking him to live up to his promise. He made that promise last year on the heels of the elections and he indicated that he was going to inform the public,” Francis stated.
“It’s been one year and we have heard absolutely nothing,” the outspoken Human Rights advocate lamented.
Francis described the situation as disgraceful.
She observed that it has been over a decade since the Vieux Fort Five died.
“There must be some proper investigation when the state takes a life. You can’t tell me you killed five men in one night and you have an inquest which said it was unlawful killing and the DPP has done nothing,” Francis asserted.
Francis said delays would make successful prosecution difficult.
She told St Lucia Times that some eyewitnesses and people who had evidence are no longer in Saint Lucia.
Francis urged the DPP to make a statement as he is accountable to this country’s taxpayers.
“The international community is still concerned about a resolution to this matter and I am concerned,” the Attorney at Law declared.