Human Rights advocate, Mary Francis, believes there should be an independent investigation into the recent murder of Kimberly Williams de Leon.
Francis said she has her suspicions about the incident and declared that ‘wool is being pulled over the eyes’ of the people of this country for too long.
“That is all I have to say. I have my suspicions and there is a lot of covering up in Saint Lucia,” the outspoken Attorney at Law stated.
She told St Lucia Times that she will not be surprised when the the authorities get to the bottom of the recent killing.
“We have spoken on that before – that there should be an independent investigation whenever there is a police killing. I am not saying that the police are involved in that recent homicide, but there ought to be ( an independent probe),” she declared.
Saint Lucia police have disclosed that one of their own, the husband of the murdered woman, is a ‘person of interest’ in the case.
Francis recalled that the then Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration in 2012 sought to amend the police complaints unit legislation to facilitate a CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) probe into reports of extra judicial killings by local police.
She said this was done to lend some independence to the probe into the 11 persons who were killed in 2011.
Francis observed that there was a lot of criticism of the legislation with persons asserting that it was unconstitutional.
“I don’t see how it could have been unconstitutional. Even presently I am wondering if it is necessary to probably get some independent prosecutor to assist the DPP. It’s a small country. Maybe that is one of the difficulties he may be experiencing over the past few months in getting along with the prosecutions,” she stated.
Francis expressed the view that there was need for reform in that area, but she said she does not know how the reforms will be accomplished.