The National Security Minister has advised journalists against exposing the identity of the police officers currently being questioned as part of the IMPACS investigation.
Hermangild Francis says the officers have not been charged and could become targets in their communities.
“To go around showing persons pictures who have not even been charged or anything like that is unfair and a very dangerous precedent that is being set. So I want to make an appeal to the press that they refrain from showing the photographs of anybody that the DPP will speak to,” Francis said.
Three officers have been brought in for questioning as the Officer of the Director of Public Prosecutions seeks to bring an end to the IMPACS case amid mounting pressure from the United States and the European Union.
Former Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony had in 2013 commissioned an investigation by the Caribbean Community IMPACS agency into alleged extra judicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).
The killings occurred under a special police operation dubbed “operation Restore Confidence” instituted during a period of heightened criminal activity.
In an address to the nation on March 8, 2015 on certain aspects contained in the report, Anthony said, among other things, that the police staged fake encounters and planted evidence in the 12 fatal shootings that took place.
In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human rights violations.
Francis is concerned that publishing images of the officers being questioned in the matter could place their lives in jeopardy.
“A lot of persons are going to be brought in for questioning; some persons who were involved and some people who were not involved. And by showing the photographs of everybody who goes to the DPP is jeopardizing the lives and the safety of the majority of these officers,” he added.