Pierre Denies Witch-Hunt In Move To Appoint Special Prosecutor

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Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre has denied that his Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration is mounting a witch-hunt in the move to appoint a Special Prosecutor.

“This Act is not about a witch-hunt. This Act is about having Saint Lucia as a place where corruption is not tolerated or encouraged whether for politicians or public officials,” the PM declared to parliament on Tuesday.

“I want to make it clear. This is not a situation where we are going after anyone because this bill also pertains to us in this honourable house,” he disclosed.

Pierre told parliament that Saint Lucia was not reinventing the wheel, as there have been several similar acts in the region and elsewhere.

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He said Saint Lucia’s Special Prosecutor Act is based on the Jamaica Corruption Prevention & Special Prosecutor Act.

The Castries East MP noted that the Jamaica Act was subject to an unsuccessful challenge concerning the Director of Public Prosecutions.

In this regard, he explained that the Saint Lucia Special Prosecutor Act in no way conflicts with the duties of the DPP’s office.

Pierre recalled that this country’s DPP had declared that he is overwhelmed.

“He said that there are over 90 cases of murder in the system which he cannot deal with,” the PM told parliament.

“We cannot wait for the Director of Public Prosecutions whilst the very core of our existence is being threatened by acts or perceived acts of corruption,” Pierre asserted.

And quoting from the Act, he explained that the Special Prosecutor would not withdraw a matter instituted or referred to him or her by the DPP unless the DPP consents in writing.

Pierre said the law would not diminish or belittle the power of the DPP.

In addition, he noted that the Special Prosecutor bill indicates that the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, in consultation with the Attorney General, would appoint an Attorney at Law to be a Special Prosecutor.

“So that person is not a political appointee,” Pierre stated.

And he noted that the appointed Attorney must have at least ten years experience in practising law.

 

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14 COMMENTS

  1. You pjp what you looking for St. Lucia will be to small to handle listen to Richard Fredrick..You will ever regret to know him sad bringing St. Lucia so low by the way pjp what is corruption?

  2. I hope the special prosecutor starts with Helaire. Pierre is now talking to much shit for my liking. If he was serious before he could have pass this legislation, he should have never had Girard, Frederick and more so Helaire in his party running any seat.
    If the special prosecutor don’t get anything on Frederick, King and Helaire, then it would have really been a witch-hunt.
    Helaire said Jufali had given him millions to build a Diabetic Center in St Lucia. Where is it or better yet where is the money. Leave it to Beaver.

  3. “Is not the LORD your GOD is with you all ? Has he not granted you rest on every side ? And has handed the inhabitants of the land over to the enemies ?
    Now,devote yourselves seeking the LORD your GOD. Ready to build and not tear….

    “Praise be to you,O LORD,
    GOD of our father Israël 🇱🇨 St-Lucia, from everlasting to everlasting.
    Yours,O LORD,is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
    Yours, O LORD,is the kingdom ; you are exalted as head Over All.
    Wealth and honor comes from you ;
    you are the Ruler of all things.
    In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
    Now,our GOD,we give you thanks,and praise your glorious name.

  4. Have the special prosecutor investigate why 8 of the 10 richest people in st lucia at politrickians .
    As they encourage poor people to eat more green fig and children learn creole in school so they can remain ignorant .

  5. I’m in full support of this bill, like I was with the one Chastenet previously tabled, to have no statute of limitations on crimes of corruption committed by politicians. Bravo, steps in the right direction, but Pierre no one is fooled by your utterance that this is not a witch-hunt, it surely is. It was a campaign promise to go after especially Guy and Chastenet, but maybe you need to look within first. During the 2006 – 2011 reign of the UWP, you and Kenny had a lot more accusations against King, Frederick, Guy, Bruce sorry Bouquet and Mondesir in particular. Two of those notorious elements are in your cabinet. I always knew you were a smart man, just maybe that is your strategy to Judas kiss them goodbye.

  6. All of you all are corrupt. Kenny Anthony accused the then Stevenson King led administration in 2011/2012 of corruption and now Philip brought the alleged in his cabinet. This same Stevenson accused Chastenet’s administration that he was a part of, of corruption. All you politicians are corrupt and the young politicians that want to join in and believe that they will make a difference are part of the and are enabling corruption.

  7. Take care, just take care that the first politician who is successful prosecuted by a special prosecutor for corruption comes from the party who instituted it. Just saying! Not that I mind if it is done in good faith to stop the siphoning of our monies by corrupt politicians and their cabals. This country, my country is sadly one of the most corrupt countries in the world and something has to be done to keep our politicians in check. No public servant can honestly become a millionaire from working for government. But they do anyway! Let’s not fool ourselves, we all know how.

    I can recall a few years ago, a friend approached me in my office and wanted to borrow $10,000 in cash, urgently. He would later reveal that the money was for security a government contract and the payment had to be in cash. This is just one such case and explains why government contracts are always so padded, why everything government costs millions of dollars compared to when done by private interests.

    And this is just the tip of the corruption iceberg. Many of us pretend that these things don’t exist but just wait a few years down the line, our children and grandchildren will be the ones saddled by huge foreign debts and a failing country.

  8. No one is above the law any government who thinks there is a need to appointment a special prosecutor they are entitled to do so

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