Saint Lucia Introduces Special Prosecutor Legislation To Combat Corruption By Public Officials

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Prime Minister Hon. Philip J. Pierre has secured the support of Saint Lucia’s legislators in the House of Assembly for the enactment of the Special Prosecutor Act.
This historic piece of progressive legislation empowers an attorney-at-law appointed by the
Judicial and Legal Services Commission to serve as Special Prosecutor and also authorises the Office holder to receive complaints and investigate credible reports of corrupt conduct by incumbent public officials and also public officials who have demitted office.
The Special Prosecutor Act gives legal authority to the Special Prosecutor to institute both civil and criminal proceedings against any public official who may have engaged in acts of
malfeasance and/or is suspected of misappropriating state resources and assets for personal gain.
Hon. Pierre expressed confidence in the Special Prosecutor Act and expects that it will restore public trust in the Government of Saint Lucia. He also demanded higher levels of accountability and integrity from the custodians of government property and the public officials entrusted with the responsibility of handling the taxpayer’s money and managing the country’s finances.
The Special Prosecutor will further augment the mandates of existing oversight agencies and official prosecutorial offices including the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution, the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of the Auditor General, the Office of the
Parliamentary Commissioner, the Financial Intelligence Authority and the Integrity Commission.
With the establishment of the Special Prosecutor Act, Saint Lucians will have access to and can discreetly and safely report corrupt conduct by any public official to an official office dedicated to receiving and investigating complaints.
Saint Lucia’s Special Prosecutor Act is modelled after existing legislation from numerous
Commonwealth jurisdictions and was extensively ventilated and thoroughly scrutinized by all the relevant stakeholders before it was tabled and debated in the House of Assembly.
Source: Office Of The Prime Minister
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7 COMMENTS

  1. we need something to solve crimes against the citizens…so far i havent heard no one shot no politicians …they the ones that robbing poor people blind…..this is crazy…..the public NEEDS NNEEDS help against this crime craziness in slu

  2. St. Lucia Times did I say something wrong? why is my article not posted?
    According to all of you I should not support the bill, I am not a supporter of corruption. If you all are its ok

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