Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Wayne Charlery has spoken in the aftermath of claims that he instructed police officers to target protestors who were wearing red, the colour of the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), during an ‘unlawful’ anti-government motorcade on Sunday.
Outspoken government critic and Talk Show personality, Christopher Hunte, was arrested during the event.
A note which purportedly appeared in a station diary in Dennery and was allegedly from Charlery, has been making the rounds on social media.
According to the note, all persons wearing red ‘shall be diverted back to Castries.’
“I was not physically in Dennery at all during that time frame when that note was written,” the Acting Deputy Police Commissioner told St Lucia Times.
He disclosed that the matter is currently the subject of an internal investigation.
Charlery told St Lucia Times that at the “right time” he will be speaking out on the entire situation and hopefully, everything would be “clarified”.
“That time is when I give my evidence in the matter against Christopher Hunte, where he is charged for instigating, leading and organising an illegal march contrary to the public order act,” the senior police officer stated.
Hunte is scheduled to appear in court on July 23.
Charlery declared that he looks forward to presenting his evidence and being cross examined.
“That is what our system is built on, an environment where you have your prosecution, you have your defence and then the evidence can be scrutinised and the Magistrate will make a decision based on the evidence that is laid before him or her,” Charlery observed.
“I feel that would be the appropriate situation, environment for all of that to be handled and then we will know exactly what transpired,” he asserted.