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ST. LUCIA | EU diplomat confident IMPACS recommendations will be implemented

Featured Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Daniela Tramacere, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Daniela Tramacere,
CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jun 13, CMC – The Head of Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Daniela Tramacere, Tuesday said she is confident that recommendations contained in a report on alleged extra-judicial killings by police officers here will be carried out.

The former government headed by Dr. Kenny Anthony had commissioned the investigation into the 2011 killings that was conducted by Jamaican investigators on behalf of the Trinidad-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS).

In his 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.

“We have received strong reassurance that the due process is taking place,” Tramacere told reporters Tuesday, noting that she and other diplomats representing countries of the EU have listened very carefully to what the Director of Public Prosecution has told them.

Daniela Tramacere

“We are looking forward to seeing further developments in the good direction in the future,” said the Italian born EU diplomat, who is also accredited to the sub-regional Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM).

The EU diplomat spoke to reporters as Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, and other officials met and received a presentation by the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions, Daarsrean Green.

Asked by reporters whether she was happy with the progress on the IMPACS matter, the EU diplomat said it was not for her to judge.

But she disclosed that the EU has been following developments very closely because of a strong interest in seeing that the St. Lucia government is doing due diligence in following up on this “very stressful and unfortunate event which took place.

“We are somehow reassured that measures are being taken and we are looking forward to the further completion of this process,” the EU diplomat said, adding that the meeting with the Prime Minister and other officials was ‘routine’.

Last year, the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) called on the government to state its position on how it intends to deal with the IMPACS report.

The SLP said that when in opposition, the now ruling United Workers Party (UWP) had indicated that the IMPACS issue would have been dealt with within 100 days of the new administration taking up office.

But it noted that in recent newspaper interviews, Prime Minister Chastanet has indicated that the government will finance a “Special Prosecutor” to prosecute those alleged of carrying out the killings.

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