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Call For Due Process on IMPACS

Image: Newly-elected UWP Chairman, Guy Mayers. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

MAYERS: ‘E.U. IS CORRECT’.

Image: Newly-elected UWP Chairman, Guy Mayers. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
Newly-elected UWP Chairman, Guy Mayers. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]
THE backlash over the IMPACS report continues. The European Union has issued a statement calling on the Government of Saint Lucia to follow due process in its prosecution of the matter.

The EU’s statement comes on the heels of an announcement by Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony at his party’s recent 65th anniversary celebrations in Vieux Fort that the former Home Affairs and National Security Minister, Guy Mayers was responsible for IMPACS a point Mayers has declined comment on, for “legal reasons”.

The EU statement also comes two weeks after the Director of Public Prosecution, Victoria Charles- Clarke, threw cold water on the IMPACS report saying that, for the most part, it constituted hearsay and did not contain the evidentiary material in the form required under Saint Lucia’s laws for prosecution of a case.

The government, since Charles-Clarke’s revelation, has remained mum on the matter, until Dr. Anthony’s platform announcement warning Mayers to remain quiet since he was responsible for the situation.

Home Affairs and National Security Minister, Phillip La Corbiniere, has yet to comment on the EU statement. Reports are that he is on sick leave and unable to comment until the time that he returns to office.

Now the EU, in reiterating its support and commitment to the development of Saint Lucia and the challenges the island faces as a vulnerable island state, is calling for due process to prevail following the Prime Minister’s public statement in March of this year regarding the IMPACS inquiry into police killings of 2010 – 2012.

“Successful growth and development include effective legal systems and criminal justice. In this context, the public statement on 8 March 2015 by the Honourable Prime Minister Kenny Anthony on the IMPACS report is very important. Following this statement, due process must be followed. Without due process, there would be no effective criminal justice system,” the EU delegation noted in its statement.

The statement added: “The EU and its Member States call on those responsible to ensure due process according to the Saint Lucia criminal law system”.

It said effective judicial systems were critical for a country’s Human Rights record, adding that with much progress achieved on other fronts, it would be regrettable if this issue would undermine Saint Lucia’s reputation in the international community.

“It is in the full interest of all Saint Lucians, and of EU visitors and investors, to see this situation move forward,” the statement noted.

Mayers has since deemed the EU statement as a warning to the government that should be heeded.

“The EU is concerned that due process is not taking place and is calling on the government to ensure that due process takes place. I think this is a stern warning to the government,” Mayers said, adding that the warning came in diplomatic language.

“I support the comments in the EU statement. It is consistent with what I’ve been saying as a former Home Affairs Minister,” Mayers said.

The delegation said that the EU and its Member States stood ready to support Saint Lucia in following due process according to its criminal law system and is offering assistance under the 11th European Development Fund Regional Indicative Programme, which has 44 million euros assigned to programmers fighting crime and security.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

4 Comments

  1. i have a hit list. i ordered them dead. who could prevent me from killing them? give me a second chance i will kill more of those low-down-dogs.
    i am a deacon in the first Baptiste church where i five a large sum of my money every Sunday.
    i can never get enough blood from those crazy dirty bastards.
    so i had to kill them 12×12 to equal 666.

  2. Let’s start at the very beginning
    A very good place to start
    When you read you begin with A B C
    When you sing you begin with Do Re Me
    Do Re Me, Do Re Me
    The first three notes just happen to be
    Do Re Me, Do Re Me
    Do Re Me Fa So La Ti
    Let’s see if I can make it easier
    Dough, important means of currency exchange
    Ray, a drop of golden opportunity
    Me, the drive to get one’s SHARE – a la Jimmy Cliff (Harder they Fall)
    Far, a long long way to control the dough pie and its distribution networks.
    Sew, an operation to interdict threats to authority
    La, the fall out from extra-judicial implications
    Tea, a drink that the US dumps in human rights protest
    That will bring us back to Do, oh oh -IMPACS
    -and all the players – including all officials remotely related to that unfortunate ordeal- this means YOU –too- chairman, oui!
    The aftermath of the operation resulting in death connected to a purported “list” is very damaging to the nation BECA– USE of sanctions that the US and EU are willing to IMPOSE –post IMPACS.
    The US is profoundly intelligent with past Latin American para military death squads. Consequently, when it smells the waft of similar trends, the modern reaction is swifter and more deliberate in persuading positive solutions.
    IMPACTS was a necessary baby step towards potential national redemption –
    to allay sharing the same “rogue nations” status; that includes North Korea, Somalia , et al.
    For a few heads to roll (indirectly) is a negligible national sacrifice to return us to the ambiance of favorable nation status.
    Frankly, IMPACS is a necessary petite carrot that the US may sigh with approval –
    more so because of containing a homogenous Caribbean Basin of influence and exclusion to other world powers (read Monroe Doctrine).
    Even the US has problems with the abuse of police authority BUT the BIG difference is there is JUDICIAL machinery (many layers) -in place-(Federal)
    that may deter, while offering significant recompense for families of victims….. Victims estates are awarded $$$$$$millions even if criminal charges are tossed aside.
    St Lucia- unfortunately,
    hardly a shilling towards a potters field burial!
    So, dear Chairman of Flambeau, your party officials in gov at the time of the disastrous operation (including yourself) must go through the proverbial wringer-
    in order to achieve a modicum of redemption from US & EU- even if it means some humiliation of our sovereign- pride…….
    After all, God does smile on HUMILITY, n’est pas?

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      This is some confused statements by this minion of the nincompoop Allen Chastanet and his sick backer, proclaiming his support for the EU’s call for Justice to the victims murdered by the Killer Cops under the direction of the now defunct UWP Government and executed under the directions of the Strongman Augusto Pinochet Francois.

      I pray that negroes such as Guy Mayers, and Judas Josie, the Negresses Gail, and Isaac whose plan is to install a Lajables as First Lady and another Majee Noir or one of Allen’s Bolom as Governor General are mindful of the information you have so generously imparted for the benefit of our little island and its inhabitants. But judging from the behavior of these mentally ill retrograde Negroes and the monetary pressures of persuasion imposed by the businessman upon DPP Charles-Clarke I see nothing short of an armed American invasion to arresting Guy Mayers, Vernon Francois and the demented goons now calling themselves Flambeau.

      MICHAEL CHASTANET: TAKE THEM OUT !

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLrnriLmWRE

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