Sunday is IMPACS Day!

By the sound in the streets of Castries, all eyes will be glued to their TV sets tomorrow evening, all ears to their radios. Indeed, overseas-based Saint Lucians are equally curious about the immediate future of the local police force, based as it is on the promised revelations of the IMPACS report .

No doubt the nation will hear what were the terms of reference given the Jamaican investigators. Also, discombobulating references to suggestions in the prime minister’s “An Unhappy Episode” address on August 20, 2013—in particular, the following:

“The current events have their origin in the twelve individuals who were shot and killed by police officers between 2010 and 2011, during the tenure of the government of the United Workers Party.”

As if to underscore his meaning, the prime minister added: “Those killings occurred after the former government launched what was then described in the media and elsewhere as Operation Restore Confidence.”

The prime minister also revealed that while in opposition he had seen “a hit list of targeted persons deemed criminals . . . In the aftermath of Operation Restore Confidence some twelve persons met their deaths.”

He said the issue of twelve suspected extra-judicial executions had attracted the attention of the United States and led to State Department actions against the local force.

“From its inception,” said the prime minister nearly two years ago, his government had “understood the seriousness of this matter and its implications for the police force—and indeed the former political directorate.” He did not say how his predecessor was involved, however.

He emphasized his government’s appreciation of America’s assistance in fighting local crime: “Saint Lucia values its close cooperation with the United States in security matters because without this understanding and cooperation our borders can never be secure.”

Again the prime minister seemed to engage in finger pointing at his predecessors: “We now reap the harvest of rash decisions—particularly by policy makers anxious to gain quick resolutions.”

Conceivably the IMPACS investigators will identify what were the related rash decisions that had led to the deaths of twelve individuals and how policy makers had sought to gain quick resolutions.

Reportedly, the police commissioner Vernon Francois is on vacation leave. His predecessor Ausbert Regis was recently interviewed by the prime minister’s press secretary, in relation to the latest crime figures.

Referring directly to IMPACS, Regis said “there will be negative fallout for the police but the government must find the courage to do what it has to do. Otherwise, they might as well close shop.”

The prime minister has twice postponed official comment on the IMPACS report and there has been no word about its release for public consumption!


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4 Responses to Sunday is IMPACS Day!

  1. Jaden says:

    Aus Bert Regis talking about ‘shop close’. JOKE RIGHT?

  2. Anon says:

    Seen from another Star article the announcement is due at 8pm! Let’s hope it happens.

  3. Anon says:

    For overseas interested parties, what time is the PM due to make his announcement?

  4. joe says:

    This an interesting statistic and fortells a grim reality of St. Lucian society.

    This good unprescedented murder rate is actually indicative of a fundamentally corrupt society.

    Has anyone asked why in January and February 2015 the murder rate is suddenly 0 when in the last 15 years on average it would have been between 6 and 10 on the way to the usual 30+ murders annually?

    What has happened to suddenly have this statistic jump up at us? Has the policing and internal security miraculously got better? Then why the sudden jump in rapes?
    Has our society suddenly developed a good moral backbone? Hardly likely!
    Has the drug culture suddenly become more peaceful and understanding? Give me a break!

    The answer lies in what is happening on Sunday when we will finally hear something about the report on extra judicial killings that occurred in 2011 or the IMPACS report. The answer lies in the heat St. Lucia has received from the Gobat execution at Cap Estate last year.

    The grim reality is that St. Lucian society is so corrupt that elements of the security officialdom and political leadership and the drug underworld have colluded to ensure that there are no murders in this period because of the heat St. Lucia has received both from the extra judicial killing and the Gobat murder. With the Inpacs report due out tomorrow there are security and political entities who want to be able to say “see our internal security is working, we are all good guys protecting our citizens…

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