Monday 6 July, 2020

Francis hopes IMPACS, De Leon, Daniel issues will quickly be resolved

Kimberly De Leon (Left), Sen. Hermangild Francis (Center), Chakadan Daniel

Kimberly De Leon (Left), Sen. Hermangild Francis (Center), Chakadan Daniel

Justice and National Security Minister Senator Hermangild Francis says he is hopeful for decisions on three longstanding high-profile matters, namely IMPACS and the homicides of Kimberly Williams De Leon and Chakadan Daniel.

Senator Francis responded to Loop News on these matters saying, "We are working hard on that and hopefully we will get a decision very quickly.” 

Senator Francis also noted that this year's crime figures, though disturbing, is currently lower than that of 2018. “40 murders and 4 police shootings, if you look at it, compared to last year…ok, it is a little below. In 2018, for the same period, the island recorded 42 homicides.”

“That’s no comfort to us and as a matter of fact, one is too many. But like I said, the police are working very hard and if you notice the police are cracking quite a number of these matters and we have persons in custody who seem to have more than one shooting. So hopefully we will be able to solve quite a few of these homicides,” said Francis.

The controversial IMPACS Investigation, where a number of police officers who were part of an ad hoc task force were allegedly involved in the shooting deaths of 12 individuals during a 2010 – 2011 police-led initiative called Operation Restore Confidence (ORC), has had a significant impact on the country.

As a result of it, the United States withdrew its financial and human resource support to the Royal St Lucia Police Force until the responsible parties are brought to justice.

22-year-old Chakadan Daniel was found hanging from his cell at the Micoud Police Station after he was arrested for escaping lawful custody, assaulting a police officer and damaging property in 2013.

An inquest into the death of Chakadan Daniel has ruled that he was “unlawfully killed.”

Kimberly Williams De Leon, a 42-year-old mother of two, was shot and killed in her home at Chef Harry Drive, Morne Fortune on October 29th, 2018.

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