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Minister denies receiving report from Ja investigators

Published:Friday | July 11, 2014 | 7:00 AM

CASTRIES (CMC):

National Security Minister Victor La Corbiniere has denied 'rumours' that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have submitted a report on their investigation into alleged extrajudicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF).

Last year, the government of St Lucia enlisted the help of the Jamaican police to investigate the RSLPF. This came on the heels of the United States withdrawing security-related assistance after claims of human-rights violations.

On Wednesday, La Corbiniere dismissed suggestions that the JCF report, which some say is long overdue, has been tendered as 'absolutely untrue'.

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"When the report is received, at the appropriate time, it will go to the appropriate places and there will be appropriate disclosure, but I can say to you that the report is not here ... . The report is just not in St Lucia," the minister declared.

In August 2013, the United States suspended all forms of assistance to the RSLPF, citing allegations of serious human-rights violations.

"The Department of State has made a policy decision to withdraw training and material assistance to the Royal St Lucia Police Force because of credible allegations of gross human-rights violations," the US State Department said in a statement at that time.

This was also acknowledged by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony in a nationwide radio and television broadcast.

As a result, Police Commissioner Vernon Francois was prevented from travelling to the US to represent the Regional Security Service at a conference of black police chiefs.