United States Em­bassy Helps With On­go­ing Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Re­vamp­ing Process

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

It is truly a plea­sure to be back in Saint Lu­cia, a coun­try with which the United States en­joys ex­cel­lent and pro­duc­tive re­la­tions. I thank Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet and Direc­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Greene for their friend­ship, col­lab­o­ra­tion on top­ics of mu­tual in­ter­est and com­mit­ment to pub­lic ser­vice.” U.S. Am­bas­sador to Bar­ba­dos and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela, opened her ad­dress with those state­ments dur­ing a short cer­e­mony to present equip­ment to Saint Lu­cia’s Crown Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice. Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet and DPP Daarsrean Greene at­tended the meet­ing on Thurs­day April 6, 2017 as well as mem­bers of the U.S. Em­bassy to the Eastern Caribbean and mem­bers of Saint Lu­cia’s Jus­tice Depart­ment. “The United States and the Em­bassy look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our long-last­ing re­la­tion­ship and part­ner­ship with Saint Lu­cia and to mak­ing the coun­try stronger, safer and more pros­per­ous.”

The do­na­tions from the United States are worth ap­prox­i­mately EC$100,000. The am­bas­sador noted that this equip­ment is meant to pro­vide prose­cu­tors and staff with re­sources to work “ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently”. She em­pha­sized her sat­is­fac­tion with the work of DPP Daarsrean Greene thus far in his ten­ure at the of­fice. “He de­serves our col­lec­tive sup­port to en­sure that law and or­der pre­vails in Saint Lu­cia,” she said, “This equip­ment rep­re­sents a vote of con­fi­dence by the Govern­ment of the United States for his good ef­forts. We are pre­par­ing sim­i­lar do­na­tions to the Saint Lu­cia High Court and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court which sits here in Saint Lu­cia.”

Ac­cord­ing to the am­bas­sador, train­ing has been im­ple­mented with mem­bers of the is­land’s jus­tice depart­ment and the equip­ment do­nated is meant to phys­i­cally com­ple­ment the work al­ready be­ing done. The joint United States-United King­dom Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Ad­vi­sor, Sarah Abra­ham, will be con­tin­u­ously work­ing with Saint Lu­cian au­thor­i­ties to mod­ern­ize and stream­line present crim­i­nal jus­tice pro­ce­dures.

Prime Min­is­ter Allen Chas­tanet wel­comed Am­bas­sador Taglialatela to Saint Lu­cia once again and thanked her and the United States on be­half of the Govern­ment. He also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for DPP Greene and “the ex­cel­lent work he has been do­ing over the past cou­ple of months”. The prime min­is­ter also com­mended the Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion depart­ment on cases that have re­cently been re­solved. He de­scribed the do­na­tion as a turn­ing point for Saint Lu­cia and noted that it sym­bol­izes that the is­land does not have to face prob­lems of a crim­i­nal na­ture on its own, that there are other peo­ple in­ter­ested in our per­for­mance and the wel­fare of our cit­i­zens. “There is no one mag­i­cal so­lu­tion or sil­ver bul­let that is all of a sud­den re­mark­ably go­ing to re­solve the prob­lems that we have in crime in our coun­try. The first thing we did was to take con­trol of the things that we can con­trol. We’ve in­di­cated that the ju­di­cial sys­tem is ob­jec­tive num­ber one. There’s no point in hav­ing the po­lice­men ap­pre­hend­ing any­one if we don’t have the abil­ity of be­ing able to con­vict any­one.”

DPP Daarsrean Greene also thanked Am­bas­sador Taglialatela and the United States for their con­tri­bu­tion to his depart­ment and the bet­ter­ment of Saint Lu­cia’s pros­e­cu­tions. He said that the equip­ment would be put to full use im­me­di­ately. The con­tri­bu­tion in­cludes 28 desk­top com­put­ers, 12 lap­tops, eight print­ers, two scan­ners and 24 fil­ing cab­i­nets.

Prime Min­is­ter Chas­tanet took the op­por­tu­nity to high­light other plans of his govern­ment in­clud­ing im­prov­ing the col­lec­tion of ev­i­dence and more up­dates on Saint Lu­cia’s Foren­sics Lab as op­posed to con­tin­u­ous out­sourc­ing. He ad­dressed the DPP and the depart­ment say­ing, “I want to say to him and his team that the Min­istry of Fi­nance will sup­port his ef­forts in mak­ing sure that the so­lu­tion for a Foren­sic Lab will be a home­grown so­lu­tion.”

Chas­tanet also men­tioned plans to “beef up” the is­land’s po­lice force by pri­or­i­tiz­ing new Bor­der Con­trol.

Left: U.S. Am­bas­sador to Bar­ba­dos and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela. Right: Direc­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions Daarsrean Greene.

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