CASTRIES – The Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Minister Senator Honourable Hermingild Francis has been reacting to a recent death threat with a calm composure.
The death threat was conveyed to him via letter.
Minister Francis has described this action by the person or persons involved as very unfortunate.
The Minister, who is also a former Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, says he will continue to undertake his duties with renewed determination.
“I will not abandon my responsibilities as National Security Minister. I have always dedicated myself to the fight against crime. I did it as a police officer and now I am doing so in another capacity. We have a situation which is very serious and disturbing on our hands, and the Government is seeking to address it in a decisive manner. We cannot ignore it.”
He says that any pronouncements he makes where crime fighting is concerned, is also enshrined in the Constitution of the country.
“Whenever I take a position on an issue that deals with law enforcement, crime or public safety, it is related to what obtains in our laws. If I take a position on Capital Punishment for example, it is a position that is enshrined in or supported by the Constitution. I don’t simply subscribe to my personal opinions. So persons, who feel sufficiently uncomfortable about some of the things I have said, and feel they should engage in issuing threats, should take a look at the laws of the country.”
Minister Francis has been outspoken about his dissatisfaction with the number of homicides the island has recorded thus far.
The number of homicides recorded by Police to date, the Minister says, speaks to a sense of immediacy for crime fighting interventions to be implemented or strengthened on several fronts, along with the involvement of multiple stakeholders.
To this end, the Minister for National Security Honourable Hermingild Francis has announced that a one – day national consultation on crime is being organized under the aegis of his ministry.
This forum, he says will seek to harness the ideas of people who hold the country’s best interests at heart. He says the consultation will examine existing challenges and propose new solutions to address criminality as a nation.