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Police Commissioner Vernon Francois has responded forcefully to damning claims made by the Gobat Family in the British Press regarding the death of Oliver Gobat.

The response came following a reviewed of the article captioned “Death in Paradise: Parents of millionaire hotelier found ‘executed’ in his burned out  Range Rover  fear corrupt Saint Lucia  police were in on murder mystery”.

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force calls upon the Gobat family to provide evidence of the “probability” of Police corruption in this matter. Alternatively, they should publicly retract their allegations and proffer an apology to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

Commissioner of Police Mr. Vernon Francois in responding to the damning article remarked that investigators have diligently investigated this matter and continue to pursue all possible leads.

Mr Francois remarked that during a meeting convened with the Gobat family and members of the investigative team on Wednesday, January 07, 2015, there was absolutely no suggestion from the family of the “probability” of corruption on the part of the Police or that Police had played a role in the commissioning of this crime”.

The Commissioner of Police categorically denies any suggestion of “ineptitude” on the part of police officers, as it relates to the movement of the burnt out vehicle.  He asserts that it was a judgment call on the part of the investigators on the crime scene.

Despite the pronouncements from the Gobat family, the commissioner stressed that the Force is committed to fulfilling its legal responsibility to diligently investigate and pursue every possible lead in the matter.
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