French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, has announced that discussions are ongoing with the authorities in Dominica towards signing an extradition treaty between the island and France.
Cazeneuve, who ended a three-day visit to Guadeloupe said Dominicans and persons of other nationalities who commit crimes in Guadeloupe should not be able to escape French justice by fleeing to their country to seek refuge, but should be repatriated to France to face the justice system.
The Prefet of Guadeloupe, Jacques Billiant is the one in charge of the discussions on behalf of the French government.
Cazeneuve Guadeloupe visited Guadeloupe upon the invitation of the President of the Regional Council, Ary Chalus.
The visit to the island was requested amidst the rise in crime and armed robbery affecting the island, making it one of the most violent departments in France.
The Interior Minister arrived on the evening of Friday, September 30th and left Monday, October 3.
Some of the highlights of the visit included him stating that his visit was to show support for the law officers of the island.
Cazeneuve said that 158 additional Police and Gendarmes will be sent to the department to boost the insufficient law officers who have been complaining for some years now of a shortage in manpower and equipment.
The Minister visited a number of Police and Gendarmes headquarters on the island. He also visited the family of Yohanne Equinoxe, the teen who was killed by another teen, who was born in Dominica, a few weeks ago for his cell phone.
Some of the equipment promised to the Police and Gendarmes are Bullet-proof vests, crash helmets and 11 new vehicles.
Cazeneuve also proposed to explore the possibility of installing video surveillance cameras in every Commune in Guadeloupe.
Since the beginning of the year, 29 persons have been killed violently, the latest one, a 17-year-old who was killed by a bullet in the head early Sunday morning at a birthday party in Basseterre.