Alister Hughes 27th February, 1975
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41'k THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
For wek 1Pnding Lst March 0
Reliable sources disclosed today that the Report of the Luffus
Commission of Inquiry will be in the hands of Grenada's Governor
General, Sir Leo DeGale,on Friday 28th February. Last
Tuesday (25th) the Secretary of the Commission, Mr Maudsley James,
left Grenada by LIAT for an undisclosed destination, but it is
understood that Mr James went to Jamaica, where together with the
Commissioners, he signed the Report and will return to Grenada
with it tomorrow (28th).
The Duffus Commission of Inquiry was appointed in December 1973 by
Dame Hilda Uynoe who was then Governor of Grenada, and the
Commission was given the following terms of reference:-
To inquire into
(1) Whether or not any incidents occurred during the .period January
1st 1973 to November 30th 1973 from whicki a finding can be made by
the Commission as to whether or not there has been any breakdown
of law and order in the State, and whether or not there has been
any infringement of constitutional rights, with particular
reference to the operation of the Police Force and the Police Aids
and the Magistracy during the aforesaid period.
(2) All the circumstances leading up to the arrest and charging of
six persons on Sunday November 18 1973.
(3) The alleged brutality by the Police and the alleged denial of
prompt medical and legal assistance to the arrested persons.
(4) The refusal by the magistrate to grant bail.
(5) The administration of justice in the State.
And, to report and make recommendations thereon.
Alis t er Hughes
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The Commission which comprised Sir Herbert Duffup, ex-Chief Justice
of Jamaica (Chairman), Mr Aubrey Fraser, Director of Legal Studies
at the University of the West Indies, and fRoman Catholic
Archbishop of Jamaica, Samuel Carter, first began public hearings
in Grenada on December 17thl973, adjourned on December 21st and
reconvened on January 3rd 1974, The Commission adjourned again
on January9th, "to a date to be fixed", and did not resume hearings
again until April 20th, finally concluding on May 16th after a
"limited public hearing" at Holiday Inn where Prime Minister Gairy
testified on oath for some 13 hours over a two day period.
During the Commission's recess which began on January 9th, certain
incidents took place (chief of which was the "Bloody Monday"
incident of January 21st), and when the Commissioners sat again
on April 20th, on the application of the New Jewel Movement, and
with the approval of the Governor General, item (1) of the terms
of reference was amended to extend the period under investigation
to January 26th 1974.
Legal appearances before the Commission were Senator Derek Knight
for the Government of Grenada, Mr Edwin Heyliger for the Committee
of 22, iiessrs Lloyd Noel, Kenrick Radix and Maurice Bishop for
the New Jewel Movement, Mr Michael Sylvester for certain interested
parties and Mr Theodore Guerra of Trinidad for Assistant
Superintendent of Police Innocent Belmar.
GOVERNMENT NOW PREPARED
Speaking at a meeting of the House of Representatives held on
February 21st, Prime Minister Gairy said that, while his
Government and the Police might have been caught unawares some
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months ago, they were now fully prepared to take care of any type
of reaction or trouble that might arise.
Mr Gairy was, at the time supporting the passage of the Public
Order (Amendment) Act 1975 which was introduced by the Minister
of Finance, Hiir George Hosten, and taken through all its stages
and passed at the same meeting,
This Act, which rescinds the Public Order (Amendment) Act passed
last year, incorporates the provision of the 1974 Act which
prohibits the use of loudspeakers for any purpose whatsoever,
without prior permission from the Commissioner of Police.
Applications for permission must be addressed to the Commissioner
at least three days prior to the date of intended use of the
loudspeaker, and the application must state the names of the
persons who will operate it, the purpose, place and time of such
use and the text of the publication in the case of advertisements
of any sort.
The new Act, however, goes beyond control of the use of loudspeakers
and requires that any person or organisation intending to hold a
march or demonstration anywhere in Grenada, must get the approval
of the Commissioner of Police. As in the case of loudspeakers,
application for permission to hold a march or demonstration must
be addressed to the Commissioner at least three days in advance,
and the Commissioner must be told the names and addresses of the
org.rnis',, the purpose of the march, the approximate hours when
the d_,onstr;ation will begin and end, and the route it will take.
Under: the Act, the Commissioner may refuse the application or, in
his absolute discretion, prescribe such terms and conditions for
its (jrant as he may think fit, and this includes altering the
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route of the march. Anyone contravening tht provisions of this
Act may be arrested without warrant, and convictions carry a
maximum penalty of two thousand dollars or a two year jail term,
or both the fine and imprisonment6
Following on passage, by the House of Representatives, of the
Telecommunications Overseas (Surcharge) Act, all cables, overseas
phone calls and telex messages emanating from Grenada will now
cost lO. more.
This Bill, which was passed by a sitting of the House on February
21st was piloted by the Minister of Finance, Mr George Hosten,
and it makes provision that the additional charge must be
collected by Cable & Wireless (W.I) Ltd (C & W) and paid over to
Cable and Telex services in Grenada are operated by C & W while
overseas telephone calls are handled jointly by C & W and
Messrs.Grenada Telephone Co. Ltd., bills for phone calls being
collected by the Telephone Company.
There has been some speculation as to how C & W will be able to
comply with the provisions of this law, in that the Company has
no dealing with phone bills, and it is felt that the Act may
have to be amended on this point. There is concern too over
the application of the surcharge to"collect"phone calls
emanating from Grenada, and to cables and telex messages paid for
through credit cards.
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Speaking on the Bill, Prime Minister Gairy said the surcharge
will not affect the "little man" who uses 8V stamps to communicate
abroad (this rate has recently been increased to 151), but the
additional 10/o tax was designed for persons who use the telephone,
telex and cable facilities, people who could pay.
At about 11.45 am on Wednesday 26th, the cruise liner "Amerikanis"
lost a member of her crew overboard at a point about 30 miles west
The man, Mr Ciriaco Fernandes, aged 36 and of Indian nationality
is reported to have been dumping garbage overboard when the
incident happened, but, although the ship circled the area for
some four hours, he was not seen again,
The "Amerikanis" of the Chandris America Lines,operates a
weekly cruise with some 600 passengers, commencing at Puerto Rico
and calling at Curacao, La Guira, Grenada, Guadeloupe, and
2h AlFebruaryr 197ughes
27th February, 1975