The Grenada newsletter


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The Grenada newsletter
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v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
twenty no. a year
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Began in 1973.
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Description based on surrogate of: Vol. 11, no. 1 (Jan. 22, 1983); title from caption.

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Alister Hughes 4th April, 1975
P 0 Box 65
St. George's


For week ending April 5


Assistant Superintendent of Police Innocent Belmar is to be retired

from the Royal Grenada Police Force. This was disclosed by

Prime Minister Gairy in a national broadcast over Radio Grenada

on Monday March 31st.

In that broadcast, Mr Gairy revealed the text of a White Paper

setting out his Government's reaction to the Report of the Duffus

Commission of Inquiry into the breakdown of law and order end

Police brutality in Grenada. The Commissioners, (Sir Herbert

Duffus, Mr Aubrey Fraser and Archbishop Samuel Carter of Jamaica),

came to the conclusion that Mr Belmar's acts "were those of a

megalomaniac", and they recommended that "he be removed from

office in the Police Force and be precluded from holding any office

in the Public Service, and that the Public Service Commission be

requested to take the necessary steps to implement this

recommendation forthwith".


As disclosed by Mr Gairy, Government's White Paper "acknowledges

the right of the Commissioners to recommend to the appropriate

Service Authority that an inquiry be made into the conduct of a

public officer with a view to disciplinary action being taken.

Government does not, however, accept the right of any one to

predetermine what disciplinary action such Service Authority

should take after appropriate inquiry". According to the White

Paper, the recommendation of the Commissioners "purports to be a

directive to the Public Service Commission in a matter exclusively

within the latter's jurisdiction, and Government, therefore, is

unable to accept this recommendation in its entirety".

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The White Paper says, however, that "Government will not persue

this matter any further since ASP Belmar has applied to the Public

Service Commission who has agreed that ASP Belmar be retired in

Public interest".

Later in his broadcast, Mr Gairy said that foremost in the minds

of "those who started the trouble", were to "get rid of Eric

Matthew Gairy", to "overthrow the Government", to "stop Grenada

from getting independence" and to "get rid of Belmar by whatever

means convenient or, at least, to remove him from the Police Force".

"I suppose Belmar's retirement from the Police Force will satisfy

the ego and aspirations of a few", continued Mr Gairy, "but,

remember that we are all Grenadians and we must view our country

as one nation, and, the nation is losing what I consider to be

the best policeman that Grenada has seen and known for a long time".

The Prime Minister said Mr Belmar had indicated to him that he

might get involved in service to the people through the trade union

movement and, possibly, in politics. "I am sure", said

Mr Gairy, "he would be most welcomed in these fields".

No Basis

Referring to the recommendation that the Police Aides be disbanded,

the White Paper says that, in accordance with an undertaking given

by the Prime Minister, this has already been done. Referring

to the comment of the Commissioners that they seriously question

the advisability or necessity of the establishment of another

auxiliary arm of the regular Police Force a so-called "Field

Force" or "Defence Force", "especially when it is known that

former Police Aides are now members of this Defence Force", the

Government White Paper says, "the Commissioners went out of their

way to comment on the advisability of establishing an auxiliary

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arm of the Regular Police Force". "This question, "says the

White Paper", was not within their terms of reference, nor their

competence. The issue was never raised before the Commissioners,

therefore, there was no basis for such comment".

Other information revealed by the White Paper is that Government

accepts the Duffus recommendations with reference to the

re-organisation of the Police Force and including the matters of

recruitment, training and the appointment of the Commissioner.

It was revealed that Nigeria had agreed to supply two senior

Police Officers to fill the positions of Commissioner and

Assistant Commissioner of Police.

On the issue of the administration of the Police, the Commissioners

recommend that this be left in the hands of the Commissioner of

Police and there ought not to be any interference with him in the

performance of his functions as laid down by the law. The

White Paper says this is in keeping with existing policy and

practice, and is, therefore accepted.


Government has accepted the recommendation of the Commissioners

that the conduct of Acting Inspector of Police David Andrews,

and Magistrates Irvin Duncan and Lloyd St. Louis be enquired into,

but, in the case of Mr Nolan Jacobs, Solicitor-General, the White

Paper says he has been transferred to the Prime Minister's office,

and the recommendation that Mr Jacob's conduct be investigated

"is no longer relevant".

Government has accepted the recommendation that criminal charges

pending before the Courts be dealt with speedily, but have rejected

the recommendation that there be an enquiry into losses sustained

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as a result of looting by Police Aides and others, this inquiry

with a view to payment of compensation by Government. According

to the White Paper, this recommendation is completely outside the

terms of reference. "Further", says the White Paper, "Government

does not accept that the findings of the Commissioners in this

respect were sufficient on which to base such recommendation,

Government considers that matters such as these are more

appropriately dealt with by the Court of Justice".

Elections 1977

Mr Gairy assured his listeners that there would no General Elections

until 1977. "It is insuperably stupid to conceive for a moment",

the Prime Minister said, "that any Government with 14 out of 15

elected seats would abandon its responsibilities to the nation in

order to satisfy the selfish aims of a few misguided persons

dragged into a current of emotion and excitement. Parliament

must be dissolved on or about February 27th 1977 and elections

held within 90 days after dissolution which will take us up to,

or about May 1977. General Elections will not be before

May 1977".

Mr Gairy said what Grenada needed was a "sense of better

understanding among our people and so we should all pray, 'Lord,

make us instruments of thy peace .......'"
(986 Words)


At its Annual General Meeting held today (3rd) the Grenada

Chamber of Commerce created history by electing the youngest

President ever to head the organisation.

Twenty-three year old Mr Lydon Ramdhanny was elected to fill the

post for the 1973/74 term, and, in an exclusive interview with

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NEWSLETTER, Mr Ramdhanny said his principal objective during his

term of office was to give of his best to the Chamber and the

national interest.


Mr Ramdhanny emphasised service to the "national interest", and

said, "Today, there is so much selfish effort, so much activity

for partisan reasons, that there is, indeed, no real progress


With reference to the Grenada Government, Mr Ramdhanny said the

Chamber was disappointed that no action had followed much talk

by Government of "working together" for the development of

Grenada. "My chamber stands willing and ready to participate

in proper constructive economic planning for the country", he

said, "and it must be hoped that Government will soon show more

sincerity in its declared policy of rebuilding our shattered


(169 Words)


"Domani" sailed by owner/skipper Sydney Knox was the winner of

the annual Trinidad-Grenada yacht race which started from

Port-of-Sepin harbour on Thursday March 27th.

First across the finishing line was another Trinidad boat, the

catamaran "Nancy Jane" sailed by Roy Richardson, but, on corrected

time, "Domz'ni' was adjudged both the winner of the overall race

and the winner of the Class "A" boats.

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Seventeen boats took part in the race which is for the "Girl Pat"

Trophy, and results are, in the overall race, "Domani" first,

"Sweet Luv" second and "Rosemary V" third. In the "A" class,

first was "Domani", second "Rosemary V" and third "Bewitched".

Results in the "B" class are "Sweet Luv" first, "Lisa" second

and "Groovin" third.

The trophy for this race, which was inaugurated in 1961, was

presented by an American, Mrs Bella Leverson, the owner of the

yacht "Girl Pat".

(147 words)

4th April, 1975

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