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THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER
&ar The Week Ending July 2hth 1976
BARRISTER EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER POLICE REINBTA=fENT8S
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today.(24th), Mr Kenriok
Radix, Barrister-at-law, expressed concern over the reinstatement
of certain policemen previously suspended and charged with brutality.
"The Laws of Grenada are clear", said Mr Raxix, "that Policemen must
have satisfactory proof of good character. The good character of
some of those taken back has been challenged while results of cases
in the Grenada courts have proved that two of the policemen recalled
to duty are totally unfit to be in the Force."
Referring to his notes of evidence, Mr Radix said that on December
5th 1975, on behalf of Mr Cecil Butler, he appeared in the St.Georges
Magistrate's Court where a complaint of omadang harm was laid against
Corporals Dennis Rush and Clinty Samuel, two of the policemen now
recalled to duty.
Butler's evidence was that he was taken to the Beaulieu Police
Station where his shirt was removed and, after his hands had been
tied behind his back, he was beaten with a gun butt and kicked when
he fell. The Defendants did not appear in Court and, in their
absence, Magistrate Lloyd St.Louis found them guilty.
Rush and Clinty took the matter to the Court of Appeal but, when
the case was heard before their Lordships Peterkin, Davis and
St.Bernard on 24th May 1976, the Magistrate'e conviction against
the Defendants was upheld. Mr Radix said he was at a loss to
understand how these two policemen could be recalled to duty in
the face of these convictions against them.
Mr Ra&ix said also that, at the same Police Station, Beaulimu,
Mr Elsworth Dick is alleged to have been beaten on October 13th 1975
by policemen Dennis Rush, Frank Thompson, Joseph Andrews, Clinty
Samuel and Michael Charles. Appearing for Dick, Mr Radix said
he and his client had an interview with the then Commissioner of
Police, Mr Jones Usen, who ordered the immediate arrest of these
policemen. However, they were not arrested but were summoned to
appear in the St.Georges Magistrate's Court on 7$h November 1975.
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After a series of adjournment, said Mr Radix, the matter appears
to have died when, on 10th May 1976, the Police Prosecutor, Sergeant
Stanislaus, advised the Magistrate that his "superiors" had instructed
him not to proceed.
Concerning yet another incident at the Beauiet t police Station,
Mr Radix said that on August 20th 1975, Mr Martin Decoteau is alleged
to have been branded with a hot poker by Corporals Rush and Andrews
and by Zephrin Cuffy, a member of the Grenada Volunteer Corps.
"This case was first called on October 5th 1975", said Mr Radix,
"and there have been multiple adjournments since. I have no idea
when it will be heard."
Contacted on the telephone today (24th), Acting Commissioner of
Police Adonis Francis was asked to comment on the reinstatement
of Corpora2s Rush and Samue4 who were convicted of causing harm
to Cecil Butler at the Beauleau Police Station on December 5th
1975. "Before going further", said Commissioner Francis, "I
have no comment to make on this."
"TORCHLIGHT" PROTESTS GOVERNMENT'S TREATMENT
In a front page editorial on Sunday 18th July, the Grenada "Torchlight"
newspaper complained of the Grenada Government's "absolute ban" on
According to the editorial, the Manager/Editor, Mr Albert Xavier,
wrote Prime Minister Gairy on June 16th asking for an interview
and stating that the request was made "as a result of the apparent
breakdown in the lines of communication between your Government
and this medium of information."
The letter to Mr Gairy listed the following matters on which the
requested interview would be based :-
"(a) The unwillingness of Government spokesmen to give
information to us
(b) Grenada's position relative to the demand among some
other Eastern Caribbean countries for a change in our
(c) The true story surrounding the alleged threat on your life.
(d) The total ban on this newspaper of Government advertisements
(e) and such general subjects as may be current at the time
of this interview."
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The editorig. stated that "the official attitude has now spread to
the judiciary. We can no longer report on public documents
filed in the Registry of the Court since we are debarred from
perusing those documents. We are aware that this ban is wrong
but we do not have the wherewithal to challenge it before the Court.
Our only hope is that the Court itself will come to our rescue and
ensure that the individual's right to the free access of public
documents is preserved."
Mr Xavier advised NEWSLETTER today (24th) that he has had no reply
to his letter to Prime Minister Gairy.
BOUNDARIES COMMISSION NAMED
Acting in accordance with provisions of the Grenada Constitution,
Governar-General Sir Leo DeGale has appointed the Constituency
Boundaries Commission acting on the advice of Prime Minister
Gairy and the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Herbert Blaize.
The Government Gazette of July 9th states that Measers Ben Davis,
businessman, and Neville Rennie, land surveyors have been appointed
on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. Those appointed on
the recommendation of the Leader of the Opposition are Messrs
Raymond Millet, land surveyor, and Sydney Ambrose, landed propwtetor.
Mr Allison Reason, Speaker of the House of Representatives, is
ex officio Chairman of the Commission.
According to the Grenada Constitution, the Commission shall review
the constituences into which Grenada is divided and make such
recommendations to the Governer General as it sees fit. The
island now has 15 constituencies.
CHAMBER CONSIDERS NEW CURRENCY LINK
At an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Grenada Chamber of
Commerce held on Monday 19th July, consideration was given to
possible repercussions on the economy caused by the break of the
East Caribbean Currency with Sterling, and the new fixed parity of
EC$2.70 to the US$1.00.
One of the background papers before the meeting was a memorandum
prepared by Mr C F Toppin, Managing Director of the local firm of
Mesesrs Jonas Browne & Hubbard Ltd, and, in this memorandum,
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Mr Toppin says that ".....it would seem as if the Grenadian economy,
at the present time, could have afforded a figure of Ec52.50 to the
US Dollar sinco Grenada, on the overall, appears to have a marginally
favourable balance of payments."
In support of this, the memorandum quotes the following figures for 1975:-
Domestic Exports (Produce) EC$25,888,102.00
Other Exports 1,027,336.00
*Invisible Exports. (mainly Tourism) 17,000,000.00
*Remittances from abroad 10,000,000.00
*Grants and Aid 6.000,000.00
*Invisible Imports 4,000.00.00 56.818.000.00
Pavoaurable balance :- EC$ 3,097,438.00
Concerning the above figures, Mr Toppin noted that those marked with
an asterisk "are estimated as no definite figures are available", and
he warns that "remittances, grants and aid are items of revenue which
may not be of a permanent nature and, in planning for the future, these
items must, to some extent, be discounted."
The memorandum is critical of statements made by the Agricultural
Comiaunity as to the adverse effect revaluation would have on the
Agricultural Industry. "Examination of the factt, saya the
memorandum, "does not support their contention. Agricultural
exports accounted for 49% of our import bill and a revaluation based
on EC#2.50 to the US$1.O0 would have meant a decrease in the value of
our agricultural exports, at their present value, of EC$1,915,712.00,
and of our imports of E0C3,908,532.00. The possibility of Grenada
being able to increase export prices for nutmegs and cocoa is real, so
that actual loss on exports could be much less. It should be noted,
also, that in 1972 the total value of agricultural exports was
EC$9,954,581.00 as against ECB25,888,102.00 in 1975. or an increase of
260Cq. It is very doubtful if any industry or commercial undertaking
has, during the same period, attained even half of this growth rate."
Mr Toppin's memorandum concludes by saying that the regional picture is
"obscure", and he suggests that Chambers of Commerce "should press for
technical studies and reports to be made public so that the position
and stand of the East Caribbean Currency Authority may be examined and
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CRUISE LINER CALLS.
According to figures given by the Grenada Tourist Board, one cruise
liner called at Grenada during the week ending July 17th. This was
the "Amerikania" which berthed on July 14th with 581 passengers.
On July 15th, the 8 8 "Geestoreet" loaded 19,266 boxes of bananas
weighing 583,421 lbs and valued at EC058,342.00. There were 163 boxes
of rejected fruit. On July 20th, 8 S "Geestide" loaded 23,932 boxes
weighing 727,762 ibs and valued at EC072,776.00. At this loading, 200
boxes were rejected. (48 words)
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