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Por The Week Endilg August 7th 1976
ATTORNEY GENERAL DESaOND COHRISTINdf DjQRTED.
Last Tuesday afternoon (30d), Grenada's Guyana-boon Attorney General,
Mr Desmond Christian, who had just returned from Trinidad with a team
of tennis players, was forcibly taken from the Pbarls Airport
terminal building by- immigrtantn.-officers aid-polioe.,-d..x-- '.
placedeon a Lpeward IsIAnds AAMr Trahapart Limited (LIAT) flight
bound for Barbados.
This incident comes as a sequel to a series of events which took
place over the past three months beginning early in May when
Mr Christian was suspended from hia duties. At that time,
acting under Section 86 (8) of the Grenada Constitution, Prime
Minister Erio Gairy made the following charges against Mr Christian
who holds the pasts of Attorney General and Director of Public
(1) He went to Guyana while failing to make proper arrangements
for G6vernment's representation in the Nutmeg Issue which was
before the Court.
(2) He failed to pay telephone bills, thereby causing Government's
official phone to be disoAnnected.
(3)He used threatening gestures to the Prime Minister at Mt Royal
in the presence of Crown Council, Mr Lyle St.Paul, Minister of
Finance, Mr George Hosten, and Permanent Secretary in the Prime
Minister's Office, Mr Nolan Jacobs.
(4)He deceived Cabinet in the Clancy affair by informing the said
Cabinet that he had seen a warrant for Clancy's arrest in the
(5)He acted contrary to Cabinet's instructions -in the Clancy case.
In connection with charge number (5), it is reported that it was
against the wishes of Cabinet that Attorney General Christian laid
charges of forgery against Mr Eugene Zeek, alias John Clancy, an
American resident in Grenada and a fugitive from Justice in the
Arising from the charges laid by him against Mr Christian, Prime
Minister Gairy requested Governor General Sir Lep deGale to remove
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the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions from office
according to Section 86 (6) of the Grenade Constitution which states .that
"A person holding the office of Director of Public Prosecutions may
be removed from office only for inability to exercise the functions
of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind or any
other cause or for misbehaviour and shall not be so removed except
in accordance with the provisions of thief section"
In order to investigate the Prime Minister's charges, and in accordance
with provisions of the Grenada Canstitutior, the Governor General
appointed a Tribunal headed by Mr Justice Barrymore Renwick, resident
Puisne Judge of St.Luoia, and with him were associated Mr Justice Cecil
Egerton Hewlitt of the Montserrat and British Virgin Islands High Court,
and Mr Justice Archibald Nedd of the Grenada High Court.
This Tribunal commenced hearings on June 16th and concluded on June 21,st,
Attorney General Christian being represented by Mr Carol Bristol
assisted by Mr Allan Alexander of Trinidad. The case for the Prime
Minister was presented by Mr Ernest John who, in Mr Christian's
suspension, is Acting Attorney General.
The Tribunal has not yet reported and informed sources state that there
may be some delay in this connection as, on June 21st, Mr Christian filed
a writ in the High Court seeking an injunction to restrain the Tribunal
from reporting on one or more of the charges made against him.
This writ is to be heard in the Grenada High Court, but, Mr Justice Nedd,
being a member of the Tribunal, is debarred from hearing it. Another
Judge must be sought for this matter, but it is understood that pressure
of work makes it difficult to find a Judge who can come to Grenada in the
near future. This is holding up the hearing of the writ and,
consequently, the Report of the Tribunal.
First indication that Attorney General Christian would face increased
difficulties came last week end with news reports that he had been
decgred a prohibited alien by the Government of Grenada. These
reports said the Government of Trinidad & Tobago, LIAT and Mr Christian
had all been informed of this.
At that time, Mr Christian was in Trinidad with a team of tennis players
which left for that island omn Flt.day 30)ra *-y. A i'one tll' ?p.a tb
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him on Monday night (2nd) by NEWSLETI TL (the night hwrxqre be was due
to return home tdth the tUam), disclosed that, up to that time, he
had not been notified. Mr Christian -refused to make any comment
except to say, "I have had no official notification of any deportation
order against me and I intend to board the LIAT flight tomorrow. It
is my duty to return to Grenada.1"
This, Mr Christian did, but on arrival at Pe rls Airport, he was
notified by an Immigration Officer that he would not be allowed to
stay. This Immigration Officer (who refused to give NEWBLETTER
his name) invited the Attorney General to identify his baggage for
replacing on the plane and then to reboard the LIAT flight.
Mr Christian asked to be shown a copy of the Deportation Order and
was told by the Immigration Officer that he did not have this
document to show him. The Attorney General then obtained a pen
and a sheet of paper from a bystander, wrote out something and handed
it to the Immigration Offtcer saying, "This is my appeal against
the purportet Order against me and I have a right to have that appeal
heard before r Magistrate"
The Immigration Officer then retired to his office where he made or
attempted to make several telephone calls, and there were : .
consultations between him, other Immigration Officers, uniformed and
plain clothes policemen, LIAT officials and the Captain of the
aircraft. In the mean time, outward bound passengers, who had
already boarded the flight, were allowed to alight from th
sweltering plane and shelter from the sun in the shade of the wings.
During this period, too, NEWSLETTER was repeatedly warned by a
Sergeant of Police to stop taking photographs, and that he had the
power to confiscate NEWSEITTER'S camera and equipment.
It is not known who the Immigration Officer phoned, whether he did gse
in touch with anyone or what the result of his conversations was,
but he returned to the Attorney General, who was standing in the
lobby near the LIAT counter, and again requested Mr Christian to
board the plane.
This argument continued for over an hour, the Immigration Officer
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becoming more and more insistent that Attorney General Christian
should leave, while Mr Christian was equally insistent that he
would not leave until he had seen the Deportation ordc. Further,
Mr Christian said he would not leave until what he called his
"right to have the appeal heard by a Magistrate" had been satisfied,
Finally, in the presence of the considerable crowd which had gathered
to witness the drama, the Immigration Officer grasped the Attorney
General firmly by the hand. Then, with the assistance of three
uniformed policemen and two plain clothes men, he dragged Mr Christian
from the Airport terminal building in the direction of the waiting
plane. Mr Christian offered some resistance while in the
building, but, once outside, he walked quietly to the plane in the
grasp of the policemen.
The LIAT flight departed for Ba@bados a few minutes later, then
returned to Trinidad where Mr Christian deplaned. An informed
source in Trinidad aonfi emd by telephone to NEWSLETTER today (6th)
that Mr Christian is at "a secret location in Trinidad" -and that
he is conferring with his legal advisors as to possible action
to be taken against the Government of Grenada.
This week, legal sources described the action against the Attorney
General as "unusual". These sources say Grenada's Immigration
(Restriction) Ordinaace would seem to give Mr Christian protection
against such action as it states that "persons in the service of
the Government of Grenada" are not prohibited aliens for the
purposes of the Ordinance.
These legal sources also state that persons to be deported must
be given the grounds for deportation "in the prescribed form", and
the Ordinance also makes provision for an appeal to be made to
the Magistrate's Court and the Supreme Court. It is also stated,
say these legal sources, that no warrant shall be issued or
executed for deportation while such an appeal is pending.
Efforts to reach the Minister for Home Affairs or the Acting Attorney
General for comment have betn unsuccessful.
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LAW SOCIETY TO DISCUSS CiRISTI"A AFUfAR
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLETTER today (6th), Mr H B L
Haosten, President of the Grenada Law Society, said that a proposed
meeting of the Society to be held next week will discuss the recent
deportation of Grenada's Attorney General, Mr Desmond Christian.
Mr Hosten said that this meeting is not being called especially
to discuss the deportation. The Society was due to hold a
meeting about this time, but, said Mr Hosten, "the deportation
of Mr Christian has given some urgency to the matter."
The President of tie Law Society said it had not yet been possible
to find a date which would suit most members, but he hoped that the
meeting would be able to be held on Tuesday August 10th.
PUBLIC SERVICES ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE IN TRINIDAD
Mr Herbert James of the Grenada Civil Service Association, President
of the Caribbean Public Services Association, told NEWSLETTER
yesterday (5th) that the sixth annual conference of his Association
will be opened next week in Trinidad.
"One of the important aspects of this conference", said Mr James, "is
that, for the first time, the Issoclation will give consideration
to what has been referred to as 'Democratic Socialism'. The reason
for this is that several CARICOM Governments have been, themselves,
giving consideration to this subject, and it is essential that my
Association give thought to the impact this may have on public
Service unions in the various countries."
Mr James, who will deliver a Presidential address to the Conference,
said that the week-long meeting will be opened by President Clarke
of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, and Dr Eric Williams, Prime
Minister of Trinidad & Tobago will deliver the feature address.
Present at the Conference will be observers from the Bahamas, Surinam
and Curacao, and Mr James said he hoped that the Public Service
unions, in those countries would soon become full affiliates of hia
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JET AIR-FIELD FOR GRENADA (?)
Addressing the 15th Annual General Meeting of the Grenada Hotel
Association held at the Holiday Inn on July 28th, Senator Paul
Slinger, Minister for Tourism disclosed that Government is now
working on plans for a -et airfield in Grenada. "We in Government
have realized that air-communicationa is a major problem, and, to
this end, we are working very hard", said Senator Slinger.
Senator Slinger's disclosure came in the wake of comments made by
President of the: association, Mr Charles deGale, in his address to
the meeting. Mr deGale said that, although there had been
noticeable improvement in Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT)
service during the past Season, it was still far from attimfactory,
especially as far as reservations were concerned.
Mr dpGale said there w"a continual receipt of letters of complaint
about LIAT's service, and the island now faced the possible
termination..of the tour programme to the smaller islands, which
prograime is organized by Messrs Rankin Kuhn, one of the G~enada
Hotel Associations major producers of Summer and Winter business
from the United Kingdom.
According to Mr doQale, this termination is threatened because of
eubarrasement and financial losses caused by LIAT to Messrs Rankin Kuhn.
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On August 4th, the S 8 ."Geestland" loaded 21,276 boxes of bananas
weighing 651,433 lbs and valued at E4c65,143.00. There were 37
boxes of rejected fruit.
CRUISE LINER CALLS
During the week ending July 31st, only one cruise liner, the
"Amerikanis", called at Grenada. This was on July 28th, and
she carried 667 passengers. .
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