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The Grenada newsletter
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 36 cm.
A. & C. Hughes
Place of Publication:
St. George's, Grenada, West Indies
Publication Date:
twenty no. a year
completely irregular


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Dates or Sequential Designation:
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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Mr Desmond Christian, Grenada's Guyana-born Attorney General and
Director of Public Prosecution, will not be removed from office on
the charges laid against him last May by Prime Minister Erio Gairy.

According to a release over Radio Grenada yesterday (13th), the
Report of the Tribunal appointed by Governor General Sir Leo deGQle
to investigate Mr Gairy's charges recommended that ;Ar Desmond
Christian should not be removed from office". The release said
that, as a result of this, the Cabinet Secretary sent a cable to
Mr Christian reading, "In the light of the Tribunal's Report you
are now free to re-enter Grenada to resume your duties."

she Radio Grenada release said further that Prime Minister Gairy
had commented as follows. "Although the decision of the Tribunal
is disappointing and may appear dramatic, one cannot ignore it. We
have to accept it. In fact, we of the Government of Grenada are
too well disciplined, particularly in the observanoe of law and order,
to do anything else but to accept the Tribinal's Report in good faith
and good spirit. One must also remember that the Tribunal
comprised man of the highest integrity. The door of Grenada are
therefore wide open again for Mr Deemond Christian to enter".

ir Gairy went on to say, "Of course, Mr Christian is supposed to be
an intelligent person. He knows that Grenada belongs to
Grenadians both by birth and adoption, and he also knows that he's
coming back to work for the Government of Grenada and not vice
versa. A: Attcrney General, he takes his instructions from me
as Prime Minister and from the Cabinet as the case may be."

Against the background of one of the charges made by the Prime
Minister against the Attorney General and Director of Public
prosecutions ( that he "aoted.odntrary to Cabinet's instructions"
in the prosecution of Mr Rugene Zeek, a fugitive from justice in
the United States), observers view as significant Mr Gairy's
statement that Mr Christian, "as Attorney General", takes
instructions from the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

Alister Hushes
THt GREADA 10JW8LTTER r.oe Ending 14.8.76
According to the Grenada onastitutioz, the office of Attorne General
may be held by either a Publtc Jervant or a politician, and the
holder is "the principal legal advisor to the Government of Grenada".
When the office is hold by a Public Servant, the holder may be

appointed also to the office of Director of Public Proseentions,
and thee dual posts are now held by ar Christian.

Observers state that the Prime Minister's comr-entc concerning the
taking of instructions by the Attorney General may be valid, but
according to the Grenada Constitution, in the execution of his
duties as Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Christian "shall
not be subject to the direction or control of any other person
or authority."

In the case of Mr Christian's piroeoution of zeek, he was acting
as Director of Publio Proseoutions, not subject to direction or
control, and should not have been given any instructions by
Cabinet in the matter. Observer. feel that further diffiouLties
may lie ahead in the confrontation of Prime Minister Gairy with
Mr Christian as Attorney General/DArector of Public Prosecutions.

A reliable source stated that .ir Christian is now in Trinidad but
it could not be ascertained when/if he was returning to Grenada,
or whether he was pursuing his stated intention of taking action
against the Government of Grenade for deporting him.
(5b9 words)
At a meeting of the Grenada Law Society held on Thursday (12th),
a Resolution was passed registering "strong protest against the
manner and grossness of the police action taken against Mr -eeadnd
Christian, the Attorney General of the State of arenada, at Pearls
Airport on 3rd inst, and denounoes all such actions tending to
undermine the concept of the Rule of Law."

Referring to the deportation of Mr Christian, a Statement issued
by the Society says, "assuming but not admitting that there might
have been sny justifoication for the deportation, the Grenada Law
Society nevertheless d8olores the disgraceful and gross action of
the police directed against the highest legal officer of the State."

Alister Hughes

"In these oircumstanoes", continues the Statement, "the Law Society

resolved to register its strong protest against the manner of. tha
expulsion and deportation of the Attorney General of Grenada,

tending as it did to bring him into disgrace, ridicule and contempt
in the presence of a considerable number of persons at the airport,
and it was further resolved to forward this resolution to the
Governor of the State, the Organisation of the Commonwealth
Caribbean Bar Association, the Cbhie Justice of Grenada and the

Associated States and the news media."
(203 words)
The Caribbean Public Servants Conference held in Trinidad this
week has expressed concern over the deportation from Grenada on
August 3rd of the State's Attorney General, Guyana-born Mr Desmond

atr Norman Sample, President of the Guyana Public Service Association
and leader of that country's delegation to the Cooference sought
unsuccessfully to have the matter of Mr Christian's deportation
included as an item on the Conference Agenda. It was explained

by Mr Herbert James of the Grenada Civil Service Association and
President of the Caribbean Public Services Association that the
Agenda was fixed at an Executive meeting immediately prior to the

Conference, and no additions were permitted. Mr Semple was told,
however, that Mr Christian's deportation could be raised under the
COnference agenda head of "other business".

This matter was raised as suggested and, following a lengthy debate,

the Conference recorded its concern over the treatment mated out
to Mr Christian.
(139 words)

The British Government has been fooling Grenadiase with their roads

and bridges programme. This statement was attributed to Prime
Minister Gairy in a special announcement over Radio Grenada on
Friday 13th.

According to the announcement, Mr Gairy said that, following a
serious motor accident about five yearn ag* -the British Gov
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Alister Hughes
THE GREIADLA EWBL"ETER Week Leading 14.8.76

had said they paid half a million pounds to a jiritah firm of
engineers to make a survey of Grenada a reds and bridges requirements.
"This wae done a long time ago", said the Prime Mirieter, "and since
then, it's simply paper work and more paper work but no actual
repairs to our roads and bridges has been tao.en on." "We cannot
be fooled cny longer", continued ir Gairy, ,,renadians are not
lazy people".

The .nnounoement said that, commencing next week, the Prime oiinister
would lead an "attack" on the State's road at the head of a
contingent of some three h.nidr~ed mean ade up from the Grenada

Military PFrce, the Police Training College, the A-ricu.ltural
Farms, the Oommunity Builders Movement and volunteers.

According to the announcement, t~r Gairy indicated that a ahorta6e
of colas and cement was responsible for the fact that more road
repairs were not being done, and, referring to the "shut-down" of
Gren la and protest demonstrations against police brutality which
took place in January 1974, the Prime Minister said, "Were it not
for tie 'Jewel' crisis 21 years ago, Greiada could have had its own
cemen- factory and by now we could have had all the cement required
for cur use in Gren:.da and shipping to other islands. Besides
which, there would have been a number of young people employed in
the oaennt factory."

Continuing, Mr Oairy said, "The behaviour of the Jewel Movement and
the Opposition as a whole has caused many industrialists and other
businessmen and investors to steer clear of Grenada over the last
2j years and to establish businesses in other territories. The
*e6el and other fact ne of the Opposttio: Lave caused immeasurable
damage to our econom*Land to our young people."

The announcement said, "The .'rime Minister feels that, because of
the behaviour of the British, it is in Grenada's Intereat to make
as many friend as possible with the Latin Aeotican countries, the
African countries and the Arab countries." "Grenada, he says",
concludes the announcement, "under the protection and guidance and
inspiration of the supreme Master would continue to forge ahead,
regardless of its size, regardless of its limited resources,
regardless of its internal enemies". (/2) wordS)
-0-o-0-0-0-0-o-o-r- (423 words)

Alister Hughes
THE GRJ2ADA NEWSLETTER Week S-ding 14.6.76

In an exokusivs interview with iL -L LUTTLR this week, Mr Leslie Seon,
President of the Grenada Prose A soriration, expressed concern over
the attitude of the Grennda Polic. t.w-ard news photographers.

Ar Soon referred to the incident on August 3rd when freelance
journalist Alister Hughee, covering the deportation of Attorney
General Desmond Chriatian at Pearls Airport, was threatened by a

poLice sergeant with confiaoation of his equipment. Mr Soon also
spoke of the incident on August 10th when Aicha-l noberts of the
"renada "Torchlight" newspaper was told by a police eargeant that,
if Roberts attempted to take a photograph and the seargeant had
reason to believe he was in that photograph, he (the eargeant)
would 'mash-up' the camera. Roberts was, at the time, covering
the operations of police-assisted Inland Revenue Department officials
as they levied on and took away goods of c local business house
alleged to be in arrear.. or irxcm. t=4.

"This police attitude towards the Press is both a violation of the
'right to work' enshrined in the Grenada Constitution, and a

violation of Press Freedom", said Mr Seoon. "I take an extremely
serious view of it and, following a meeting to be called to diaouss
the matter, the Press Association will be in touch with Commissioner
or Police Adonia Francis."

Mr Seon said also that his Association was already in touch with its
solicitors in this connection, and that he would bring the situation
to the attention of the meeting of the Caribbean Press Council which
he is due to attend in Trinidad in November.
(257 -words)

Mr Curtis .tewart, Prtoident of the Grenada Technical & Allied
Workers Union, Vice-President of the Caribbean Congress of Labour

(CCL) and representative of the American Institute for Free Labour
Development (AIPID) visited both Antigua and St.Kitt this week in
connection with workshop programmes sponsored jointly by CCL and


In Antigua, a four day workshop commencing Monday 9th and sponsored
by the Antigua Workers Union was devnted to training for Section

Alat3r Hughes
THE OREADA NLV'8 LLL.ER WoLtk ending 4JL.8.76
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Leaders, whilL the, 9t.Kitte Trades & Labour Union apo sored workshop
commenced in 3aaseterre on Thursday 2Ith and was scheduled to be
oopletad on *cndiy 16th. This latter workshop dealt with
training of potential Shop Stewards.

In an exclusive interview with NWHSLE2TER in St.Kitta, Mr 'btewrt
s-;r,eeed satisfaction .ith the programme results and said that

further plans were beii.g formulated for more 00C/AIFLD workshop.
(139 words)
In an exclusive interview with NEWSLET'.?V- in St.Kitta this week,
Premier gobert Bradehaw aaia that the secussionist movement in Nevil
will never be allowed to develop into "another Anguilla".

"During the last elections", said Premier Bradataw, "both the Nevis

Reformation Party anG the People's Action Movement spoke of 'bloodshed
and 'violence'. I told them publicly that I hoped they know what
thuy were talking about because this country cannot afford violence.

And I told them clearly that I wauld allow them to shed the first drop

of blued and then I would deal with the matter drastically."

"When it is ovar", oontinuad the PruiAer, "there will be no argument,
and I'm dead various about th-it. we must stop this nonsense in the

Premier Brudahaw said that, since thu last Genural Elections in
December 1975, a unit of the Defence Force has been stationed in Nevia.
"The Police have the responaibilit to maintain law and order", he

said, "but they will draw on the services of the Defeince F.orce

as is necessary."

During this week, MiWSLETTER hnd also an exclusive interview with

Mr Simeon Daniel, Leader of the Opposition in the St.jKitte-Nevia
House of Representatives, Political Leader of the Nevia Reformation

Party and chief spokesman for the Nevis succession movement.

"The people of Nevis are now united and determined in their stand

for secession, "said Mr Daniel. "Atter all, we are 15,000 people
and Anguillo is only 7,000, and we see no reason why 15,000 people
should receive 4n inferior constitutional statue to the 7,000
6"er. of Anufllia". (continued)

AliSter Hughes
- -' THE GRENADA NEWSLETTER Week Ending 14.8.76

Ur Daniel thought that the matter of secession is not a new thing.
"It was only in January of this year", he said, "that the British
Government allowed the Gilbert Islands to saeood from the Gilbert
& Illis Islands."

Mr Daniel was emphatic that the people of Nevia will not go into
independence under what he called "the St.Kitts Government."
(298 words)

At the request of the Netherlands Government Trade Commisasioner in
Curacao, NEWSLETTER brings to the attention of subsoribers the
Royal Tropioal Institute which is located in Amsterdam and which
s co-ncerneb prfmoart1 with gathering solentific material on
tropical and sub-tropical countries and its dissemination mostly
within the framework of development cooperation.

The Institute has three departments which are concerned with
Agricultural Research, Tropical Hygiene and Social research, end,
in addition, operates a Tropical Museum which is now being converted
into a visual information centre housing on daily life and work in
tropical and subtropical regions and aspects of development

Of particular interest is the fact that the Institute organisas
courses for students and scholars who go to the Netherlands for
apecialised studies or additional training, particularly in the
field of health development.

The funl scope of the Royal Tropical Institute is set out in an
attractive leaflet which, together with further information, may
be obtained from the office of the Netherlands Government Trade
Commissioner, P 0 Box 494, Curaaco, N A, or direct from the
Royal Tropical Institute, 63 Mauritakade, Amsterdam, Holland.
(182 words)

This First National City Bank & Trust Co Ltd, officially opened
by Prime Minister Gairy on 28th May last, has been closed down
with effect from Tuesday August 10th.

.14ar Hughes
4I GRENADA NLW.SLETfR week Endly LJ..A ?
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This information was given in "r. innounrcmant over R-dio Greraan on
Tue eay of this week (10th), and the announcement said further that
~the tanager of tUe Bank has been detained by Police for questioning
in connection with certain traneoctions of the Bank."

Acoording to "'the announcement, "The Government authorities wish it
to be known that this Bank had no affiliations or connections
whatsoever with any other Bank inside or outside Grenaa."
(00 words)

On August 40th, the 8 3 "Geestcrest" sailed with 24,481 boxes of
bananas weighing 747,597 lbe and valued at EC#74,759.00. There
were 45 boxes of fruit rejected.
(27 words)
During the week ending August 7th, there were two cruise liner
calls at Grenada. The "Amerikanis" visited on Wednesday 4th
with 646 passengers, while the "Sun Viking" berthed on friday
6th with 801 passengers.
(34 word)

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